Actress Charlize Theron says she used to shy away from the term feminist, but she can now admit it proudly.
“I’m proud to say that I am a f**king feminist,” hollywoodreporter.com quoted Theron as saying.
Theron, a South African native, was addressing a fundraiser at the Geffen Playhouse.
She added: “I remember always saying being a feminist meant a different thing to everybody. And I would apologise for it. And I had to ask, why was that? Why couldn’t I just say, ‘Yes, I’m a feminist?'”
Theron mentioned the flap over “The Huntsman: Winter’s War”, for which she demanded and got equal pay (over $10 million) to co-star Chris Hemsworth.
“I am in a position where I could put my foot down and say, I want equal pay to my male co-star, who I had billed another movie with. We were doing a sequel, we had done it together, why not?
“What was interesting about it was I had a studio that said all right. And I was like, oh? We just need to say this? We just need to not be so polite about it and say what we want?”
The actress feels it is easy to link the demand for equal pay and movements like #MeToo directly to Nelson Mandela’s legacy.
“The amount of traction and the amount of women who are being empowered by other women to step forward and actually speak their truth, I know in my life I’ve never seen anything like that,” said Theron.
“I think success for us as women is going to come out of the support that we give each other, out of not stopping this moment. This is a rock rolling down a mountain really fast, and I’m quite enjoying watching it,” she added.
On the work front, Charlize Theron’s dark comedy “Gringo” opened in India on March 9. The film, also starring David Oyelowo, Amanda Seyfried and Joel Edgerton, combines dark humour with dramatic intrigue. It is being brought to India by PVR Pictures, a statement said.
Directed by Nash Edgerton, the film revolves around mild-mannered businessman Harold (Oyelowo) who is assigned the task of delivering the formula of a new weed pill to a lab in Mexico and all the obstacles he faces.
According to dailymail.co.uk, it is a black comedy about the exploits of an unassuming businessman who inadvertently becomes a criminal after mixing with an unsavoury mix of mercenaries, Mexican drug dealers and the DEA. Theron will be seen essaying role of a shrewd businesswoman Elaine Markinson.