The Huntsman: Winter's War(2016)
- RatedPG13 /GenreAdventure, Fantasy
Beautiful and bold.
Those two words would perfectly sum up actress Charlize Theron.
With a storied career playing some of the most exciting roles in movies such as ‘Monster’, ‘Devil’s Advocate’, Mighty Joe Young, and ‘Max Max: Fury Road’, one would never expect the Oscar winner having another superlative attached to her qualities: humility.
She is perhaps the biggest name in ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’, the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Snow White & The Huntsman’.
But the 40-year-old actress just could not stop raving about her fellow co-stars Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.
‘MARRY ME MISS BLUNT’
Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron play evil sisters Freya and Ravenna | Photo: UIP
“They played a huge part in my decision to come back to do this,” Theron told insing Movies.
Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, who received an Oscar nomination for visual effects for the first film, ‘Winter’s War’ features Theron and Chris Hemsworth in their original roles – Ravenna and huntsman Eric, respectively – along with newcomers Blunt and Jessica Chastain as Eric's love interest, Sara.
Chris Hemsworth, Jessica Chastain, director Nicolas-Troyan and Charlize Theron in Singapore | Photo: Zaki Jufri
The actress was recently in Singapore, together with Hemsworth, Chastain and director Nicolas-Troyan for the Asian premiere of the movie.
She explained: “Jessica and Emily are two actresses that I admire. As my peers, they’re the ones that raise that bar for me as an actor. To get to work with not one but two amazing powerhouses in a film is an opportunity of a lifetime.”
Despite this being the first time they've worked together, she and Blunt hit it off right away, taking to their new roles as evil sisters (Blunt plays ice-queen and sister Freya) as well as bonding with the rest of the cast including Chastain and Chris Hemsworth.
“There was instant chemistry from the first moment Emily and I met. There was a lot of chatter on set, and a lot of Cedric going ‘girls, we’re rolling’,” she joked.
“I wished she wasn’t married because I want to marry her!” she gushed about Blunt.
Scratch that: Theron is funny, humble, beautiful and ballsy.
‘I’LL TRY ANYTHING’
Charlize Theron's many roles
A former model and ballerina, Theron was determined not to just play the babe in Hollywood after her breakout role in ‘2 Days In The Valley’.
She put on weight and wore prosthetics to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s ‘Monster’, a role that won her a Best Actress Oscar trophy among many other roles.
She played a female miner in the gritty ‘North Country’, received a Golden Globe nom for portraying a troubled former prom queen in ‘Young Adult, and most memorably, shaving her head to play a post-apocalyptic road warrior Imperator Furiosa in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’. She jumped at the chance when producers mooted the role of the evil queen to her for the 2012 movie.
“I’ll try anything,” she exclaimed.
“I remember googling her and getting the cartoon image of her with the raven hair, the arched eyebrows, the red lips and the collared cloak. It’s such an iconic character. I thought that there would be inspiring about taking the character and turning it on its head to get something very new,” Theron recalled.
With her character’s backstory already established in the first movie, the filmmakers decided to move away from the Snow White tale and take the story into another direction.
“When we take the character that we created and throw her in different circumstances with her younger sister, it allows for new things to happen,” Theron said.
“Never in a million years, would I have thought of seeing Ravenna love something. I could never imagine her showing love towards something, and we got to explore that in this film,” she added.
CHANGING MISCONCEPTIONS OF WOMEN
Theron at Asian premiere of 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' in Singapore | Photo: Zaki Jufri
In the movie, her character is obsessed with her own vanity that she would do anything to preserve it.
“Thematically, there's a powerful story here for women, especially about the currency that we value like our obsession with beauty and youth,” she noted.
She explained: “Women have been pigeonholed by society so much there’s a huge misconception about how we truly feel about ourselves. There is an analogy that women are like cut flowers — that we just wilt after a while and men are fine wine that age better the older they get. We have to take ownership and change that thinking.”
This is precisely why Theron has been fighting to avoid being typecast as typical pretty female love interest or damsel in distress.
“Women have to take ownership and change that thinking. We are worth so much more than what we look like.”
Despite campaigning for many causes, including rights groups PETA and Rape Crisis, and being a UN Messenger of Peace with a focus on ending violence against women and children, Theron doesn't think that she is a role model.
"I am so aware that I am just an entertainer. The reason I do what I do is because I love film. I believe in its power and inspiration that it exudes. I have watched movies that have moved and changed me. I think film can really do that," she said.
"I believe that I am just a small part of that."