Why Charlize Theron shaved her head

Charlize Theron in Mad Max: Fury RoadGoing the extra mile for a role can mean a number of different things.  Shaving your head definitely falls into that category. Especially if you’re a woman. How many female actors would sign up for that?

My guess would be not many but I can name one for sure.  Charlize Theron.

Who could possibly convince her to do it?  Nobody, that’s who. The idea was all hers.  In the apocalyptic story Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize felt her character needed the look to fit in.

“More than anything, I just didn’t know how to play this character with hair. I was really struggling with that,” she told ET Canada. “This story was informing me that the character had to kind of blend in this underground, mechanic world with all these war boys… and I just didn’t know how to do that with a ponytail.”

Charlize’s hair has since grown back but to see her rocking the buzz cut, check out Mad Max: Fury Road when it hits theaters this Friday, May 15th. ~Andree Rhooms

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  1. Adrienne • May 7, 2015 @ 9:42 AM

    Uhhmmm… Demi Moore, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchett, Ellen Page, Sigourney Weaver, …

    (Oh, and I’m a woman who has been shaving her head for over 20 years.)

    It’s just hair. She didn’t cut off a limb.

    Christian Bale in The Machinist; now that was “going the extra mile”.

  2. Alistair • May 7, 2015 @ 1:18 PM

    Add Karen Gillan for Guardians of the galaxy, to the list above.

  3. Bobby • May 7, 2015 @ 1:39 PM

    What is Charlize theron doing with that idiot Sean Penn. This guy is on of the ugliest guys in the world. She could get any guy so why pick this looser.

  4. Corinne • May 7, 2015 @ 5:03 PM

    Sean Penn is probably a good lover, and a bad boy.

  5. irene sacchetto • May 7, 2015 @ 9:15 PM

    Charlize is such a beauty whether she has hair or not.Just gorgeous.

  6. Andrew • May 8, 2015 @ 10:06 AM

    Yeah, she looks good no matter what. Which is probably why she didn’t mind doing it.

  7. Jacqui Graham • May 8, 2015 @ 5:32 PM

    For an actress who won Best Actress for her portrayal of serial killer Eileen Wuornos in “Monster” and a Best Actress nomination for miner Josey Aimes in “North Country”, I would think hair or no hair is a moot point. However, it is exciting to find an actress willing to go to any lengths (pun intended) to find her character.

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