It’s Charlize Theron’s birthday today and, ageless though this earthbound goddess remains, I’m going to celebrate the more commonly accepted fact that she’s turning 46 by running through some of the things we here at Geek Guy Buys love about her.
I like to imagine that I’m not the only person who came to Charlize Theron fandom late in the game, but I probably am. Although I had little to no experience with her prior to her career-defining turn as Furiosa in 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Theron had already been making her mark on the film industry for two decades prior. In her (now) 25-year career Theron has starred in dramas, comedies, and made a name for herself as one of the film industry’s preeminent action stars.
Theron has been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress three times, winning in 2004 for her performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003). She’s made appearances in the Mad Max franchise, as a cyberterrorist in the Fast & Furious films, and in the Alien prequel, Prometheus (2012). In recent years she’s kept herself nimble, refusing to be pigeonholed as an action star and playing a beleaguered mother in Tully (2018), taking a stab at reviving the romantic comedy with Seth Rogen in Long Shot (2019), and starring as Megyn Kelly in the Fox News drama Bombshell (2019).
Whatever role she takes, whatever genre she decides to play in, Theron is never less than captivating when she’s onscreen. Her intelligence and charisma shine through in all of her work, and she’s utterly compelling even when she’s keeping the audience at a distance à la Atomic Blonde (2018)—which, with a sequel in development, is poised to become her first original action franchise, with The Old Guard (2020) following close behind if (when) its sequel is greenlit.
Charlize Theron’s entire career has been dedicated to breaking records and setting standards—she was the first South African to win an Academy Award for acting, she’s built a career as an action star at an age when the Hollywood machine is typically trying to phase actresses out of leading roles, and she continues to flex her talent in a variety of genres. And, as impressive as her accomplishments up to now have been, all signs point to even more great things in the future.
We’re wishing her the happiest of birthdays and looking forward to her next four decades of performances.Embed from Getty Images