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Hollywood interview, and you didn’t record what the interviewee was wearing or eating? Amateur. However, you dithered until well into the Sunday Arts  jump before quoting more than two words, so there’s hope.

LOS ANGELES — Going into a lunchtime meeting with Charlize Theron a few weeks ago, I wasn’t sure whether to feel amped or a little afraid.

Ms. Theron is, of course, a powerhouse actress who has old Hollywood glamour and a mile-wide range. She has also played a series of lethal ladies so convincingly it is hard not to conclude a part of her is tapped into a rich vein of redirected rage. Obviously, being an Oscar winner, she’s ace at her job. But her slam-dunk portrayals of real and fictitious killers — the convicted murderer Aileen Wuornos from “Monster,” Imperator Furiosa in “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Ravenna in “Snow White and the Huntsman” and now a merciless hand-to-hand combatant in the new “Atomic Blonde” — all suggest a woman who does not easily suffer fools.

Ms. Theron does, however, suffer colds, and had to cancel a few hours before our lunch and reschedule for the next day. She was fighting a virus, she later explained, and shortly before our planned chat had downed daytime cough medicine that left her a little high, and not all that cogent.

“So sorry,” Ms. Theron said as she scooched into a corner banquet table at a restaurant on the Universal lot. She is luminous, lanky and, by all evidence, poreless. (Defying celebrity profile protocol, I neglected to jot down either what she had on — I dimly recall black pants and a black top — or what she ordered for lunch.) She still sounded somewhat froggy, and her eyes were a little rheumy, but she had rallied. As the extended fight sequences in “Atomic Blonde” show, Ms. Theron’s work ethic is, in a good way, sick.

(New York Times)



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