Charlize Theron really punched Teri Hatcher in the face: ‘I hit her really bad’

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Charlize Theron covers the latest issue of W Magazine, and I’m trying to figure out who she reminds me of in this editorial. I think it’s Kristen Stewart, specifically K-Stew circa Cannes 2016, when she had that terrible half-blonde hair. It’s not a good look on most women, and it’s downright painful on Charlize. I’ll say it: what’s up with the bangs?? Good God. Anyway, Charlize is chatting about her new film, Atomic Blonde, where she plays an ass-kicking assassin named Lorraine. It’s heavy on the stylized action, which is right in Charlize’s wheelhouse. I’m actually looking forward to it. You can read Charlize’s W interview here. Some highlights:

Why she took the role in Atomic Blonde. “I didn’t just want to play a girly spy who depends on her flirty ways. It would be so boring to just be ‘the girl’ and wait for the guys to come in when there’s a fight. Instead, I thought about Atomic Blonde the way I imagine men think about parts in action films. I was intrigued and challenged.”

Whether she likes action films: “I really like them. One of my first memories is of watching Die Hard and just loving it. Maybe something’s wrong with me.

She punched Teri Hatcher in the face for-real: “Yes! 2 Days in the Valley. Rotten Tomatoes gave it number 17 on the list of 20 Greatest Fight Scenes Ever. The fight was between me and Teri Hatcher. I hit her really bad. [W: Did you knock out her teeth?] No. But I think she was bruised. And because it was Teri Hatcher, who was a star, and I was this bleached-blonde-Amazonian, catsuit-wearing nobody who was punching her in the face, I was like a wild animal. Back then I didn’t know how to hone in my energy and I was knocking over lights. I had no concept of a set. I connected right with Teri Hatcher’s face. I felt terrible about it. I had no money and sent her some cheap beer the next day. Sorry, Teri.”

Staging the action sequences: “…It’s like dance, and I grew up taking ballet. I love discipline. I function really well within the parameters of discipline and knowing what to do. For instance, you have to throw yourself into ballet 100 percent, and that was really good for me as a young girl. But other than Teri Hatcher, I had only connected my fist with a girl’s face once in my entire life, so I had to do a lot of training for this film.

The other woman she punched: “I was working in Milan as a model, and this girl got very aggressive with me at a bar. She pushed me and started talking smack, and that was it. My body just took over, and I thought, I didn’t just do that, did I? It was not badass like Lorraine at all. With Lorraine, we talked a lot about, ‘What would it be like if a girl was really fighting these big guys?’ David Leitch was so specific about knowing that a girl would never punch with her wrist, or her wrist would break. She would use her elbows. Or her knees. He designed the fights around what my strengths would be. And we made sure that we showed the impact of the hits that she took. We wanted the audience to feel the pain.”

Whether she would be a good spy in real life: “No. I think I would just hide. I’d be really good at hiding. [Laughs] But I would fight. I would try, you know? To fight to the death you have to have a certain personality. Someone who lives like Lorraine cannot be superhealthy and dream of unicorns. She’s haunted.”

She called Mark Wahlberg a girl: “I’m a great driver. I grew up on a farm. When I did The Italian Job, Mark Wahlberg, my costar, would do one 360 and start puking. I was like, ‘What’s up, girl?’ [Laughs] And also, I’m really, really good at cleaning—at laundry! I love coming back from a trip and opening my suitcase and doing laundry at 4:30 a.m. because I’m so jet-lagged. I dig that. I can’t help myself: I’ll walk into my kitchen, and be 20 minutes late because I’m cleaning and I can’t stop. The worst is when I’m making a film and I don’t get enough cleaning out of my system. It kind of builds up, and I’ll be in my trailer with my toothbrush cleaning the filthy corners. They’ll say, ‘We’re ready for you, Charlize,’ and I’m like, ‘I’m going to be right there! Just need to get some more corners.’

[From W Magazine]

I wish I found it relaxing to clean or wash things, but it just doesn’t work for me. Now, I love folding laundry – that really does relax me, but cleaning things? No. As for Charlize talking about all of the ladies she’s punched in her life… I’ll admit it, I sort of laughed at the Teri Hatcher story. Poor Teri Hatcher! Punched in the face by a novice actress who would become big-deal Charlize Theron. Is it true that if a woman tried to punch a guy in the face, her wrist would break? That seems like an overstatement – some women would break or sprain their wrist, some wouldn’t.


Photos courtesy of Alasdair McLellan/W Magazine.

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  1. Eleonor says:

    The cover gives me some Blade Runner vibe.

  2. Maya says:

    This explains why she hooked up with Sean Penn – both have violent streaks.

    Gorgeous woman but crappy personality just puts me of her completely.

    PS: she looks like Courtney Love her and that is not a compliment..

  3. Dee Kay says:

    MODEL FIGHT!!! (That’s how I’m reading the story about the bar fight in Milan — I’m assuming it was during Fashion Week, and who else but models would be hanging out at bars being mean to each other?)

    I love Charlize Theron as an actress but this cover shoot is a big NO. No, Charlize, no!!!!! At least she’s not still dating douchebag Penn and calling him the “love of her life” (no, Charlize, no!!!!).

  4. Jeesie says:

    Wrist injuries are a common result of punching. Some men can do it without having to be too worried about more than a little discomfort, but if a woman hits a man hard (as in full force, not a glorified slap) in a way that stresses her wrist, a break or fracture is likely. Thus no well trained female fighter would punch in a way that can compromise their wrist.

    • SKF says:

      YEs and i like that they did this. I remember watching Salt and co stand rolling my eyes when Angelina punched big men with her twig arms and brought them down, and when she took big hits from huge men with just a little graze or something when that would break her face or even kill her.

    • Bridget says:

      Women also carry less mass and have to fight in a different way and with different leverage to be effective. Not to mention, efficiency is key. You don’t want to just punch back and forth with someone when an elbow strike will be more likely to do damage quickly (and of course the question is also if the wrists could take as much repeated stress anyhow). It reminds me of the scene in Iron Man 2 when Jon Favreau is boxing back and forth with one henchman while Scarlett Johansson takes out everyone else in the same time.

    • FLORC says:

      Yea it’s common, but not gender specific. Depends on how you executed the hit. Technique is key. Health is key.

    • detritus says:

      I’m pretty sure knees and elbows and shins do more damage than fists with less risk.
      In general, but imagine it’s especially important if you have smaller joints

  5. angie says:

    In the black and white photo I’m getting Deborah Harry more than Kristen Stewart.

  6. What's Inside says:

    Looks like over processed hair that needs a rest.

  7. Shambles says:

    That cover is Nicole Kidman if she had Taylor Swift’s hair and it is HORRIBLE

  8. Carol says:

    Yep, I’m getting the Blondie/Debbie Harry vibe too. Charlize looks great in the layout IMO

  9. SM says:

    I can relate. I do not like cleaning but I can’t help myself. I can’t leave dirty kitchen sink despite running late to work, meeting or day care run. I hate that about myself

  10. greenmonster says:

    I know I’m nitpicking but… “What’s up, girl?” when someone (doesn’t matter of man or woman) is puking? Because girls can’t take much? Is she also calling out co-stars for throwing like girls and punching like girls and crying like little girls? I hate when people do that.
    Make Mark Wahlberg puke all you want, but don’t compare any “weakness” to girls.

  11. QueenB says:

    “Is it true that is a woman tried to punch a guy in the face, her wrist would break? ” Can happen to anyone. Lots of men injure themselves.

    But yeah great for Charlize being like a man and hitting people left and right. Good job, buddy!

  12. Magnoliarose says:

    I like the photos and I like the apocalyptic hair for the spread since she is promoting a film about an ass kicking blonde. I don’t mind bangs sometimes and this is one of those times. If she were too horrible she wouldn’t work as much as she does. It isn’t as if she can guarantee a huge opening weekend on her name alone.
    Women’s wrists can break a lot easier than a man’s. I was into kickboxing and boxing for workouts for a time and my trainer said something similar. You have to put some body weight behind a punch so that the wrist doesn’t absorb all of the impact.

    • Maxine DuCamp says:

      I wonder if someday Kaiser will address what horrible bang trauma she suffered that makes her hate all bangs on all people . She cannot ever NOT mention that she hates bangs. Personally, I love a good bang/fringe a la 1970s Jane Birkin. in this case the bangs are OK–neither great nor horrible. I’m not digging Chalize’s hair because it looks so crispy and over procecessed (but agree that it works with the spread and film she’s promoting).

  13. manta says:

    When I was a kid I used to watch a series called Dempsey and Makepeace. The hair here reminds me of the actress in it Glynis Barber, though their features are nothing alike.

    About The Italian Job, I watched the special features on the DVD and she and Statham seemed to really have the time of their lives when it came to the driving stunts. She was even slightly annoyed that he was “the star pupil” (her words).

  14. Jacinda says:

    The cover made me think about Patricia Arquette and everytime I look at it it seems she’s doing middle finger

  15. CynicalAnn says:

    She’s not liked by any of her co-stars. Same with Teri Hatcher.

  16. Mel says:

    Does she wash by hand? Because shoving clothes into a machine really doesn’t qualify as “cleaning” or much work of any kind.

  17. lucy2 says:

    Very Debbie Harry. Not her best look, but she’s so gorgeous she can make just about anything work. Plus it’s sort of related to her film, which I do want to see.
    The movie fight scene with Teri Hatcher is on youtube.

  18. Slowsnow says:

    I see Daryl Hannah.
    And she really wants to be the cool girl doesn’t she? Bless her heart.
    I loved her in Young Adult though, an underrated genius film imo.

  19. Jaded says:

    Having just cleaned our condo top to bottom (Mr. Jaded did the vacuuming BTW), I can totally relate to the cleaning thing. I get pretty nit-picky about it and love it when the place is all fresh and sparkling.

  20. Green says:

    Don’t think tough-guy Mark W would be happy about her sharing that story of him puking! The idea of trailers is horrible to germaphobes. Obviously they don’t buy a new trailer for every actor on every movie. I know that’s not why she loves to clean but I’d be in there with a huge pile of disinfectant wipes like crazy.

  21. Jeanne says:

    What I get from this interview, is that she thinks a man should be a Man, and she’s proud to be one. oh, and that “girl” is an insult.

    Sending my not-so-inner feminist in a rage.

  22. holly hobby says:

    She reminds me of Taylor Swift right around this time last year. Not a great look.

  23. Beer&Crumpets says:

    I punched a dude in the face and I got a pugilist’s fracture. It sucked.