Charlize Theron at the Snow White and the Huntsman photocall in Berlin
Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman
Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture at the Golden Globes 2012
Charlize Theron in Christian Dior Couture at the Snow White and the Huntsman premiere, London
Tell us about your role in Snow White and the Huntsman.
I play Queen Ravenna, who’s iconically known as the evil queen. For me to play her I had to understand why she acts evil and what could have made her that way. So I worked with the writers to come up with a back-story for her.
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What did you imagine her back-story to be?
I imagined that as a beautiful child she’d been given to a king to replace an older queen, but then aged just fifteen was herself replaced by someone younger. These circumstances had made her sad, bitter and desperate- hence why she acts the way she does.
How did the costumes help you get in to character?
They were SO painful to wear. By the end of filming I had metal cutting in to my flesh and was bruised all over. That kind of pain helps you get in to the role of someone who is feeling tortured. Colleen Atwood, who designed the costumes, is amazing. She put in so much detail- lots of skulls and death images that are so intricate you probably wouldn’t notice them- and it’s those things that help you immerse in to her character. I wouldn’t know how to get in to a role without costume.
CHARLIZE TALKS PLAYING THE EVIL QUEEN
You have another film out this summer- Prometheus- was it difficult to switch between characters?
No, as I filmed them at different times. We filmed Prometheus first, then- as both were filmed at Pinewood studios- they took down the set and re-built it for Snow White. That took a couple of months so I had a break in between filming the two.
Who is your favorite actress at the moment?
I’m a huge fan of Tilda Swinton. She really sets the bar. Every time I watch her in a film I wake up the next morning, go to work and feel inspired to push the envelope even further!
What would be your dream role?
I don’t have one. I go on the gut feeling I get when I first read a script. I could never have imagined playing some of the roles I’ve played,
What have been your favourite films recently?
I love foreign films, so would have to say a Belgian film called Bullhead. I also thought The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was amazing.
You wear a lot of Dior on the red carpet- what do you love so much about Dior dresses?
Working with the house of Dior is like working with family: they know me and my body so well. I met with Raf Simon in Paris recently and I’m really looking forward to working with him. I’m particularly excited to see his first couture collection in July.
Which other designers do you love to wear?
I love what Nicholas Ghesquiere is doing at Balenciaga, I like YSL and I wear a lot of Stella McCartney.
Which are your most memorable red carpet dresses so far?
The couture ones Dior made for me, which I wore to the Oscars and Golden Globes. When a dress gets a first class plane seat from Paris to LA it’s a very special dress!
What do you do with those incredible dresses once you’ve worn them?
I have my own archive for them- they’re in a temperature controlled room, packaged up properly. I’m not usually sentimental about material things but I do like going in to that room and looking at those dresses and thinking ‘wow-I’m a lucky bitch!’ I never got to go to my prom- so maybe that’s why I love wearing those special dresses so much now!
By Sarah Statman