Charlize Theron stepped away from acting for almost two years early in her career because she felt Hollywood was objectifying her.
The Oscar-winning actress has shed light on her struggle with being pigeonholed by the movie business after her first film role in the 1996 crime flick 2 Days in the Valley.
“Someone thought it was a good idea to market almost the entire movie on me – objectifying me a little bit,” Theron said.
“I got a lot of attention from it, but the problem was that afterwards it was like, ‘We want you to do that again – can you just do that?’.
“And so I didn’t work for almost two years.”
Theron also spoke about her recent battle with producers of The Huntsman for equal pay alongside Chris Hemsworth – a battle she won.
“Once I asked, they said yes. They did not fight it,” she said.
“And maybe that’s the message: that we just need to put our foot down.”
Theron said girls and women need to realise that being a feminist is a good thing.
“It doesn’t mean you hate men. It means equal rights.”
“If you’re doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way.”