Charlize Theron Says ‘Monster’ Investors Wanted a ‘Hot Lesbian Movie’

What could be sexier than a homicidal woman who kills truckers?

Charlize Theron’s career-making role in “Monster” started out as something very different, she revealed in a new interview.

The 47-year-old actress played real-life killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 serial killer drama, opposite Christina Ricci as her lover, Selby Wall.

Theron, who went on to win an Oscar for her role, alleged in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar that investors were still pushing for an NSFW LGBTQ story, rather than a plot about a killer on the run.

She told the publication how sponsors demanded “a hot lesbian movie with me and Christina Ricci”; however, that’s not what the Patty Jenkins-directed “Monster” turned out to be.

“There’s a natural struggle in me to want to create environments that feel like things I wish I had 30 years ago when I started,” Theron said.

The “Old Guard” actress also opened up about her troubles with costumes while filming.

Charlize Theron Cover Harper's BAZAAR October 2022

“Having absolutely no control over what you wear is a big thing that really bothered me for years,” Theron told Harper’s Bazaar.


Charlize Theron Cover Harper's BAZAAR October 2022

Charlize Theron is on the cover of the October 2022 issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

“Having absolutely no control over what you wear is a big thing that really bothered me for years. Having a guy make you have a test almost in front of them, things like that, it’s really demeaning,” Theron said.

He then described an incident on set involving a director who kept wanting him to change his clothes.

“When I started, there was no conversation about it. It was like, ‘This is what you’re wearing,’” she explained. “And I remember one film in particular, this male director who kept drawing me in, test after test after test.”

“And it was so obvious that it had to do with my sexuality and how f––kable they could make me in the movie. And when I started out, that was pretty much the norm,” the “Fate of the Furious” star said.

Theron has been a staple in Hollywood movies for 25 years, yet she still doesn’t feel like she’s reached the “Kim Kardashian level” of notoriety.

Christina Ricci, Charlize Theron in "Monster"
Christina Ricci (left) and Charlize Theron in 2003’s “Monster.”
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Elsewhere in the profile, the mother of two revealed how her career has evolved.

“I think that working more is not going to change my level of fame,” he said. “It’s just always been a mediocre ride. I have never been one of those people who is at the level of Kim Kardashian. But I feel like it’s always been this.”

Theron also opened up about how most of her 20s and 30s in the entertainment business, and the way she was raised, helped her find her voice.

“[In my young adult years], it was a time where you had to be a rowdy bitch to find some room in the room,” she continued. “I don’t necessarily like being that person, but there was definitely a time in my life where that was the only way I knew how to function.”

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