Charlize Theron gained an Oscar for taking part in serial killer Aileen Wournos in 2003’s Monster, however she says that her new position as former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in Bombshell was a lot tougher. The 44-year-old actress defined that Kelly is so well-known that she felt a variety of stress enjoying somebody “on that level.”
After a screening of the brand new movie this weekend, Theron instructed People Magazine that she has performed actual individuals earlier than, however they had been all the time unknowns, which meant she felt rather a lot much less stress with these roles.
Theron additionally revealed that she was hesitant to take the position when she first obtained the provide as a result of the thought of enjoying a Fox News anchor was scary.
“Maybe there’s somebody out there who can do this better than you can,” Theron recalled pondering. “But I was just really scared too. I honestly knew her so superficially.”
The Jay Roach-directed Bombshell stars Theron as Kelly, together with Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, Margot Robbie as a fictional Fox News producer, and John Lithgow as former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who’s the villain within the story. Both Kelly and Carlson accused Ailes of sexual harassment after they labored at Fox News.
Theron admits that after enjoying Kelly, she now realizes how sophisticated her state of affairs was. She defined that lots of people didn’t perceive why Kelly didn’t converse up about Ailes, however Theron says that information anchor was in a sophisticated place. As a human being, Theron says she has empathy for that, and lots of people don’t actually perceive it.
In her 2016 memoir Settle for More, Kelly described Ailes’ sexual harassment, which got here out across the similar time that Ailes resigned from the community after quite a few girls made related claims as Kelly. He denied the accusations till his dying in May 2017.
Kelly left Fox News and signed a large multi-million greenback contract with NBC in 2017. However, as followers know, that settlement exploded after Megyn Kelly Today obtained less-than-spectacular scores, after which she made a controversial remark about blackface and Halloween costumes.
Bombshell opens in theaters nationwide on December 20th.