Onscreen and Off, Charlize Is Naked

For spicy Oscar winner, candor comes naturally
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2009 2:40 PM CDT
"I feel like I always reveal too much," Charlize Theron tells Vogue.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Charlize Theron is known for her devil-may-care attitude about onscreen nudity. But as Kevin Conley found while writing a profile of the Oscar-winning beauty for Vogue, nakedness follows Theron into her real life as well—though it’s of the metaphorical variety. “I feel like I always reveal too much,” Theron, 34, says. “There’s something sexy about the mystery. I don’t know how to play that card, though.” Observes an admiring Conley, “Frankness, it seems, relaxes her.”

Theron is slated to appear in two films this fall, including the highly-anticipated adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Some have reduced Theron’s acting skills to mere externals like weight gain, false teeth, and Joan Crawford-esque eyebrows, but Conley disagrees, praising the former model for not only being open about her weaknesses (fear of flying, growing old alone, and being inappropriate), but mining them for her characters. Theron herself says, “My weaknesses are way more interesting to me than my strengths.”