Charlize Theron graces the cover of the June issue of Vogue as promotion of her upcoming film A Million Ways to Die in the West which hits theaters May 30th.
Theron loosens up (somewhat) about her personal life in this new interview. As feisty as ever, Theron talks about the public interest of her current beau, actor/director Sean Penn, her son an her career.
More after the jump.
Check out a brief excerpt below.
Theron, 38, has managed to become a kind of stealth iconoclast, a modern-day Kate Hepburn, by refusing to conform to society’s—or Hollywood’s—expectations of her: She’s the tall, gorgeous blonde who almost never makes movies that trade on those attributes; the exceedingly charming and funny woman who never plays the girlfriend, never makes romantic comedies. She adopted her son, Jackson, in 2012 amid a four-year stretch of being single, and now, of course, is dating Sean Penn—another iconoclast who clearly lives by his own set of rules, hard as they may be to decipher. It makes a certain kind of sense: Both have a tendency toward harrowing, physically transformative film roles; both choose their projects based on directors; and both take their social activism very seriously. Penn may go to extreme lengths, from meeting with the late Hugo Chavez in Venezuela to his tireless relief work in Haiti, but Theron is no slouch, either: She founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project in 2007 and was appointed a Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. And as someone who knows Penn told me, Theron is more than a little reminiscent of Robin Wright—the one lasting relationship of his life. (Also: Madonna, Wright, Theron—all smart, tough blondes. He clearly has a type.)
When I ask about Penn, Theron pushes back. “I don’t know how you have a healthy relationship with the whole world knowing about it.” When I press a little harder, she says, “Look, we’re dating, and I don’t think we were trying to hide anything. We were photographed; the relationship was kind of written about. I recently did a daylong press junket, which I hadn’t done in forever, and it’s a harsh reminder that whatever people try to hide a press junket behind, it’s really a roundabout way of getting at as much private shit as they can. It was all about what I like to eat and avoiding questions about Sean or my son.”
Finally, though, she offers this: “What I will say is, I was single for a really long time. I was enjoying mommyhood. You just naturally become kind of selfish about your time, and all of it is dedicated to this little thing, whether he needs it or not. And then they get into more of a schedule and you start to think, Wow, wait a second. There’s this passionate creature in me. And going about dating in your late 30s is such a different ball game. I know so well what I want to fit in my life. And the simple answer to that is: Unless he can make my life better? My life is really pretty fucking good.”
Vogue notes that one of Theron's last roles seen onscreen was in SWATH.
All of this comes as a refreshing surprise, if not a relief. Theron has not made a movie in a while, and her last three roles—in Young Adult, Prometheus, Snow White and the Huntsman—were rather chilly ladies. When those latter two films came out within a week of each other in 2012, A. O. Scott wrote in The New York Times that Theron “is doing everything she can . . . to make this an icy June at the movies.” Theron seems to relish that fact. When I mention his review she says, “A journalist once said to me—and I thought it was pretty funny—‘You know Picasso’s Blue Period? Well, you’ve really had a good bitch period.’ ”
Read the rest of the article here and photos from the Vogue shoot below.