Charlize Theron Shaves Head for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

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Charlize Theron shaved her head for her role in Mad Max: Fury Road. Why would someone as gorgeous as she is do such a thing--when makeup, prosthetics, and the like are all so readily available in Hollywood?

Fans no doubt realize that this isn't the first time Charlize Theron has taken unusual measures for a specific role. Did you see her in Monster? She gained 30 pounds and wore prosthetic teeth to play Aileen Wuornos.

During a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Charlize dished on her philosophy with regard to playing certain roles.

"Every movie is its own animal and you have to respect it and treat it that way," she said. "This one was just a naturally a long process because the movie took so long to make, but I had a lot to have the story really inform me as to what I needed to do and what needed to happen. So I was grateful for the time."

She says shaving her head to make Mad Max: Fury Road wasn't only about playing her character, however.

"I just had this moment where I was like, 'I need to shave my head! I can't think about what I'm going to do with my hair in this movie. I'm going to be in the desert. I'm a new mother. Let's just shave it,'" she said. "The next day we did it. I can't even imagine doing it any other way."

What did Sean Penn think about her buzz cut?

"I think he liked it," she says.

Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters on May 15th. Fans can likely expect to see Charlize Theron walking red carpets between now and then--perhaps even on the arm of the 'love of her life,' Sean Penn.

Will you be checking out Mad Max: Fury Road--and Charlize Theron at a theater near you?

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.