Charlize Theron Discusses Her Weight Gain and the Strain It’s Had on Her Health

I think the first time I heard the name Charlize Theron was in 2003 when there was a lot of buzz about her movie Monster. Back then much was made of the fact that this former model put on about 30 pounds to play this prostitute-turned-serial killer Aileen Wuornos. While she didn’t look exactly like the real-life person she was playing Theron looked nothing like she regularly does in real life. The actress was completely transformed.

She joined that long list of actors (including Robert De Niro and Tom Hanks), who dramatically lose or gain weight for a role and walk away with an Oscar. Then she appeared to snap back into shape once the movie was over. From afar she made the weight gain and loss look easy. But, 14 years later, after doing it again for another role Theron is singing a different tune.

Charlize Theron eating cake
Credit: Instagram / @charlizeafrica

What did Charlize Theron say gaining weight did to her body?

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Marissa Charles

Born and raised in London, Marissa Charles is an award-winning journalist who has written for newspapers and magazines around the world. Her work has appeared in publications in the UK, the US, Australia, South Africa and France. She loves writing about health, fitness, celebrities, true crime and human-interest stories Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including EBONY, the Daily Mail Online, The Guardian, Essence, the New York Post,,, and British Glamour. Marissa currently lives in Los Angeles, California. She has no children yet but is a proud – and at times embarrassing – godmother.

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