“I put a great deal of blame on myself … that I didn’t say all the right things, and that I didn’t tell him to take a hike, which I didn’t do all of those things that we so wish to believe we’ll perform in those situations.”
Charlize Theron has actually spoken in detail about her experience of sexual harassment at the start of her acting career, stating she found it annoying that she”didn’t do all of those things that we so want
to believe we’ll do in those scenarios “. Theron was talking to NPR to coincide with the release of Bombshell, a drama about the ousting of Fox News head Roger Ailes over accusations of sexual harassment, in which she plays former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Theron described her own harassment, which took place in 1994 and included a “really popular director” whose house she checked out on a Saturday night for an audition. She says he “wore silk pajamas and offered me a drink and rubbed my knee”. “I was simply beginning; I didn’t know the outs and ins, and said to myself as I was driving there at 9pm … ‘Maybe that’s how they do it in the motion picture market?”
Theron apologised to the director. “I keep in mind stating, ‘I’m sorry that I have to leave,’ due to the fact that I was trying to remove myself from the room.” Eight years later, states Theron, the exact same director used her an acting job. While she had planned to reject the deal, she chose to fulfill him “because I believed I had the opportunity [to challenge him], I was going to have the minute I didn’t have with him”. Theron raised the occurrence however he refused to speak about it.” [He] simply moved on from the conversation, he simply didn’t want to address it. At that moment, it was clear to me that it wasn’t his first time and that he had actually been doing this before which other females had actually called him out. His way of managing it was just to talk over it and about the job.
Theron added: “You don’t [know what to do] … if you have not experienced it, it’s an extremely hard thing to cover your head around. I wasn’t even completely persuaded this was unwanted sexual advances up until later in my career.