Theron, as you’ve never seen her in a hearty comedy drama
CHARLIZE Theron can act – she has an Oscar to prove it.
The 42-year-old beauty still needed to gain more than 20kg to convincingly play a suburban mother-ofthree in her latest film Tully, written by Diablo Cody and directed by Jason Reitman
(Juno, Young Adult). Of course, “yummy mummies” struggle with post-natal depression, too.
But for movie-goers to buy the Hollywood A-lister as a worn-out, stay-at-home mum, Theron had to manifest the inner frowziness that is part and parcel of the job description.
While Theron’s physical appearance makes a significant contribution to movie-goers’ suspension of disbelief – that muffin top is real – it’s her underlying performance that gives the film its heart and soul.
Tully is aiming for an unvarnished portrait of family life – but Marlo and her husband Drew (Ron Livingston) have a solid marriage, the foundations of which are about to be sorely tested by the arrival of their unplanned third child.
STARTLING TRANSFORMATION: Charlize Theron stars as mum Marlo in Tully.