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5 memorable roles of Charlize Theron

By Wang DexianMovies - 11 June 2012 3:06 PM

5 memorable roles of Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna, Meredith Vickers, Mavis Gray and Aeon Flux

June is shaping up to be a good month for actress and all-time hottie Charlize Theron. Besides channelling her best inner b---- as the evil queen in ‘Snow White and The Huntsman, Theron also has a major role in Ridley Scott's mysterious sci-fi epic ‘Prometheus’ where she plays the enigmatic Meredith Vickers, an authority figure who seems to have her own agenda to push on the space mission.

As we explore the following list of roles that many movie goers would remember her for, it's easy to see that she has quite the knack for playing strong female characters and even the occasional sociopath.


Aileen Wuornos – ‘Monster’

The role that allowed Charlize to nab an Oscar sees her playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a real story about a former prostitute who killed seven men and was tried and executed for the killing of six of them.

The part is especially memorable, due in part to the true nature of its story but mostly because of Theron's transformation from beauty queen to an unattractive serial killer with serious mental issues. Donning prosthetic teeth and gaining 30 pounds just to play the role, Theron is astonishing, with even Roger Ebert hailing it as one of the “greatest performances in the history of cinema.”

Also read: ‘Snow White & The Huntsman’ movie review

A tragic tale of passion and murder, Theron's performance is truly gripping and elevates the film to another level and is duly worthy of a golden statute.


Josey Aimes – ‘North Country’

A couple of years after her Oscar win, Theron tackled yet another difficult role; a loose adaptation of the true story of Lois Jenson, a female miner whose landmark sexual harassment lawsuit against the Eveleth Taconite Company was not only the first of its kind but also was an extremely drawn out case, taking a whopping 14 years for it to be settled.

The film condenses the timeline into a much shorter scale, but that doesn't make it any less dramatic. Playing Josey Aimes, the fictionalized version of Jenson, Theron manages to inject the necessary grit and toughness needed playing a female miner, but also maintains the subtle vulnerability of a woman who gets constantly abused by co-workers and even family like her own father and son. Powerful stuff.


Mavis Gray – ‘Young Adult’

This one's pretty new on this list. After a couple of years laying low after 2009's ‘The Road’, Theron resurfaced last year, teaming up with Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody, the director-screenwriter combo that gave us ‘Juno’.

Also read: ‘Prometheus’ movie review

In ‘Young Adult’, Theron plays a divorced ghost writer of a series of trashy young adult novels who is convinced that she and her now-married high school boyfriend are meant to be. She returns to her home town of Mercury, Minnesota and hatches a plan to get him back.

Essentially the female answer to the man-children found in Judd Apatow movies, the role explores the dangers of stunted growth. Charlize is a hoot playing the narcissistic Mavis, a woman desperate to cling on to her teenage glory years. That the film is funny helps a lot too.


Æon Flux – ‘Æon Flux’

Let's be honest here. This movie is straight up terrible. But hey, it did give us action heroine Charlize Theron – all decked in skin tight spandex with jet black hair. The film was an adaptation of an animated sci-fi television series of the same name.

Set in a depressingly bad post-apocalyptic future where almost everyone is dead and survivors living in a highly oppressed walled city-state run by scientists, Theron's character is a member of the “Monicans”, a bunch of rebels with telepathic powers.

So yeah, it's pretty much a horrible, horrible excuse to dress Charlize Theron sexily and have her kick ass in that outfit (the headline does say “memorable” instead of “best”).

There's another reason why this movie is on the list. We probably won't be seeing Ms. Theron lend her talents to any other ass kicking action films ever again as she suffered a herniated disc in her neck after falling while performing a series of back handsprings. So unfortunately for us, no sassy action movies starring her as a ninja or whatever. Sorry guys.

Though the closest she has been to another role like this is as the heroine of The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers' music video for his song ‘Crossfire’, which sees her saving Flowers (with a name like that, of course he needs saving) from ninjas by wielding a bad ass katana and throwing some ninja stars.


Tina Powers – ‘That Thing You Do!’

Hey, it's the movie with the extremely hummable song! Almost no one remembers this, but Charlize Theron actually played the girlfriend of Guy “Shades” Patterson before he falls in love with Liv Tyler's character.

Of course, Guy's the drummer who in true Beatles-like fashion, steps in to replace the incumbent and drives the Oneders/Wonders to success. Theron has a small part at the beginning of the movie, in which her ability to play aloof unlikable characters is clearly evident.

As Tina, she shares no enthusiasm for her boyfriend's budding career;  even touching up her make up instead while he's on stage rocking the drums. Classic.


Dexian or just Dex if you have an inability to pronounce Chinese names, is a fervent film lover who's known to read up on the most inane pieces of cinema trivia just so he has something to talk about when he's drunk. When he's not watching something, he can be found reading other useless Wikipedia articles on things like Nebulaphobia.