Charlize Theron taps into her experience as a mom for new role

Charlize Theron in Tully. (Screengrab: YouTube)
Charlize Theron in Tully. (Screengrab: YouTube)

Cape Town – Charlize Theron takes a break from being an action star to being an overworked mother in new film.

In Tully Theron reunites with Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody who she worked with in Young Adult

The Atomic Blonde actress gained 15kg to play the role. 

The film centres on Marlo (Theron), a mother of three including a newborn who is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Mark Duplass).

Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Mackenzie Davis).

The teaser trailer shows Marlo going through the motions in her busy day: Feeding the baby, pumping breast milk, doing the laundry, keeping the older kids entertained and serving dinner for her family without taking a breather. 

Watch the trailer here:

To play the role of Marlo, Theron says she drew upon her own experience as a mother of two.

In an interview with People she said, “When you’re told you need to look tired and overworked for a role, it’s not hard to remember what those first few months with a newborn are like.”

She went on to say that she identified with Marlo because your life will never be the same again once you have children. 

“It’s rewarding of course, but it doesn’t change the fact that those sleepless nights and ever-expanding to do lists really take a toll on you,” she told People.

Theron says that she would not have been able to take on the role if she wasn’t a mom herself and the movie came at the perfect time. 

The film is set to be released in SA in May 2018.

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