Charlize Theron on her 30-pound weight gain: ‘Yes, I am very fat right now’


Here are some photos from last night’s 2016 amfAR’s Inspiration Gala in LA. Charlize Theron was being honored for her Africa Outreach Project, which works on HIV/AIDS issues specifically in southern Africa. While Charlize’s foundation is a great thing and props to her humanitarian spirit, let’s be superficial a little bit? Because as it turns out, she’s not just wearing a “fat suit” for her new movie, Tully. We had photos from the Tully shoot last month, and many wondered if Charlize was just wearing really realistic body padding or if she had actually gained a significant amount of weight for the role. She actually gained the weight!

Charlize Theron wasn’t wearing one of her usual body hugging dresses at last night’s amfAR Inspiration Gala in Los Angeles. Instead, the Oscar-winner opted for a loose fitting lacey gown with a black jacket.

“Yes, I am very fat right now,” Theron said after Chelsea Handler cracked a joke about her weight gain. Theron actually packed on about 30 pounds for her role in the upcoming comedy Tully as a mom whose brother hires her a nanny just after she gives birth to her third child.

[From E! News]

By the way, even though Charlize did gain a noticeable amount of weight, she is no way “fat” or “very fat.” Gaining 30 pounds with her tall, lanky frame probably means that she’s still within a normal-size range for her height. I’m also sort of amazed that Charlize barely gained any weight on her face! How does that happen? When I gain or lose weight, you can see it on face immediately, although to be fair, I gain weight all over when I do gain weight. Charlize seems to have localized her weight gain to her abdomen (although I do see a hint at the start of a double-chin with the photo of Charlize’s profile, which I find charming).

I’m also including photos of Chelsea Handler, because why not? They’re friends. Charlize needs to shut that sh-t down.




Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

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  1. mbh12 says:

    Stunning at whatever weight.
    ONE of the most beautiful actresses , imo.

  2. lannisterforever says:

    I think she looks very pretty even when she’s “fat”. To me she has the most beautiful face in Hollywood, second only to Angelina.

    • Size Does Matter says:

      I agree on both counts.

    • V4Real says:

      I think some women who are the normal size that Charlize is right now make take offense at saying that weight is fat.

      I think she is attractive but I definitely don’t see stunning or beautiful when I look at the Ice Queen.

    • Lilly says:

      I find her almost ridiculously beautiful. My top five:

      1) Charlize Theron
      2) Marion Cotillard
      3) Kerry Washington
      4) Angelina Jolie
      5) Rachel Weisz

      • Minxx says:

        We have similar taste, except that I would put Marion on the top and than Rachel. I guess I’m partial to brunettes :) .

      • Sunsetsnow81 says:

        I would add Penelope Cruz and Jennifer Connelly.

      • sage says:

        Nice list.
        In no particular order:
        Monica Bellucci
        Angelina Jolie
        Lupita Nyong’o
        Rachel McAdam
        Jessica Chastain

      • Lilly says:

        I’m definitely partial to dark hair and light eyes myself

        I’d like to add Ruth Negga to my list and drop Angelina or Rachel.

        And Lupita! How did I not remember her? In her black and white ‘rap’ video all I could do was stare at her perfect skin and bone structure. She’s flawless.

  3. Coop says:

    Unpopular opinion: I like Chelsea Handler. Though many of her jokes fall flat with crass and too-harsh sarcasm, she does makes me laugh.

    • Snowflake says:

      Yeah, i like her too

    • Rhiley says:

      She is pretty racist and her jokes are always flat, BUT I don’t think she is a completely terrible person because since Shannon Doherty has become sick, Chelsea Handler reached out to her and makes it a point to go and get her once a week for a “date night.” That is a really kind, loyal thing to do so props to Chelsea for that.

      Regarding Charlize’s weight gain, I think Charlize has a pretty ugly attitude but she is a gorgeous woman, on the outside. I think the added weight looks beautiful. She has such gorgeous posture. But to clarify, I think she is pretty putrid on the inside.

      • greta says:

        You mean the attitude of Charlize is ugly because she calls herself fat? (I mean, if she is fat then the rest of us except Hollywood are …I don’t even know. by the way I think whales and pigs are beautiful creatures!)

      • Rhiley says:

        I mostly referring to Charlize being a widely reported beeotch and not in a good way. She is not a very pleasant person. For me, beauty really is on the inside.

      • Jenny says:

        Rhiley – I’m the same way. I have a really hard time seeing the beauty of Charlize because of the bitchiness she exudes. Same with Julia Roberts for me. Their inner ugliness just seeps through and spoils their outsides for me.

    • Jessica says:

      There are a lot of negatives about Handler, but I still like her. She puts up a tough front, but it seems like she is quietly very good to her employees and a loyal friend.

      • wolfpup says:

        Chelsea Handler is unabashedly herself, which I love, and in that way, she is a great role model for my daughters.

        She makes jokes about race – but I believe she is joking about stereotypes, and seems to respect us in our silliness about it .

    • MC2 says:

      You’d hate her if you were me:

      I liked her show & got a very rare date night with the hubby. Babysitter over night, dinner, hotel room & her stand up. It was a big endeavor in my life. It was her second show of the night and the entire crowd stood outside for over an hour while we could see the other comedians inside chatting with the first set crowd. They started over an hour late for the 1st so we would be waiting……

      Our show started even later then an hour. Her first comedian KILLED IT. It was awesome & maybe worth it……nope. She came on stage & just started in on racist jokes. She told one or two jokes about black people (98% white audience for f-s sake too) but the worst were the Russian jokes. What the hell. They weren’t even jokes! Just- I hate Russians- don’t you?! I’m convinced she was drunk and she sucked so bad. She also told a joke about wanting to be molested? The audience booed & reacted & she just told us to shut the hell up & ended early. Who cared that we spent how much money trying to see this miserable pos? I have never seen something like that & she really didn’t give a sh7t about the crowd or doing her job well- just how much she hates Russians.

      So I hate her for being a racist pos & ruining my one date night that year with my husband. I still want my money back.

      • AnotherDirtyMartini says:

        @MC2 your experience sounds exactly like my friend’s. She & her husband went, Chelsea was very late, came our drunk & drinking on stage, wasn’t the least bit funny..,yelled at audience when she got some negative feedback & then she walked off early. I think Chelsea sucks. She reminds me of a mean girl.

  4. Trollontheloose says:

    She looks great and radiant. These pounds suit her. I need to gain at least 15. All these runs and yoga/Pilates work way too well.

  5. minx says:

    Charlize isn’t fat.

    • TQB says:

      Perfect statement.

    • susanne says:

      She has added a few pounds, and I love the effect on her face. My face is slender with major cheekbones, and I fear that it all may age me in time. And I’m not a super slender woman.
      I think she looks great.

    • ol cranky says:

      I can’t even begin to describe the damage to self esteem comments like Theron’s have on other women. When she describes herself as fat or very fat, how the hell are women who aren’t model thin supposed to feel about themselves? It’s bad enough if others call her out on weight gain but when she responds this way she’s just making it worse

      • wolfpup says:

        Why would anyone compare themselves to Charlize Theron? In all of the human attributes that exist, I’m sure that there is a reason for me to appreciate you completely.

      • Jag says:

        How about “other women” care about themselves and not care about what another woman calls herself? How they’re supposed to feel about themselves is that they are amazing women, no matter their size.

        I’m going to be the only person who says it, but yes, Charlize is fat right now. She’s not huge or obese, but she is fat. (I am a morbidly obese woman, in case you’re wondering.)

  6. Adele Dazeem says:

    It’s interesting to see what sub human goddesses (aka Charlize) look like with a little middle aged girth like the average person. She’s still gorgeous clearly, and for what it is worth, i do see the weight in her face and I think it looks good. She’s rapidly approaching that age where what is it Courtney Cox said-choose your butt or your face?

    • Imqrious2 says:

      Actually, it was ZaZa Gabor who said it first. Honestly, middle age “spread” is the *worst! I weigh 30lbs less now than I did 3 yrs ago (before menopause started), and my waist is 3″ bigger!! I remember when “new math” took hold (sigh, yes, I am OLD! Lol), but that just does NOT add up! 😩😉😂

      • Minxx says:

        The fat just wants to go up there now and it’s lighter than muscle. I’m in the same position, 4 years into it – 20 lbs less but mostly losing weight around my hips, not so much around the waist.

    • wolfpup says:

      When you get old, and barely move, you can barely eat – one must also exercise to be vibrant. Aches and pains are a bitch! I have controlled my weight during my life, with four births. It’s not about the looks (although significant), but about feeling good. I really do look 40ish, although 61. One has to care about this, and it’s not surgery, but good health. However, it is not a pleasant ending, this death, that is my next minority….

      • wolfpup says:

        Forgive me for saying, but I shall wrap the blanket of the earth about me, and consider Her, my beloved sepulchre in the Milky Way, our starry night; lying down with the dreams, of all the ancestors, and those becoming.

  7. detritus says:

    Chelsea is the friend who ‘kindly’ points out youve gained enough weight to be heavier than them. Because they are ‘concerneed’ or think its funny.

    I like Charlize less every time she speaks. Girl you are not even close to fat.

  8. HappyMom says:

    I’m happy to see that Chelsea Handler’s outside matches her inside in this picture.

  9. kimbers says:

    Sugar and over doing breads go to the belly…it would be a fun way to gain weight

    • susanne says:

      I’ve been given the mixed blessing of divorcing, going poor, and doing active outdoor work. I get to go home and eat bread and cheese and my weight probably stays steady. more muscle, prehaps! Working for me so far!!!

      • wolfpup says:

        Strengthen the body, strengthen the soul; by the discipline of loving one’s companion…loving that which takes you from here to there – loving Alive!

    • Hellion says:

      Eh, not always. I’m a carb fiend, and I gain in my hips and thighs first. Always have. Almost nothing goes to my belly (so I remain an hourglass even if I gain), instead it hits weird places like my back or occasionally my boobs.

  10. Jess says:

    I think she looks wonderful at this weight! She’s just really beautiful no matter what size, but her skin is gorgeous in those photos.

  11. Sayrah says:

    Yep, what a fatty…. gmafb

  12. Ana says:

    Who is Chelsea Handler?

  13. Maya says:

    You are the company you keep – the fact that Charlize is friends with a known racist tells me all I need to know about her.

    The pathetic thing is that Charlize has adopted two black children. Poor children.

    Don’t care what people say but Chelsea is a vile disgusting human being and anyone who is friends with her are automatically supporting her attacks and racism.

    • Kyrgios says:

      It’s a good thing you don’t have any influence then otherwise we’d be entering a new phase of McCarthyism. Even Obama has said his grandparents used to say things that made him cringe but he didn’t write them off.

  14. Bridget says:

    Dang. Handler looks terrible.

  15. Lucretia says:

    WHEN, my sisters, does the “fat shaming” end?
    A Hollywood actor gained 30 pounds to play a role. We’re told it’s to play “a mom,” and we need to discuss how it looks, whether it’s actually “fat” or not? How could she have responded differently? (“I needed a different shape to play this role.”) How might a male actor have been asked the question — or responded? Our national obsession with women’s bodies is driven by misogyny, not a concern for health. It’s our work as women to end these conversations.

    • laur says:

      I’m assuming the weight gain is because she’s playing someone who’s supposed to have just given birth? Not because mums have to be fat, but based on what’s said in the story, if she’s just given birth it would be perfectly natural for her to be carrying a little extra. Wouldn’t it be worse if ‘normal’ Charlize was on your screen pretending to have just given birth? Of course I don’t think she’s fat by any stretch of the imagination but this is Hollywood after all..m

    • Dolkite says:

      Doesn’t it make you feel great when an actor or actress has to gain 30 or 40 lbs to play a “normal person” ?

      • kibbles says:

        The same thing happened with Renee Zellweger. She was never fat when she gained weight for Bridget Jones. In fact, she looked a lot better back then than she does now. I’d much rather be a “fat” Charlize Theron than a skinny Courtney Cox or Chelsea Handler. Some of these celebrities would look a lot better with an extra 20 pounds.

    • wolfpup says:

      Why complain about being fat, when you can eat cookies?

  16. TotallyOld says:

    Can’t stand Chelsea, can’t stand Charlize. And Charlize looks terrible in my eyes.

  17. Guesto says:

    *Sigh*. it was just a throwaway line in response to Handler’s comment. You know, a joke?!

    The way the tiniest little things get blown into huge contentious issues is just exhausting.

  18. KBeth says:

    “Very fat”

  19. Anon says:

    A charming double chin? That’s a weird thing to say. She still looks pretty, but she’s definitely more beautiful when she’s thin.

    • greta says:

      Are you male? Perhaps you think Charlize, like all women, looked better younger too

      • A. Key says:

        I’m a woman and I think Charlize looks better without the extra 30 pounds. Anyone carrying extra fat around their girth would look better without it. Nothing wrong with carrying extra weight tho, we’re all free to look however we want to.

    • Slushee says:

      I’m slim. Gangly even. Narrow and long. Most days, I get comments about my size, weight, frame. That’s most days. Somehow you’re fair game if you’re slimmer than the average. I shrug, or say things like “that’s just my build” or something to ‘excuse’ my shape. For all the people saying heavier is good, better, they certainly are obsessed with slimness.

  20. molly says:

    If thats fat? then i’m morbidly obese.Lol think charlize looks great.

    • QQ says:

      SAME! I’m like .. Uh ..OK if this is fat I should be terrorizing NY in the Role of a Lifetime for my fat self, as the Stay Puft Woman

  21. Lalu says:

    I don’t doubt that after gaining 30 lbs she did feel fat. That’s a lot of weight for someone that takes really good care of their body to gain.
    I don’t think she meant anything mean by it. We all hold ourselves to different standards.
    The fat shaming comments are really puzzling to me. No one can shame you if you don’t let them. If you are okay with your body don’t listen to what others say.

  22. perplexed says:

    I know she was kidding around, but I think it might have made more sense to say she got a little chubby?

    I guess I was picturing “very fat” as something else.

    If someone had told me she had gained weight, I’m not sure I would be able to tell at first glance.

  23. Sumodo1 says:

    I watch Chelsea Handler on Netflix and that is how she looks. The top of the dress isn’t flattering. I’m 60 and chubby now, gawd bless women however they choose to look, and that includes Chloe Lattanzi.

  24. Joannie says:

    I think she’s the most beautiful woman in HW 30 pounds heavier or not. A very confident woman!

    • Lauren II says:

      I don’t care what weight Charlize is. She is a great actress. Earned my respect for her role in ” North Country”.

  25. Marianne says:

    I wish I could be as “fat” as Charlize.

  26. ashley says:

    Is it just me or does Charlize look … happier than usual? Hmmm

    • isabelle says:

      Think she looks a lot younger with the weight gain in her face, it shows off her pretty face. Ten years younger.

  27. LAK says:

    She’s big boned aka has a big skeletal frame. That’s why she doesn’t look visibly fat despite the 30lb weight gain. That’s what happens with big boned people.

    Secondly, she’s an inverted triangle which means she will always have skinny limbs and weight gain is localised to upper torso.

    All of that said, you can see she’s gained weight because her face is soft and doughy instead of being sculpted at her usual maintained weight.

    • Guesto says:

      She’s not big boned, she’s tall, athletic and lean and the reason her additional 30lbs sits well on her frame is because of her height and good posture. And, as someone equally tall (taller actually) and lean, 30lbs would very solidly make me feel ‘fat’.

      Lord, she’s said and done nothing wrong here and those of you who are taking a totally random off-the-cuff comment personally and to heart need to take a serious step back.

    • Joannie says:

      Nice shade there!

    • LAK says:

      Clearly you two were not paying attention in biology class in high school if you think i’m insulting her.

      Big bones is layman’s term for big frame. It was the term used before knowledge of how the skeletor frame affects weight distribution had been identified . Having a big frame doesn’t automatically mean a large physical skeleton. It just means that your weight has a larger surface to cover.

      One of the markers of big bones is that the body can take a huge weight fain without visibly showing it.

      It takes a really large weight gain over the ideal body weight before it shows.

      The other marker is that big boned people tend to look good with weight gain.

      Conversely, should they lose a tiny amount from their ideal body weight, they look terrible. Emaciated. Anorexic.

      Posture, height have nothing to do with her weight distribution.

      And the final proof is her wrists.

      Where her body type is concerned, her shoulders are wider than her hips. Classic inverted triangle.

      That body type gains weight in the upper body, tend to thin limbs.

      Boobs, height, bottoms are irrelevant to these things.

      Body type +body frame = some of the factors that determine your body shape and how it relates to weight/weight changes.

      • LAK says:

        Also wanted to add, if she was small boned, 30lb weight gain would have made her look obese immediately because small boned people can’t carry weight.

        It takes as little as 1lb over their ideal weight for them to look fat or obese. They can not hide 1lb extra, nevermind 30lbs.

        On a different note, how you or she feels about the extra weight is a personal matter, but how it looks is determined entirely by your frame + body type.

      • susanne says:

        I am an average height woman, but have a muscular build, and weigh much more than one might expect. I don’t know about the bigness of my bones, but the size of my hands and feet belong to a six foot tall woman.
        It all works out okay, maybe I’m just in my forties and fit-ish and confident enough in my appearance, or simply don’t care enough.
        If I could give all women a gift, it would be of self acceptance. We are worthy human beings, no matter what our bodies look like.
        Character and how we treat others counts for a heck of a lot more.

      • Joannie says:

        Except you’re wrong Lak. Ever seen her in a bikini? Have you seen her gut hanging out since she gained the weight? She’s heavy for her frame.

      • wolfpup says:

        I love women – all of Us! Some of us eat too much, and the other, drinks too much, or is too angry – whatever! I like strong women, and big bones!

      • LAK says:

        Joannie: she gained 30lbs!!!

        I am not saying she wasn’t showing, only that it took alot for it to show and even then, doesn’t look obese and that has nothing to do with posture as above poster tjinks.

        Suzanne: the fact that you weigh more than people assume you should based on visuals is my exact point about big boned people.

        Btw, there is no such thing as measurement of bones. Big/small bones is a old fashioned slang for a scientific definition of size of a person’s skeletor frame measured against the population average.

        It doesn’t mean someone in visibly big/small skeleton frame. Height doesn’t matter because small framed people can be tall and big framed people can be short.

        The only way to determine which you are is via a measurement of the wrists.

        The size of your frame determines weight distribution and how much weight you can carry as well as how you react to weight changes.

        With regards self acceptance, people should pay more attention to biology classes in school especially the classes that deal with human physiology, body frame, body types and stop fighting their own biology instead of allowing snake oil marketing campaigns to tell them that their natural bodies aren’t ideal.

    • Rose of Sharon says:

      Yes, Lak: You are right.

  28. Sage says:

    Charlize has messed with her nose one too many times or it’s collapsing from….

    Chelsea is not a 41 year old woman! I don’t believe her age.

  29. MellyMel says:

    She looks really good even with the extra 30lbs. The power of being tall! I’m short so if I gained that much it would not be cute.

  30. Nibbi says:

    i think she still looks fine, but i am intrigued at how a little added weight can sort of age people. to me she suddenly looks older, even in her beautiful face.

  31. Pocketfluff says:

    If she’s ‘fat’ I must be a whale in comparison!! No doubt she’ll lose it quickly but not sure it’s healthy to gain & lose like that!

  32. Neens says:

    The extra weight really ages her.

  33. Guesting says:

    I have 5 month old. Weight has been gained and fat has shifted into weird areas. I’m used to a smaller leaner body. At 28 I topped around 112. My ankles, wrists, fingers and feet run to the smaller size (so I’m assuming that means I have a small frame).
    That being said, about 30 lbs over that now and it is most definitely fat, not muscle. To the average eye while I’m clothed, i look like a normal weight but I feel, see and my energy is effected by the fat. I don’t go around saying I’m fat to strangers, especially people that weigh more than me; but I acknowledge to myself and update my husband to the fact that I’ve gotten fatter.
    I’m not shaming myself nor am I shaming other people but I’m not going to pretend my weight is right for myself so that other people won’t feel fat shamed. If I was muscular and toned at this weight, then YAY, but I’m not and I won’t pretend that I’m not fat. My gut spreads out, my thighs chafe hard in a dress, my boobs are too outrageous for my build (seriously), back fat oozes in weird shapes.

    Charlize is used to a leaner frame, the weight she’s gained isn’t muscle so she is indeed fatter. She’s comparing herself to her previous self. Almost everyone here is assuming that she’s comparing herself to other people and are offended. Unless she shows sign of body dysmorphia (where she would think herself fat and try to lose weight to be dangerously skinny,) then it’s up to her to decide what is fat for her.

    Granted, saying it publicly will get public scrutiny; but in that same token, people that are so interested in other people’s opinions need to consider the context and meaning.

    • wolfpup says:

      Dear One, you have so many good times ahead! It’s hard when having babies…concentrate only on feeling your own joy in our woman’s body – because your body is also mine, and there is life to be savored, even when merely existing (and cuddling your newborn is holy existence, even when you feel like crying…).

  34. Juniper says:

    Damn-she’s stupid stupid stupid to do this at her age.

    • Nemera77 says:

      She wants another Oscar.. it worked the first time.

      Oh I know she was great in Monster.. but she still wants another Oscar

    • sage says:

      But, it’s for her art!
      I think it’s crazy the way actors starve themselves for a role.

  35. Veronica says:

    She has high cheekbones and a structured face, which is probably why she doesn’t gain in the face immediately. My mother has similar features, while my rounder, heart-shaped face is all, “Bring on the chub!”

    • wolfpup says:

      Who cares what you look like? Who? We only want you to love Us – bottom line, and that is something that only you can do – your looks do not matter, not a millisecond. You are a woman, and we want love, simply.

  36. La Blah says:

    It’s all relative. I am super careful about mentioning normal middle age weight gain and the fact that after 4 decades of eating whatever the hell I wanted and doing no exercise and still being skinny I now have to be careful and occasionally run to stay within a healthy weight range. For *me* having my tummy jiggle when I run is new and not particularly comfortable but I can’t say a thing about my body around many friends who are, by any reckoning, unhealthily large. If I say no to dessert after an already 3 course meal I’m “fat shaming” them. Nope! I care what MY body looks and feels like, I don’t care about theirs. Somehow though they always make it about themselves. If you’re unhappy with the way you look do something about it. Either get some perspective and accept that while not skinny you’re healthy and live in comparative luxury to the majority of the world or get active and put down the cakes. Stop policing other people’s views and comments about their own bodies.

  37. Reece says:

    I’m gonna go with she was being sarcastic.
    Also she looks like Busy Philips with a little extra weight.

  38. Mew says:

    My first thought was that it’s a joke that doesn’t work well in text. Ppl take it literally. I think it’s sarcastic “I’m very fat” since I’m sure that’s what she expects to hear in Hollywoodland and tabloids. There are countless pictures of celebs saying they’re fat if there’s as much as a tiny amount of cellulite. Models, stars and beauty pageant competitors are constantly told to lose weight despite then already being thin. So don’t take it that literally. And take responsibility of your own weight if you feel discomfort – change or own it but don’t put blame on anyone else.

  39. Denise says:

    Her face has always been full, as in youthful, so it hasn’t changed how it looks.

  40. Debutante says:

    Don’t hate me but…. I think she looks matronly with the weight gain. Maybe it’s the mom dress or the hair, but I don’t think so. And her face from the side profile….not only does she have the beginning of a double chin as Celebitchy said, but she looks Jowly.

  41. Ramona Q. says:

    Not a surprise, she looks 5-7 yrs younger with a slightly fuller face.

  42. wolfpup says:

    I am Old (the dying processes are begun) and Bold. May I share what I know?
    Follow the evidence, wherever it leads-
    and question EveryThing- you will find that the Cosmos is Yours.

    I learned to roam, outside the abodes of humans.
    I learned to run, with the wolves.

    There is a tribe, scattered far and wide in human history itself-
    yet our ideas, and pure unfettered freedom
    inspire and strengthen, the One Soul, that belongs to Us all – that is, all creatures.

    Bruno read Lucretius, and understood, imagination is boundless.

    I don’t try to change myself, anymore, to human demand -
    My DNA and soul seek life; flourishing for All (as that is the most fun to be part of).

    I know my tribe – my belonging on the planet.
    We are human, and desperately need each other,
    to become whole, and beautiful.

    It is a serious business – survival. Love, is the truth of survival; find ways to love yourself, and you are powerful to love others.

  43. DesertReal says:

    I kinda think she was just being sarcastic?

  44. Kate says:

    Shes hardly “very fat”. She is beautiful

  45. KelT says:

    It’s unfortunate that she considers herself fat. She looks normal. But it is refreshing that she’s not in hiding until she loses the weight.