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It’s a fact Charlize Theron knows all too well. The actress has become known in the film industry for rejecting parts that that trade on her beauty.

It’s served her well as she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2004 after she put on 30 lbs and wore prosthetics to portray serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster.

She earned her second Oscar nomination in 2006 for her role as a gritty iron miner in North Country. And when she signed on to star in 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Theron decided that a buzz cut would look better with her character’s prosthetic arm.

The ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ star also blasted Hollywood for its attitudes towards ageing. Charlize Theron has claimed that being pretty in Hollywood means it’s harder to come by meatier roles.

Speaking to GQ magazine, Theron said she’s been in the room when the good, meaty roles come in ‘and pretty people get turned away first’. ‘Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story,’ Theron said. ‘How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, gown-wearing eight-foot model?

The 40-year-old actress, who currently stars in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, went on to hit out at Hollywood’s attitude to female ageing. ‘We live in a society where women wilt and men age like. And, for a long time, women accepted it,’ she said. ‘We were waiting for society to change, but now we’re taking leadership. It would be a lie to say there is less worry for women as they get older than there is for men. It feels there’s this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she’s over 40.’

Theron also spoke about her native South Africa, saying she still has a very strong connection to her country and to its people, despite moving to the US. ‘I love my country. And it’s very hard for South Africans to believe that, because I left and speak in an American accent,’ she added.

‘I have a very, very strong connection to my country and to its people. It’s the mother that might have abandoned me, in a weird way, but not all the way. I’m not having a pity party, but I’m constantly trying to win its love back.’