“Bombshell” has been an emotional experience for everyone involved.
In an interview with Deadline, Charlize Theron spoke about watching the real Megyn Kelly react to the film in an Instagram video.
“I do wish I had done more, even though I was powerless… what if I had thrown myself on the fire back then?” Kelly said in the video.
Watching the reaction was “incredibly emotional,” Theron said. “I felt that that was an incredibly sincere moment from Megyn. It hit me really deep. I felt something really real in her saying that.”
She continued, “We [as women] shouldn’t even be in that situation in the first place. We want more than that. We want a world where that’s not even asked. Where we are not even in that situation where we have to choose what we’re going to do in the first place. And I just don’t think that is too much to ask. I think that is a human right that we should all have. We should be able to go to work and live in a world where we’re not threatened, we’re not power-played and we’re not sexually harassed. We’re not sexually assaulted just in order to provide for our families or for ourselves.”
The Oscar-nominated actress also talked about speaking to survivors of Roger Ailes’ harassment at Fox News.
“Their stories hit me so deeply,” she said, “very much like Julie, and Rudi and Juliet, all of those women, and so many more, they all share something that is so visceral, and still so real, and the idea of having to revisit something that’s been—I think for Rudi, it’s been 13 years—I bet that’s not something that you want to jump at. I know that that must be really hard for them.”
She also spoke about her hope that the film has a real impact.
“I do think that there’s something cathartic in it,” she said. “But the thing I’m most grateful to them for, is the fact that they understand the weight of their stories, they understand what their stories could mean for changing this and also for other women. To do what they need to do in order to heal and to try and stop this.”