Charlize Theron portrays a monstrous mom in ‘Sleepwalking’


Charlize Theron doesn't play a serial killer in the new William Maher-directed "Sleepwalking," but she does play a kind of monster - a woman who abandons her child, pathologically picks very wrong men and, as Theron puts it, "is in profound denial." While the character, Joleen, regrets nearly everything she's ever done and keeps doing the same things - the classic description of insanity - Theron says there's a lot more going on.

"Joleen might do everything wrong," said the 32-year-old actress, "but she does it from a really good place. And as an actress, I think getting to the humanity of someone like that is a lot more interesting than most roles. I also think it's a lot easier for men to be flawed in our culture and society. Women are really complex. We are. But there's still a real Madonna-whore syndrome that dictates to women."

Clearly, no one dictates to the South Africa-born Hollywood divinity, who was a ballerina and a model before she made her movie debut in 1997's "2 Days in the Valley" (co-starring James Spader, Eric Stoltz and Jeff Daniels). Theron went on to co-star in "The Devil's Advocate" with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, made a considerable impression in Woody Allen's otherwise unremarkable "Celebrity," and moved into such mainstream fare as "Mighty Joe Young," "The Cider House Rules" and "The Astronaut's Wife."

(Source: Newsday)

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