Biography: Charlize Theron
Oscar®-winner Charlize Theron is one of the great actresses of our time. With her ability to capture a plethora of characters, she relentlessly demands the audience’s full attention as soon as she appears on screen. The South African native is continuously praised and admired for her inspiring and powerful performances.
Theron captivated audiences as female serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 independent gem Monster. Theron received an Independent Spirit Award, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award, a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award, a San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award, a New York Film Critics Online Award, a Southeastern Film Critics Award, a Breakthrough Performance award from the National Board of Review and an Academy Award® for her emotionally devastating performance in the film.
Theron recently starred in Jason Reitman’s dark comedy Young Adult, for which she earned a 2012 Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture—Comedy or Musical. She will next star in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. This summer, she will begin shooting Warner Bros.’ Mad Max: Fury Road, to be directed by George Miller.
In 2008, Theron starred in Guillermo Arriaga’s directorial debut, The Burning Plain, in which she played Sylvia, a woman who is forced to take an emotional journey to rid herself of a sin from her past. Theron produced the film and starred alongside Kim Basinger.
Also in 2008, Theron starred alongside Will Smith and Jason Bateman in the action comedy Hancock, which was the third highest-grossing film that year.
Theron starred opposite Frances McDormand and Sissy Spacek in the 2005 drama North Country, for director Niki Caro. Based on the real-life story of a group of women coal miners and the hostile work environment they faced on a daily basis, North Country received great praise. Theron earned nominations for a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, a Critics’ Choice Movie Award and an Oscar® for her performance as Josey Aimes.
Theron also captivated audiences in HBO’s The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, in which she starred opposite Geoffrey Rush. For her performance, she received Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Golden Globe Awards and the Emmy Awards, and a Best Actress nomination at the SAG Awards.
In addition to having produced The Burning Plain through her production company Denver and Delilah, Theron is developing and executive producing an HBO series called Mind Hunter, with director David Fincher.
Moviegoers were first introduced to Theron’s seductive charm in her feature film debut, MGM’s 2 Days in the Valley. The film also starred James Spader, Eric Stoltz and Jeff Daniels. She was also seen co-starring alongside Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in The Devil’s Advocate; with Tom Hanks in That Thing You Do!; and in Jonathan Lynn’s Trial and Error. She also starred in Woody Allen’s Celebrity and in Mighty Joe Young, with Bill Paxton. In 1999, she starred in the Oscar®-nominated The Cider House Rules and in New Line Cinema’s The Astronaut’s Wife, with Johnny Depp. In 2000, the much-in-demand Theron tackled back-to-back roles in Robert Redford’s The Legend of Bagger Vance, with Will Smith and Matt Damon; Fox 2000’s Men of Honor, with Robert DeNiro and Cuba Gooding, Jr.; John Frankenheimer’s Reindeer Games, with Ben Affleck; and Miramax’s The Yards, co-starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, James Caan and Faye Dunaway.
In 2001, Theron illuminated the screen in the Warner Bros. tearjerker Sweet November, alongside Keanu Reeves, and in Woody Allen’s The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, co-starring Helen Hunt, Dan Aykroyd and David Ogden Stiers. In fall 2002, Theron starred opposite Patrick Swayze, Natasha Richardson and Billy Bob Thornton in Waking Up in Reno and starred alongside Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Dakota Fanning in Trapped, directed by Luis Mandoki.
This biography/filmography of Charlize Theron is courtesy of Universal Pictures, Roth Films and Snow White and the Huntsman