Charlize Theron on her latest project, the Oscar-nominated In The Valley of Elah
Statuesque South African Oscar-winner Charlize Theron, 32, returns to our screens in Paul Haggis’ In The Valley of Elah, playing a detective searching for a soldier who has gone AWOL after a tour-of-duty in Iraq.
Set in a post-Iraq America, do you think In the Valley of Elah is anti-war?
I don’t think it’s anti-war, or anti-this war. It’s just saying, ‘If we’re going to do this, then we’re going to have to understand the consequences’. And the consequences are when we send young men and women off to experience atrocious things and do the job that they do for us, you can’t expect them to come back and not be traumatised!
So you don’t want to use the film as a platform for your beliefs?
I’m not interested in being that kind of actor. If I was that kind of person, I’d be a politician. I’m not a politician. I’m an entertainer.
You took US citizenship recently. Is that of big significance to you?
It’s a huge significance. I’ve lived half my life in South Africa and half my life in America. I feel like that’s my home right now. I want to be able to have a voice. I want to be able to vote. I want to be able to be a part of the decision-making process – albeit on a minute scale.
Where do you keep your Oscar?
It’s in my office, where I work, in my office in my house. Right next to a bathroom that a lot of people use in the house.
You’re 32 now. Any pearls of wisdom you’d like to pass on?
There are only two things we know for sure. That we’re going to die and age. What are we going to do about that? Some people have Botox, that’s great. Hopefully, I’ll be OK with not getting Botox. Who knows? Life is a big old fucking mystery and I’m ready to go and experience it. I don’t have all the answers. But it’s great to feel being in my early thirties, I have been on the search. We all need to be on that search.
In the Valley of Elah opens on 25 January