Charlize Theron is among the highest paid actresses in the world, raking in a cool R350 million in 2018 alone. Whether blasting bad guys, racing across the desert or running for office, the Oscar-winning actress gives her all.
She’s proven herself as both a Hollywood star and an ambassador for her beloved homeland, and you’ll find her in these movies currently streaming on Showmax and Netflix.
She may not have launched a thousand ships… yet, but Charlize must be this generation’s Helen of Troy. Monster enabled us to see past her stunning visage to an immersive and award-winning performance. In another wholehearted and physically transformative role, she plays Marlo, a pregnant mom trying to “keep the home fires burning”. Balancing child and husband-minding, she gets help from a nighttime nanny named Tully.
Diablo Cody wrote Juno and crafts a wonderful character for Theron, whose comedic timing is severely underrated. Delivering offbeat lines, conveying Marlo’s stoicism and shattering the picture-perfect image of Charlize with a giant baby rattle, it’s a chance for her to embody the sacred, thankless and tireless odyssey that is motherhood. Honest and fearless… this is definitely one of her best turns.
IMDB rating: 7.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 86%
North Country, 2005 (Netflix)
As an activist, Charlize has always campaigned for the rights of women and children. Just recently her controversial 1999 anti-rape advert resurfaced in response to a movement exposing the high rate of abuse and femicide in South Africa. Theron is a strong woman who often takes on the role of resilient women in trying situations. She brings the same fighting spirit to her performance as a mother, miner and woman in the gritty drama North Country.
Directed by The Whaler Rider’s Niki Caro and based on a true story, this nuggety mining drama draws attention to a landmark sexual harassment case in 1984. The themes remain timely and you’ll struggle to find a more star-studded drama. Theron is plucky, standing up for her rights when friends are scarce and her community has been poisoned against her. Playing an ordinary woman taking a stand in society and in court, it’s a heartfelt, stirring and signature performance.
IMDB rating: 7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 69%
Being as committed as ever, Charlize reportedly tore a stomach muscle from screaming in one scene.
Charlize could have been the Child-like Empress from The Never-Ending Story. While she doesn’t hail from the Ivory Tower in Fantasia, she embodies purity of heart and spirit through her charity work and activism. Coupling this otherworldly quality with her seemingly effortless beauty, she was a natural shoo-in for the role of Queen Ravenna based on the Hungarian legend of Erszebet Bathory. It’s unusual for Theron to take on a villain’s robe, but she delights in the rare opportunity, sharing the screen with Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth.
Giving Maleficent a lesson on how to be nefarious, Ravenna takes “mirror, mirror” to the next level. Being as committed as ever, Charlize reportedly tore a stomach muscle from screaming in one scene. Her towering supporting act almost steals the show as Ravenna’s untold power and desire for rejuvenation seeps into the rest of this dark-winged fairy tale.