In 2018, Charlize Theron gave an interview with the Seattle Times about the current #MeToo movement. “I feel in my core that there’s something about this movement that’s going to stick, and we’re just not going to go backward,” she said. “I wish it was there 20 years ago when I started. I wish there was a way to speak about this stuff and not be judged or be shamed, or even just believed.”
When Theron first started, she, too, met with a movie producer who she says behaved inappropriately around her. Speaking to the Howard Stern Show overnight, the 43-year-old actress said her agent sent her off to an audition at a producer’s house. She was just 18-years-old. The man opened the door in his pyjamas.
“He had a very healthy ego, he felt very good about himself,” she said. “There was some kind of muzak playing in the house. He sat very close to me. That was strange. The drinking bothered me. I was like, ‘This doesn’t feel right.’”
Theron asked if the producer wanted her to read the script. He didn’t. Instead he said he wanted to talk.
“And then at one point, he put his hand on my knee,” she said. “You just go blank. Like you don’t know what to do, but I left. I don’t even know how I got out of the house, but I left. It would have ended really badly. I was driving my Ford Fiesta, that I was renting, up Laurel Canyon and I was so angry with myself that I didn’t say something. I was like, I’m not that kind of girl. Why did I not tell him to go f–k himself?’ It made me so angry.”
Years later, as a very successful actress, Theron confronted the producer who claimed he had no recollection of meeting her. Because of course he would say that. “I had my moment.”
Theron didn’t name the man but did say he was a very big deal then and is still a big now.
Promoting her new comedy Long Shot, the Academy Award-winning actress made headlines in France last week when she and her co-star Seth Rogen were involved in an uncomfortable segment on television. When the host of the show lent over to Theron’s interpreter and kissed her on the cheek, Theron snapped “Maybe ask next time,” she said.
The host then asked the interpreter is she minded him kissing her, a conversation that was in French so Theron and Rogen were unaware.