GLAMOUR 2019 WOMAN OF THE YEAR: CHARLIZE THERON
Other honorees include Ava DuVernay, the women of RAICES, Tory Burch, Yara Shahidi, Margaret Atwood, Megan Rapinoe, and Greta Thunberg
New York, NY––October 22, 2019––“I think I was scared of it,” 2019 Glamour Woman of the Year Charlize Theron admits about her hesitation to produce and star as Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, the movie about the Roger Ailes scandal at Fox News. Despite Theron’s initial reservations, the film is pushing a story about sexual harassment into the mainstream, and her portrayal of the controversial Kelly is garnering early Oscar-buzz. The Academy Award-winning actor, producer and philanthropist speaks with Sophie Elmhirst about managing her 25-year career, launching her foundation, and not being interested in marriage.
“A lot of projects I’ve been involved in are not necessarily projects where everybody has gone, ‘Yeah, this is going to be great, you should do this!’ It tends to be projects where people are like, ‘I don’t know about this Monster movie. Really?’” Theron says. The actor, who has built her career on roles that demand extreme physical transformations with performances in Tully, Mad Max: Fury Road and Monster, has her own definition of success: “Well it definitely doesn’t mean box office. If you’re going to do it, let it be on something that actually means something to you.” Bombshell is the 15th project from Theron’s production company, Denver and Delilah. She tells Glamour she is often met with skepticism as a producer: “I think there’s this conclusion that sometimes gets made, like, ‘It can’t possibly be a fucking actress that put this thing together.” Her production company rescued the film after its financiers backed out two weeks before shooting.
Theron also defies societal expectations in her personal life: “I haven’t been in a relationship for a very long time. I never wanted to get married,” says the mother of two adopted children. “Those are things that are not hard for me, because they’re innately my truth. I find people are somewhat perplexed by that, and also more with women, right?” Her philanthropy, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) was started in 2007 to help combat AIDS in South Africa. She recalls one of her first trips where she cried her eyes out because she realized how limited medical aid was for her afflicted home country. Eight months later, through her personally funded grassroots projects that provided sex education classes and counseling for children, Theron saw lives being transformed. “When you’re actually on the ground and you’re not just looking at stats and numbers, and you’re actually seeing faces in front of you, you know for a fact that their lives would have been different if they didn’t have access to [that outreach].” She finds hope and inspiration from the younger generations. “I love working with young people because when I look at all of the issues we have faced in our history, it’s always young people who have the ‘fuck you’ to not give up. That’s where change comes from––it doesn't come from old politicians. It’s always young people.”
The full feature, with photos by Miguel Reveriego, is here.
The full list of honorees can be found here.
The 2019 Women of the Year issue is on NY/LA newsstands on October 24.
This year’s honorees will be celebrated on Monday, November 11 at the annual Women of the Year awards in New York City. Tickets to the awards are available at glamourwoty.com.
See the Women of the Year feature on environmental activist Greta Thunberg here.
Check back on glamour.com for Ava DuVernay and Megan Rapinoe on Wednesday, October 23, Yara Shahidi and Margaret Atwood on Thursday, October 24, and Tory Burch and the women of RAICES on Friday, October 25.
About Glamour Women of the Year
For more than 25 years, Glamour has honored the world’s most pioneering women and
inspiring leaders at the annual Women of the Year Awards ceremony. Past Women of the Year include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lupita Nyong'o, Chrissy Teigen, Zendaya, Lady Gaga, Misty Copeland, Serena Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Shonda Rhimes, Gloria Steinem, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and all living female winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.