Charlize Theron biographyCharlize Theron is a South African and American actress, model, and film producer and a recipient of multiple awards and accolades including the prestigious Golden Globe and Academy Award for her role in Monster.
Childhood and early lifeCharlize Theron was born on August 7m 1975 in Benoni, South Africa. Her parents, Gerda (nee Maritz) and Charles Jacob Theron owned a farm and a construction firm.
Start of modeling careerIn her 16 Charlize, following her mother’s advice, took part in a local modeling competition in Salerno and eventually won it. Theron continued her winning streak, securing first place in another competition in Italian city Positano.
Young Charlize dreamed about becoming a ballet dancer and enrolled in Joffrey Ballet School, working as a model in her spare time. However, she had to reconcile her career choice; in her 19 she injured her knees and had to look out for other job opportunities. I realized I couldn't dance anymore, and I went into a major depression. My mom came over from South Africa and said, 'Either you figure out what to do next or you come home because you can sulk in South Africa – actress remembers.
Start of movie careerEight months after her moving to Los Angeles she finally managed to score her first role, even if with no lines. She appeared in a 3-second episode in Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest. Later on, she was cast in the pilot episode of Hollywood Confidential, but the series was considered a failure and ultimately canceled.
Worldwide recognitionIn 2003 Charlize Theron was cast to star in crime drama Monster, based on a real story; she had to portray infamous serial killer Aileen Wuornos. In order to master the character, young actress thoroughly studied Aileen’s personal files and criminal case, gained 30 pounds (14 kg), started to wear contact lenses to make her eyes look dull and faded, shaved her eyebrows, and let the makeup artist transform herself into an entirely different person.
In 2012 Theron once again was able to showcase her versatility, mantling a dark image of Quinn Ravenna in American fantasy film Snow White and the Huntsman. Her character is opposed by charming Snow White portrayed by Kristen Stewart and brave Eric the Huntsman Chris Hemsworth.