Charlize Theron has revealed that her stint on Arrested Development likely saved her career.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Theron, 47, confessed that she signed on to make Arrested Development to rebound from the 2005 bomb Aeon Flux.
“It was one of the scariest things, to walk onto a set of a show that’s so developed and so brilliant. But I think I needed that, to put myself out there in a different way, because people thought of me as someone who was f***ing depressing, like my mother shot my father,” Theron said of her decision to feature in Arrested Development.
And I just f***ing loved that show, and this is going to sound so “poor me,” but I do feel like sometimes, as women, we get one shot and I knew that (the 2005 action flick) Aeon Flux was going to be a f***ing flop. I knew it from the beginning, that’s why I did Arrested Development.”
Theron admitted that she fought “until the bitter end” to salvage Aeon Flux, but she ultimately did not have “the answers for how” to fix it.
“I definitely knew we were in trouble. I wasn’t a producer on it, and I didn’t really have the experience to say what I believe Tom Cruise has maybe said for the past 20 years, which is, ‘Shut this s— down, get four more writers on it, and let’s figure this out.’ Instead, I’m going, ‘Oh God, I’ve just got to get through this day. I have bronchitis, but let’s keep shooting,'” she said. “Now I imagine all these male actors going, ‘Shut it down for six months!’ And it’s like, f—, no one told me that was an option.”
With roles in movies like Hancock, Prometheus, Mad Max: Fury Road, Atomic Blonde, The Fate of the Furious, and others, Theron’s career would not only recover but rise to new heights in the years after.