Charlize Theron Says She Was Incredibly Misquoted on Her ‘Pretty People’ Comment

Listen up, Internet — Charlize Theron wants to clarify a few things.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War star seemingly stuck her foot in it when she recently spoke with British GQ about how being beautiful had its drawbacks early in her career.

The magazine quoted her as saying, “Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story. How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f–king, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room, and pretty people get turned away first.”

The Internet went crazy with the backlash, as its wont to do, and now Theron is “shocked” by how misquoted she was.

At the premiere for The Huntsman: Winter’s War, she told Access Hollywood, “It was such an incredible misquote. I’m somewhat shocked by how I got so misquoted. What I was really trying to say was people always ask me why I play so many characters that are so deconstructed, and my point with that was that how many characters really are there out there for a woman wearing a gown? You have to kind of play real people.”

“Context is everything,” the South African stunner continued. “And if somebody doesn’t really get that or it doesn’t translate, people can really kind of read stuff so wrongly.”

Speaking to ExtraTV, Theron added, “I have always been honest that when I was a model 20 years ago it was hard to walk into a [casting] room, and I had to prove myself. Today I’m so lucky that I’m in a place that I don’t have to. But I’m grateful for that, too, because it gives you character and it makes you who you are, and you don’t want everything to kind of come easy.”

Theron indeed has transformed herself for some of her most memorable roles, including her Oscar-winning portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 film Monster, for which she gained 30 pounds, shaved her eyebrows and wore a prosthetic nose. Heck, even in Mad Max: Fury Road, Charlize shaved her head to play Imperator Furiosa (although she still looked gorgeous).

Can’t wait to see how she’ll look as the villain in Fast 8!