Charlize Theron plays another put upon working woman in In the Valley of Elah. The only female detective in a police precinct, her character, Det. Sanders, faces sexism and resistance from her colleagues and superiors. She colors her hair dark and wears long sleeves and pants to cover her fabulous curves, but itâ€™s not about how she looks.
â€œPaul [Haggis] and I talked a little bit when we started to talk about Sanders. I said to Paul, â€˜People make such a big deal about it. The irony of it is when it comes to finding a character for me, it’s just about the facts.â€™ You look at this woman, so it’s not about how can we make me look different? I think the great thing about being an actor, it’s not about that. It’s about how do we get access to the truth. To me, that’s always the biggest question whether it’s where is the scene going or how do I physically look or how are we going to facilitate Paul in telling this story correctly.â€