When Charlize Theron saw the allegations of misconduct and rape emerging against disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein in 2017, she tells The New York Times she "wasn't surprised."
"Pitting women against each other? Weinstein was really, really good at that. There was a lot of, like, ‘Well, I'm talking to Gwyneth Paltrow for this movie …' One of his lines was that Renée Zellweger and I slept with him to get jobs," Theron told the Times. "There was no limit to him. Even in the sexual favors, he would still pit us against each other."
In a 2017 class-action lawsuit, actress Melissa Sagemiller said Weinstein claimed he slept with Paltrow, Theron and Zellweger. Weinstein has denied the dozens of allegations of wrongdoing.
She also addressed the fact that men wrote and directed Bombshell, starring herself, Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman in a true story of Roger Ailes' downfall at Fox News.
Theron and Kidman star as Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson, respectively, two former Fox News anchors who accused Ailes of sexual misconduct.
"But this is such a great example of how we should not compartmentalize these stories to just one particular sex being able to tell it," Theron said. "I want to see more opportunity for female writers and filmmakers, but I also think that it's a mistake to isolate men completely from that process. When you find the right man to tell that story, there's real value in that."
Theron continued, "Listen, we should always question this stuff, and I'm totally open to the conversation around it, but if I had to do it all over again, I would do it exactly the same way. The men in my life are incredibly compassionate and ask questions about things in a way that is inspiring to me. Why would I eliminate that interest?"
Bombshell drops December 13th.