Charlize Theron in Vogue: gay rumors, Stuart Townsend & kids


Charlize Theron is more interesting than people give her credit for. I’ve even fallen into that trap of thinking she was pretty boring and bland, but when she sits down for an in-depth interview, she’s actually quite witty and funny. Such is the case for the cover interview for September’s Vogue Magazine. First, the cover shot – I like it. It’s not overdone, it’s not over-styled. Just a beautiful woman in what looks like an interesting, pretty dress that compliments her. Maybe it’s not high fashion, but it looks good. Inside, the photo spread is set at Georgia O’Keefe’s desert Ghost Ranch, and several of the photos contain familiar homages to O’Keefe, like cow skulls and desert flowers. Charlize looks regal and lovely.

As for the interview, most of it is about Charlize’s work, both past and present. Unfortunately, she doesn’t talk that much about Stuart Townsend, her lover of nine years. The whole piece is worth a read, but here are some of the best parts:

On “mystery”: “I feel like I always reveal too much…There’s something sexy about the mystery. I don’t know how to play that card, though.”

On nude scenes: “That isn’t about me. I don’t look at the movie and go, ‘Jesus, my ass is really saggy’.”

On children: “I just know I’m going to have five boys.”

On the old gay rumors: “I cut my hair really short in my 20s, and people were like, ‘Hmm, wait a second. Is she gay?’”

On long-time love Suart Townsend: When she gets a call from Stuart Townsend, the Irish actor to whom she is famously not married (“We’ve been together for almost nine years, so by now we’ve kind of realized that we’re going to take this journey together”), she teases him about never drinking at lunch. She listens, laughs, and interrupts their conversation. “He’s like, ‘I don’t drink much, but when I drink, I drink a lot.'” She returns to him and says, “Keep that Irish thing going.”

Charlize’s Africa Outreach project: The project focuses on equipping trailers with computers and mobile health clinics, which then travel continuously through remote parts of South Africa, where teenagers have a nearly 50 percent chance of contracting HIV during their lifetime.

Fall films: In October, Theron plays “Wife” in the long-awaited film version of The Road, based on Cormac McCarthy’s best seller about a father and son struggling to survive after an unexplained apocalypse. Her role took three days to shoot, she says, and the character dies soon after the off-screen Armageddon, but she appears throughout the film, in flashbacks, an involuntary vision of beauty and the impossibility of hope. And this month she stars in The Burning Plain as Sylvia, a sexual compulsive whose secrets lie at the heart of a multigenerational love story. The story takes place on both sides of the Mexican-U.S. border, and the production reflected that: The Mexican director, Guillermo Arriaga, who also wrote Babel, conceived of the movie with Theron in mind; she helped produce it.

On her mother killing Charlize’s abusive, alcoholic father: “My trauma… That became like my f-cking tattoo.”

Charlize’s fears: She’s afraid of flying… She’s afraid of growing old and being alone. She’s afraid of insulting people. She feels like she’s shadowed constantly by a sense of remorse for some inappropriate thing she’s just said. (“People tell me that cocaine makes you feel superhuman and you’ll say anything. Then when you come down like all of a sudden you have guilt,” she says. “But I have that feeling innately, even without the cocaine.”)

[From Vogue]

Last month, there were several reports that had Charlize being hospitalized for something severe. Many claimed she was suffering “severe abdominal pains” and had caught some sort of intense virus. Others claimed she had a case of food poisoning. The incident goes unmentioned in the Vogue interview, either because it never happened, or it did happen, but just after the interview took place. In any case, it seems like whatever she was going through is over and she’s fine. As far as her upcoming films go – well, I don’t really want to see either of them. They sound totally depressing. Would it kill her to do a rom-com?

Pictures thanks to ONTD.

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23 Responses to “Charlize Theron in Vogue: gay rumors, Stuart Townsend & kids”

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  1. MizzExpert says:

    The cover is very Kim Novak-retro! Beautiful.

  2. chakliuk says:

    I say good for her for making interesting movies instead of churning out another predictable rom-com (how i hate that phrase)about weddings/landing a man.

  3. moo says:

    I love Charlize!!!

  4. SolitaryAngel says:

    Me too–I love that she doesn’t do silly rom-coms (gag); when she does a movie, it means something. That’s part of what I love about her.

  5. Bros says:

    how could anyone think a woman with an apple bong could be boring!?! theron is my favorite style icon and she has a pretty wide range. I think she’s pretty classy and down to earth.

  6. Celebitchy says:

    I’ve seen her in interviews and she does seem boring, so I definitely get that impression of her. She’s smart though, as Kaiser mentioned. I’m still not that into her. She seems too full of herself to me. Oh – I tried to read that apocalypse book she’s starring in The Road or whatever and had to skip to the end- it was one of the bleakest books I’ve ever read. Why Oprah picked it for her book club I have no idea.

  7. Annie says:

    Lol Apple Bong?

    Adore Charlize. I think she’s classy, well-spoken and genuine.

  8. yosafbridge says:

    I like that she’s “boring”! She works hard, is good at what she does and doesn’t seem to want to partake in the Hollywood drama. It’s a good thing.

  9. Firestarter says:

    Celebitchy- I loved the book , but I guess to each his /her own.

  10. Laura says:

    I love her and her partner and their relationship, i want to be her.

    Kim Novak you are right!

  11. lway says:

    She is amazing. I can proudly say that she was home grown here in SA and lived in the same suburb as i grew up in!!

  12. javelin says:

    food poisoning? that rings a blind-items bell about heroin withdrawal.

    in any event, Charlize is a real yet evolved woman.

  13. Gloaming says:

    The book was amazing but really grueling.
    I can’t wait for this movie.
    When i heard Viggo Mortensen was playing ‘the man’ i was relieved that they were casting it so well and I’m a big fan of the director too plus Nick Cave’s written the score.

    I really like her and think she’s a great actress, given the right role.
    Thought I’d post a link for the trailer for anyone who’s interested.

  14. tuatara says:

    I never really liked her, though I couldn’t say why. However, I love the concept of her Africa Outreach project. What a fantastic idea. Good on her.

    I may just be warming to her a little.

  15. Green Is Good says:

    I like Charlize for the same reasons I like Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Tilda Swinton: they’re talented, they pick interesting material, and don’t give a crap about Hollywood, fame and all the BS.

    These actresses ennoble the acting profession.

  16. The Old KC says:

    Charlize is delightful. Somehow she has navigated the Hollywood waters and still managed to stay true to herself – she’s amazing. Love.

  17. jsan says:

    I cannot stand her movies. She is either a martyr or is always panting and sobbing.

  18. Lilly says:

    Charlize is so lovely and so charming…she has class and integrity.

    She is everything the classless, talentless katherine heigel is not.

  19. abitbrit says:

    Love Charlize

  20. the original kate says:

    i think we are so used to pantyless photos, sex tapes, DUIs, rehab, cheating, etc. that whenever someone doesn’t do those things they are labeled “boring.” she is beautiful and seems happy.

  21. j. ferber says:

    I agree with Green is Good. I love those other actresses, too. I, too, thought she was just another pretty, 6 foot tall, blond actress, but then I saw her in Monster. She just blew me away. I’d hate for her to make just another dumb, insipid, vacuous rom-com. Why waste her time or talent? Leave those to Kate Hudson and Jennifer Aniston. I never go to see those films, anyway. If I have to watch pablum, I’d rather watch the Mickey Mouse Club or Dora with my 4 year old. Those shows tax my mind/heart as much as the rom/coms, and at least they’re age-appropriate for my child and she enjoys them.

  22. Magsy says:

    She’s one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women.

  23. Petra says:

    Reading this article today (1/20/2012), I just realize that all her fears have materialized, i.e Her fears of growing old and being alone. Hope being older now allows her to deal with her fears wisely.