As Theron enters the third decade of her career, she hasn’t just figured out how to game the system. After 2 Days in the Valley, Theron’s agent arranged for her to audition for Showgirls.
She continues to fight the idea that the private lives of female stars are not only public property, but take precedence over whatever they do onscreen.
This anecdote finds its way into almost every profile of Theron, and Theron herself has regularly described it as “Lana Turner-esque,” referencing the classic Hollywood star who, according to popular lore, was “discovered” at Schwab’s Soda Fountain in Los Angeles in 1937.
The tantrum, the beauty, and the comparisons to Turner — best known for her ice-cold platinum look and secretly sordid private life — provided the star mold for Theron’s early image.
First, you keep conducting your career as a man would — or, more precisely, you redefine what a woman’s career might look like.
And then you lobby for, demand, or create the very roles that Hollywood wouldn’t otherwise.