Charlize Theron on 'finding the human within' the 'Snow White' Evil Queen
Earlier this year, movie audiences saw Julia Roberts play the Evil Queen in a comedic take of the "Snow White" tale. However, the character takes on a completely different and darker persona when Charlize Theron steps into the role in "Snow White and the Huntsman."
The actress recently spoke to OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith about taking on the devious character and the costumes she donned in the film.
"I think the reason why I really wanted to do it was because I saw a lot of potential in finding the human within a character that's become very iconic for just being one thing and that's being evil," Theron said. "I like that challenge."
In the film, Theron plays a power-hungry queen whose youthful looks and magic are threatened by her stepdaughter Snow White (played by Kristen Stewart) who will one day be "the fairest of them all." The Evil Queen sends a Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to track down Snow White in the dark forest, but he ends up teaching Snow White to protect herself. The film hit theaters on June 1.
"I was really excited to kind of, in a way, almost work backwards and get to a place of understanding these were the crossroads, this is where it all went wrong," Theron said. "So now I understand why she's behaving the way she does."
Theron also talked to Smith about the subtle regal accent she speaks with in the film.
"I think you have to in order to try and do it as authentically as possible find a way to make it, to help you, and inform you," Theron said about the accent. "There was something about that voice that was really, I don't know, I never tried it in an American voice, but it really helped."
The 36-year-old Oscar-winning actress is seen in still from the movie donning ornate costumes for the role and Theron said that attire looked great and somewhat easy to move in, but not necessarily comfortable.
"We should have such an appreciation for costume designers, because not only do they have to make things look exquisite but they have to be practical. We have to be able to work in them," she said. "It wasn't like wearing sweatpants. I'm not going to lie. There were days where I was like, 'Oh, not the corset today!'"
Check out a trailer for "Snow White and the Huntsman" below.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).