Charlize Theron has created a female action hero like no other with bisexual super-spy Lorraine Broughton in “Atomic Blonde”, and she discussed her butt-kicking new character in a Saturday session at Comic-Con in San Diego.
With “Atomic Blonde” released during a summer when “Wonder Woman” has been the biggest draw at the box office, Theron discussed how the success of female-driven action films will lead to studios producing more.
“I always say to studios, ‘Make more female-driven movies,’” Theron said during the session, reports Associated Press. “They said, ‘We would if people go and see them.’ So go see those movies!”
She also pointed to the need for more female directors helming projects, pointing to the success of “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins (who directed Theron’s Oscar-winning performance in “Monster”).
Theron also addressed the issue of Hollywood’s gender gap when it comes to salary, noting that she drew a line in the sand when she demanded to be paid the same as co-star Chris Hemsworth in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War,” revealing studio execs relented without an argument.
During the Q&A, she addressed Chris Hemsworth’s comment that she should be the next James Bond. According to Theron, she’s “all for it,” but at the moment she’s fine “leaving that one over to Daniel [Craig] or Idris [Elba].”
She added: “I’ll do Lorraine,” referring to her “Atomic Blonde” character. “I think that this character is someone who can hopefully live and breathe in that same format.”