With 25 years of acting experience on the leg, South African actress Charlize Theron has become one of the most recognizable faces in the industry. Her massive filmography also includes nearly two dozen producer credits along with many award-winning roles. Fearless on screen and always deliver a fascinating and transformative achievement, she adds immeasurable value to every movie she participates in. From now on, Theron will play her roles in two sequels, including The Old Guard 2 and Atomic Blonde 2– both was recently announced. Here are some of her best performances so far.
7 The Old Guard
As a Netflix original, The Old Guard was released for streaming in 2020, making the role of Andy one of her latest performances. Theron plays an immortal whose true age is never revealed, showing off her athletic skill and impeccable fighting skills. She leads a group of mercenaries and has the task of rescuing her team after some were taken for experimentation. With the sequel on the way, fans speculate that the next episode will focus on a return for Andy’s former comrade, Quynh, who was persecuted as a witch, locked in an iron girl and fell into the sea.
Theron, starring Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, plays Fox News television anchor Megyn Kelly in Bomdop. Following the stories of three women who all accused Fox News CEO Roger Ailes of sexual harassment, the role earned Theron an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The plot shows how difficult it is for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace to come forward. Viewers see this in Theron’s actions as Kelly when she initially refused to go public with her statement. Later, she not only emerges, but she also convinces other women to tell their stories.
In arguably her most iconic role of all time, Theron underwent a complete transformation to turn the real character, Aileen, into Monster. As a biographical crime drama, the film was based on the seven murders committed by Aileen Wuornos in the span of one year. As a sex worker on the streets of Daytona Beach, FL, Aileen is brutally attacked and raped by one of her clients. After killing him in self-defense, she goes on a murder spree. However, her run is cut short by bounty hunters, and she is eventually arrested, convicted and executed. Theron took home her first Oscar award for Best Actress from this role.
4 Atomic Blonde
The action film takes place in 1989, Atomic Blonde, is based on the graphic novel The Coldest City. As an M16 spy, Lorrain Broughton was commissioned to retrieve a microfilm document known only as The List. Meanwhile, KGB agents are hot on her tail to get their hands on it first. The movie combines elements from other spy movies like series like Bourne, Bond and even John Wick. From now on, a follow-up is in the works, and it’s going to be a Netflix Original.
In the shoes of Meredith Vickers, a Wayland Corporation employee with a strict regiment, Theron joined the Stranger franchise in the 2012 spin-off, Prometheus. Very rigid and always lingering in the background, Vickers is a very suspicious character. She and the synthetic, David, apparently also have many similarities, which gives her character even more layers to work with. Theron does a fantastic job of holding back emotion throughout the film and manages to stay alive until the end when she is finally crushed by a falling spaceship.
2 Snow White and the Huntsman
In the 2012 retelling of the Snow White story, Theron steps into the evil queen character known in this version as Ravenna. Snow White and the Huntsman gives much more background to this villainous queen than ever before. With the help of her Magic Mirror, Ravenna tries to kill and eat the heart of her stepdaughter, played by Kristen Stewart. However, things go awry for her when her Hunter, Eric, deviates from the plan and helps Snow. The films received two Oscar nominations and produced a sequel, The Huntsman: Winter’s War where Theron played the role.
1 Mad Max: Fury Road
Received ten Oscar nominations, Mad Max: Fury Road at the top of the list of performances for Theron. Even Roger Ebert mentioned it one of the best movies of the 2010s. With the depiction of Imperator Furiosa, Theron gives the audience a beautiful depiction of a powerful female warrior turning against her commander to save other women. Furiosa’s quest to save “The Five Wives” turns into a race for survival amid a post-apocalyptic world.
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