Hello Charlize – first things first: how much of a hoot was it kicking ass as Aeon?
The physical aspect was great. I loved how ferocious Aeon was – she’s like an animal, functioning on instinct. The same way a lioness could kill her own cubs, there’s this natural force in her that I was very attracted to. Sometimes you can’t justify her violence, but I liked her. She was ballsy.
Is it true you did your own stunts?
Well, yeah. It was the physical challenge that appealed to me as much as the emotional side of this character. It’s really important to me to feel that I am this person, and throw my body completely into it. So I need to be able to do what they do. If you want to call it method acting, or just plain crazy, fine!
If you had just one superhero power, what would it be?
Hmm. For a day, it would be fun to have X-ray vision where you can see people on the street naked.
Oh dear Lord, yes. So who would you want to see naked?
Ha ha! Just people on the street, I guess – and only for, like, an hour.
Pah! Moving on – why is it that even action girls like you go all girly over animals?
I’ve always had a soft spot for animals. Animals and children are part of our responsibility as human beings because they can’t fend for themselves.
Hang on – sounds like you’re considering adopting a sprog, like Angelina…
Yeah, sure. I never have been the kind of girl who knows what’s going to happen from one minute to the next. So I’m always open to anything.
How is it being one of the world’s sexiest women when you have to go about normal, everyday stuff… and encounter “the fans”?
Sometimes it’s nice. I make movies so that people will see them, so it’s cool if people come up and say good things about it. Of course, on some days I’ve got some weird rash on my face and I just want to nip out to buy some toothpaste and get home, but it doesn’t happen like that. On those days, you just have to deal with it.
Have any other A-list beauties given you tips on how to deal with mentalist fans?
No, but back when I was in France promoting The Devil’s Advocate, the paparazzi were unbelievable. It was mainly because of Al [Pacino] and Keanu [Reeves] and I’d never seen anything like it before. There were cars figuring out how to block us off, so it was really calculated and I found that so strange. One night was particularly bad. We were trying to go out to dinner, and Al’s car got lost because they were trying to lose the paparazzi. When he eventually got to the dinner table he told me, “If I knew back when I was starting out in this business what my life would be like today, as far as notoriety is concerned, I probably would not have been an actor.” That scared me a little.
Do you think the tabloids are fair to you? Ever feel like chucking it all in?
I don’t have anything to complain about. My life is great, you know, and God, it could have been completely different. I could have been packing your groceries! There’s so much to be grateful for. Everything else, you just deal with it when it happens to you.
Fair enough. How big was the party back in South Africa after you won the Oscar for Monster?
It was incredible! I really wanted to go back and celebrate with them because I knew it was a huge thing for our country. I was on the front page of every newspaper. “Our Farm Girl Did Good!” I could never have enjoyed the whole experience as much if I wasn’t at home, sharing it with my people.
Did they name a street after you?
No, that’s not the African way. We do good food, good wine and a slap on the back and that’s about it!
Original interview by Robin Lynch in the July 2006 issue of FHM UK magazine