Charlize Theron says her feelings for Megyn Kelly changed after playing her in the upcoming film about Roger Ailes.
The Oscar-winning actress, 43, opened up about her new role at the SXSW premiere of “Long Shot” with Seth Rogen, revealing she now feels “empathy”.
The upcoming film, based on the career and sexual assault allegations against the Fox News exec, stars Theron as Kelly, Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson and Margot Robbie as a producer at the station.
“I didn’t know how complicated her situation was,” Theron told Variety. “I think for a lot of people, they didn’t understand why she just didn’t speak up.”
She continued, “She was in a complicated place, and as a human being, I have empathy for that. And I don’t think a lot of people truly understood that.”
Kelly detailed her allegations against Ailes in her 2016 memoir Settle For More. Ailes denied all allegations until his death in 2017.
After leaving Fox News in 2017, Kelly signed on with NBC to host “Megyn Kelly Today” which was cancelled after her controversial blackface comments.