Charlize Theron on ‘Mad Max’ Role: Projectile Vomit & Head Shaving

Charlize is in the new ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ film, and has admitted that she opted to just shave her head completely for her character. She says it was actually a very fun experience and she enjoyed showering:

“At first, my character was going to be ghostlike and albino. And then I thought it would be stronger to shave my head. I called George [Miller] and told him my plan. He went silent, which I thought was a good sign. So I borrowed some clippers and buzzed it all off…. yes, it was really fun to shower with my bald head. You have not showered until you’ve showered hairless. That’s all I have to say.”

Shooting the film in Namibia, close to her home country South Africa, made Charlize feel so nervous she wanted to projectile vomit:

“I was conflicted. Everybody knows that feeling of going home and being giddy and then, at the same time, wanting to projectile vomit. [Laughs] The shoot lasted an eternity—we were there for seven months.”

The actress adds that her son and dogs mean the world to her now, and she even thinks of her dogs as more children:

“They’re all my children. I know people get weirded out when people talk that way about their animals, but love is love and care is care, and just because one needs a diaper and the other does not doesn’t mean you don’t have a deep feeling for them. The loss of some of my dogs has been just as devastating as the loss of a family member.”

She’s learnt to deal with getting older now and thinks women should not judge other women because it’s something everyone has to simply deal with in life:

“I do know that choosing to be a mom in my late 30s has been really great for me. It’s given me perspective… I think, like many women, I was judgmental toward women as they aged. Women, in our society, are compartmentalized so that we start to feel like we’re cut flowers and after a while we will wilt. I realize now that’s not the case—we can celebrate every age. That’s my encouragement to 20-year-olds who are terrified of getting older: Don’t have a nervous breakdown and don’t hit the Chardonnay too hard. Getting older is not that bad.”