Charlize Theron | Quotes

“I like good eggs. I don’t set out to be little Miss Goody Two-shoes, which I’m so not, but I don’t do drama. It’s just too hard. I think some people get energy from that. I get completely drained from it. There’s nothing I despise more than actors showing up being horrible human beings just because they can, when some grip is there trying to feed his family. I hate elitism. Watching someone try to figure out who’s on whose level, and who’s not, really bothers me.” – Vogue, October 2004

“It’s strange that people put so much emphasis on us. We make movies, but you know what? At the end of the day, we’re just normal people. After the Oscars, I had people waiting outside my house and following me around. I realized I couldn’t live my life this way, so I filed a lot of police reports, and now it’s fine. I’m just never going to be comfortable being easy prey. I just can’t. I’m never going to be that starlet girl, the paparazzi angel who always says the right thing, because it’s not who I want to be. I’m very lucky: I have a great job, I have my friends and my family and my dogs, and anything other than that right now I’m not focused on. It’s the only way I know how to live.” – Vogue, October 2004

“I really didn’t feel like I belonged in my skin. I didn’t like the way clothes looked on me. I felt bony. I felt like my boobs disappeared and I had these big shoulders, but everything else was so tiny, and I wasn’t comfortable at all.” (On her weight during Sweet November) – Vogue, October 2004

“I found myself making really bad movies, too. Reindeer Games was not a good movie, but I did it because I loved John Frankenheimer. And then I feel like this last part of my career was when I started realizing that if I didn’t do something different I was going to make movies like The Italian Job for the rest of my life. I kind of felt, God, I hope there will be somebody who will want to take a chance on me. And then… the gods were watching over me. Because Monster happened.” – Vogue, October 2004

“Some magazine wrote an article about ‘What will she do next? Where can she go from here?’ It’s like, God, I’m 28. Relax!” – Vogue, October 2004

“I have this thing about wanting to marry Ozzy Osbourne just purely because I want to take care of him. Stuart always laughs at me because they have a house not too far away from us in Malibu, and he’s like, ‘Your boyfriend’s walking by.’ I like those older guys.” – Vogue, October 2004

“I don’t know where we lost touch with what an actor does. What do we do? We transform into characters. That’s our job – to make you come to the theater and enter a world that is different. I don’t want to go and watch celebrities onscreen telling a story. I want to go and see characters.” – Interview, March 2004

“The only thing I can say is that these parts for women are very rare. I don’t understand why writers think that when they’re writing about a very conflicted, confronting character who’s got a lot of gray areas, those parts predominantly come in male form – like it’s okay for a guy to go through all of these conflicting things. But when it’s a woman, it’s this uncomfortable thing, as if it’s not okay for her to be conflicted and do horrible things.” – Interview, March 2004

“The truth is it’s questionable whether Aileen was really a lesbian, which only emphasizes the fact that when love happens it transcends issues of male and female – to me, that’s the purest form of love.” – Interview, March 2004

“It’s definitely given me a new belief that if you hang on long enough you don’t have to compromise; there’s going to be someone out there that sees you in a truer way than other people do. If you just hold out you’ll actually get to do the things that matter to you and that prepare you for climbing Mount Everest. I don’t want to be the kind of actor that just rides on the coattails of beauty or whatever.” – Interview, March 2004

“I don’t think condemning people who murder and then killing them necessarily sends out the right message, and I have a huge problem with the way these people are used as political pawns.” – Reuters, February 2004

“For me, [a nude scene] is just another scene. I’m sorry, its easy to take your clothes off. Sometimes its much harder to actually show raw emotion.” – Entertainment Weekly, January 9, 2004

“The word brave is so misused. The things we as actors are just dying to do, people tend to look at that and says that’s “brave” or “couragious”. Meanwhile, you’re sitting at home going, “God, I just hope something comes along where I can strip it all down.” – Entertainment Weekly, January 9, 2004

“I’ve never wanted to be a celebrity. I didn’t know what a celebrity was until I came to America. I grew up in a culture where there weren’t any reading materials on movies. I loved movies but I had no idea Tom Hanks was a star. I thought he was just a guy with a cool job. I guess that mentality has always followed me. I don’t want to compromise in my work or my life. I live in Los Angeles on my acre property with my stray dogs. I love gardening. and that’s my haven. I travel a lot and I make clear decisions on what part of my life becomes public and what part doesn’t. I don’t need that attention and I feel uncomfortable with it. I have a great time talking about my work as an actress. but I have no desire to be on 50 covers and television. I get sick of myself after a while.” – interview, 2002

“I’ve always had a soft spot for animals. I’m very touched when I see an animal on the street. I feel animals and children are part of our responsibility as human beings, because they can’t fend for themselves. I like to take care of strays so as to not encourage breeding and pet stores to just create more animals. The same with babies. There are so many unwanted children on this earth, but it’s our job because they can’t.” – interview, 2002

“I both related to her [her Sweet November character] and wanted so badly to have some of the qualities she had. I would like to be as brave as she is. To be that fearless is definitely something I admire.” – E! Online, February 16, 2001

“I think what makes all of us endearing are our flaws, and Sara [her Sweet November character] certainly has a lot of them. That’s what I like in people–especially in characters I play – because it’s reality. We’re all flawed, we’re all flaky. Those things are important to me as an actor. I just can’t stand watching perfect people on the screen. It drives me insane.” – E! Online, February 16, 2001

“Jason Isaacs [in drag] is not the most attractive woman, but he loved cross-dressing. I think every guy – deep down – would like to give it a try, but they just don’t have the courage.” – E! Online, February 16, 2001

“I do find myself having to sometimes go and fight to get less glamorous, more meaty roles.” – E! Online, February 16, 2001

“I have two cocker spaniels, Denver and Delilah, and they go everywhere with me. When I do a movie, the people who book my travel know they’ll have to schedule my dogs, too. They give me a sense of comfort. When things go crazy on a film set, I can walk into my trailer, see those two faces looking at me and know life is not so bad.” – E! Online, February 16, 2001

“I have a mother who, pardon the expression, kicks my ass if I get out of line. On the other hand, she has always made me feel the sky is the limit. No matter how miserably I failed, she was always there for me. I might fail in a movie, but when it comes to being a real person, I get my sense of respect and dignity from my mother. When I was growing up, she never hesitated to spank me if I deserved it. And I feel completely blessed to have been brought up that way. She’s my support system and my voice of reason.” – E! Online, February 16, 2001

“I think that’s a good way to view the quality of life, to realise how valuable and how short it is for all of us. And it doesn’t matter what your occupation is, it’s your choice to live your life well, and make time for the things that are important to you.” – BBC Films, 2001

“I’m very fortunate to be in a place in my career where I don’t have to work for the sake of working, so I’m really just doing it because I want to learn. And I feel like I’m at a place right now where I get to do that, where I get to work with people that I can learn from, and I have that hunger right now. That’s why I’m doing it because I genuinely like it. I really do.” –, November 3, 2000

“No, I didn’t want to work with Ben [Affleck] again. I gotta say something about him to get him back for all his stuff about Charlize being very method and I’m a very giving actor. I’m gonna shoot him in the head! What the hell is that about?” –, 2000

“I think today women are very scared to celebrate themselves, because then they just get labeled. And I was victim to that very early in my career, where I would go into auditions, and I’d be wearing a big T shirt, a big baggy T shirt and loose jeans. You know, to try and show people that there was more to me than just that. Now, luckily, I’m at a place where I don’t have to fear that anymore. And so I just ride it as hard as I can.” –, 2000

“You can never get to a place of comfort in this business. As soon as you hit that little cushy spot, somebody’s gonna kick you out. So I have a constant need to do it better.” –, 2000

“Nudity, if used correctly, is extremely powerful. Its there to shock.” – Vanity Fair, January 1999