Sunday, July 16, 2017

Charlize Theron says she ‘Just Loved’ Playing Bisexual On The Big Screen

Charlize Theron says she ‘Just Loved’ Playing Bisexual On The Big Screen



It’s turning out to be a boffo summer for powerful women on the big screen, with “Wonder Woman” smashing box-office records worldwide. Early buzz around “Atomic Blonde,” starring Charlize Theron, suggests the spy thriller is poised for similar success.

The movie, which comes out in a few weeks, sees Theron kick ass while playing agent Lorraine Broughton, further shattering stereotypes which were already reeling from the awe-inspiring Wonder Woman.

Plus, instead of hooking up with male co-star James McAvoy, as dictated by heteronormative movie tradition, she has sex with another female spy, played by Sofia Boutella.

But the female empowerment motif is just one aspect of the film that excites Theron. In a new interview with Variety, the 41-year-old Oscar winner said she was thrilled to step into the role of top-level MI6 spy Lorraine Broughton, in part because the character is bisexual ― and unapologetically so.

“I just loved it,” Theron said of shooting a steamy love scene with co-star Sofia Boutella, who plays Delphine, another female spy. “For so many reasons: My frustration of how that community is represented in cinema, or lack thereof. And also, it made perfect sense. It just suited her.”


Lorraine’s sexuality, Theron added, allowed the character to break the mold in terms of female representation in film as a whole.The first reason, she said, was her “frustration of how that community is represented in cinema, or lack thereof. “And also, it made perfect sense. It just suited her,” Theron continued. “It just felt there was a way through that relationship and the fact that it was a same-sex relationship to show a woman not having to fall in love, which is one of those female tropes.

She continued,The actor and producer also promised that the film would not shy away from displaying the lesbian love scene properly, saying: “James Bond doesn’t have such hot you-know-what. “I loved that we didn’t hide under the sheets.”

Theron, who is an outspoken LGBTQ rights advocate, has previously explored same-sex relationships on screen. The star picked up an Academy Award for her portrayal of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was by varying accounts a lesbian or bisexual women, in 2003′s “Monster.”

“Atomic Blonde,” which also stars James McAvoy and John Goodman, hits theaters July 28.