Charlize Theron on ‘Eating Cake Every Single Day’
At age 36, Charlize Theron says she’s too young for a lifetime achievement award but is ready for a “celebration so far” award, which is exactly what she received Monday night at the Gotham Independent Film Awards. The Academy Award-winning actress was one of four “Tribute” winners – along with Gary Oldman, David Cronenberg and Tom Rothman. They each received special recognition by the academy for their work in both big and small budget films.
“I am not an extraordinary human being,” Theron said backstage after the win. “It’s luck and the people around me.” Theron is currently surrounding herself with director David Fincher as they adapt “Mind Hunter” for the small screen. Although she’s slated as a producer on the show that is set to profile serial killers, the actress will continue to be in front of the camera as well.
Speakeasy chatted with Theron on her most recent film, “Young Adult” where she plays an author returning to her hometown to woo her former –and now married– high school sweetheart.
“My character was literally like eating cake every single day. She was that good and that much fun to play. I’m not method, it’s not my thing, but this was my method role, I always joked with Jason [Reitman].” Billed as “the girl you hated in high school” Theron said her character rubbed off on set.
“It was so strange, the camera would stop rolling and the prop guy would be all b—–. The more of the crew would be b—–,” she said. “I’ve never had that happen.”
Another first for Theron happened Monday night. While she was accepting her award while draping her arm over co-star Patton Oswald, the two got into a debate about who has seen David Cronenberg directed “Dead Ringers” more. The two both claim to have the film on laser disc (not DVD, we asked) but Theron won as she’s the one who annually meets with a gynecologist. Or so she said.
“I had a massive crush on Jeremy Irons, and when I met my gynecologist, I was like, “Wait a second. You’re not Jeremy Irons. You don’t look like Jeremy Irons at all!” said Theron.
Although strange, Theron ended with a pithy realization. “I’m a lucky b—-. I don’t take it for granted.”