It’s been an eye-opening experience. Charlize Theron portrays TV host Megyn Kelly in the highly anticipated new movie about Roger Ailes and his downfall. After shooting the film, Charlize revealed that she has a new perspective on Megyn and how she dealt with the scandal.
“I’m very different from her, but I think that for women, and for all of us, it’s good for all of us to be able to look at each other, knowing our differences and knowing that we all make mistakes,” Theron, 43, said while appearing on the May 2 episode of Watch What Happens Live. “She’s a conflicted human being and so am I. So I have no place to judge her or say anything other than I wish her well and I think this is a good story to tell, it’s an important story to tell.”
The movie, which has yet to receive a title, is about the women working at Fox when Ailes was still in charge, doing their best to thrive in a male-dominated work culture. “I didn’t know how complicated her situation was,” Theron told Variety at the premiere of her movie Long Shot back in March. “I think for a lot of people, they didn’t understand why she just didn’t speak up.”
“She was in a complicated place, and as a human being, I have empathy for that,” Theron added while talking about the anchor, 48. “And I don’t think a lot of people truly understood that.”
Several A-list stars have secured major roles in the biopic aside from Theron, including Nicole Kidman, who plays Gretchen Carlson (one of the women who accused Ailes of sexual harassment), as well as Margot Robbie, who will be playing one of the network’s producers.
Back in 2016, Kelly’s memoir, Settle for More, revealed her firsthand account of the sexual harassment she allegedly endured from Ailes. “I would be called into Roger’s office, he would shut the door, and over the next hour or two, he would engage in a kind of cat-and-mouse game with me — veering between obviously inappropriate sexually charged comments,” one excerpt read. Kelly said he stopped trying to make advances six months after she reported it to her supervisor.
Ailes ultimately resigned in July 2016 from his post as chairman and CEO of Fox News as well as Fox Television Stations. He passed away in 2017 at 77.
The new movie is set to hit theaters in December 2019.
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