Charlize Theron is gearing up for the release of The Huntsman: Winter’s War and you can also catch her on the April 2016 cover of WSJ magazine. On the cover which was shot by Josh Olins, Charlize is wearing a MICHAEL KORS SPRING 2016 black crop turtleneck and BASERANGE black briefs which was topped off with stud earrings and a layered short cut. In the issue, she talks openly about her break-up with Sean Penn, wanting more kids, her career, the Hollywood pay gap and more. Continue below to read some excerpts from her interview and to see more images from her feature. For more on Charlize cover story, visit WSJ.com and pick up a copy on newsstand.
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'I wasn’t just thinking about the longevity of my career, it was that I wanted to explore different things. I became aware I could build a career that would be more satisfying to me by saying no. 'I was auditioning for a lot of stuff where they thought I was too pretty. 'Devil’s Advocate was probably the hardest—they put me through the wringer. And Taylor [Hackford, the director] just wasn’t convinced. He was like, ‘If you were his wife, why would he cheat on you?’ And I was like, ‘What does that even mean?’
On the Hollywood pay gap:
'Look, when I saw that Jennifer Lawrence made what she made in comparison to Bradley Cooper, I was definitely shocked. The way people have been writing about it, it sounds like the Sony hack was what motivated me. My feeling would have still been, If we’re going to do it again, shouldn’t we start on equal footing? Because, trust me, we weren’t on equal footing there.'
On wanting more kids, Sean Penn & their breakup:
'We were very, very new in a relationship. The stories saying that Sean was going to adopt Jackson and all of that were not true. It’s not something that happens in 18 months. You can’t do that to a child. So there was an understanding that I was a single mom with a very young boy who I had to put in a situation where he understood that Mommy dates but that he does not have a father, you know what I mean? You have to be very careful and very honest about that stuff. And Sean was great with all of that. And in my honesty about wanting to have more kids, there was an understanding that a relationship had to go somewhere before it was going to be—what you hope for, which ultimately did not happen. I couldn’t foresee that, but that stuff takes time, and I think it’s my responsibility as a mother to protect my child from that. And so we had a very clear understanding. He knew that I was thinking about filing for another adoption but that we weren’t filing together.. My publicist’s going to kill me; I’m already saying too much. There is this need to sensationalize things. When you leave a relationship there has to be some f—ing crazy story or some crazy drama. And the f—ing ghosting thing, like literally I still don’t even know what it is. It’s just its own beast. We were in a relationship and then it didn’t work anymore. And we both decided to separate. That’s it.'