Charlize Theron: I experimented with women
Charlize Theron has revealed that she had a “swim in the lady pond” when she was young.
The Mad Max: Fury Road actress is playing a bisexual character in new film Atomic Blonde.
Appearing on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, she opened up about her own sexual experiences.
Discussing the new film , Cohen had asked her if she had personally “swam in the lady pond”.
She said: “Ooh! When I was young, yes. When you’re young you’re just kind of exploring it all. But it was pretty clear that I really like dudes.”
Asked about playing a bisexual character, she said: “Why not? It’s just so strange when we talk so much about it. It should be normalised by now.
“It’s something I feel is not represented enough in cinema… I feel that when you make movies, if you’re going to hold that mirror up and reflect society, then you should reflect society.”
Theron kicks ass in Atomic Blonde while playing secret agent Lorraine Broughton.
Instead of hooking up with male co-star James McAvoy, as dictated by heteronormative movie tradition, she has sex with another female spy, played by Sofia Boutella.
She confessed previously: “I just loved it, for so many reasons.
The first reason, she said, was her “frustration of how that community is represented in cinema, or lack thereof.
“And also, it made perfect sense. It just suited her,” Theron continued.
“It just felt there was a way through that relationship and the fact that it was a same-sex relationship to show a woman not having to fall in love, which is one of those female tropes.
“It’s a woman; she better fall in love – otherwise, she’s a whore!”, she joked.
This isn’t the first time Theron has played an LGBT character.
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Her portrayal of real-life mass murderer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 film Monster earned her the Best Actress awards at the Oscars and the Golden Globes.
She has also been a long-time LGBT activist.
In 2009, she pledged not to marry her long-term boyfriend at the time, Stuart Townsend, until same-sex marriage was legal across the US.
The couple split in 2010.