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- Charlize Theron portrays former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in “Bombshell.”
- In an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, Theron shared that she was initially conflicted to play Kelly in the movie.
- “We have different, I think, points of view on a lot of issues. And she has definitely said things in the past that I’ve had issue with, that I took issue with. But the focus really was to tell the story of these women at Fox,” Theron said.
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For her starring role as Megyn Kelly in “Bombshell,” Charlize Theron embodied the character of the former Fox News host.
This involved wearing facial prosthetics to change the structure of her eyelid area, and losing her voice in the process of adapting to Kelly’s signature, low-pitched tone and fast-paced speaking cadence, Theron told NPR’s Terry Gross in an interview on “Fresh Air” from December 16.
Theron said on “Fresh Air” that she was initially conflicted to portray Kelly.
“We’re very different women,” Theron told Gross. “We have different, I think, points of view on a lot of issues. And she has definitely said things in the past that I’ve had issue with, that I took issue with. But the focus really was to tell the story of these women at Fox.”
“Bombshell,” which opened in theaters December 13, is based on the story of Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News anchor who sparked a larger movement by filing a lawsuit against Fox’s then-CEO, Roger Ailes, for sexually harassing her. After news spread of Carlson’s lawsuit, Kelly, along with several other women who were victims of Ailes’ harassment, came forward with their stories.
Theron continued in the “Fresh Air” interview, saying that she found the stories of Kelly, Carlson, and the other women of Fox News to be what made the film important to pursue.
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“A lot of these women have been somewhat hypocritical when it comes to sexual harassment and have made statements about sexual harassment that have not necessarily been about, really, bettering the workplace for women or just for women in general. All of that was so unusual for me,” Theron said in the NPR interview. “But that really was the importance of the film and why I think we wanted to make it.”
Theron added that recognizing the bravery of the women involved in the story gave her a sense of purpose in the making of the movie.
“Once I zeroed in on that, and I found space in the film for us to show Megyn with some of those issues, I felt like that was a true representation of not just her, but I think of the world of Fox and what they kind of send out into the world,” Theron said.
Theron’s leading role as Kelly landed her a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination, along with supporting actresses Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. The cast of “Bombshell” is also nominated for a separate SAG award.
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