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She was nearly unrecognisable in the role of a prostitute-turned-serial killer



Charlize's life journey led her to a place most starlets only dream of centre stage picking up a best actress gong at the 2004 Academy Awards. And at her side as she took home the gold for her role as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster were the two people closest to her heart boyfriend Stuart and mother Gerda.

Shedding her glamorous figure, Charlize gained 30lbs and underwent a stunning a transformation to play the part. "Once I tapped into the emotional side of how she led her life, the physical stuff just happened naturally," says Charlize. "She reminded me of a stray dog who'd been kicked so many times that if you reached out a hand of love, she'd still recoil because she'd been betrayed so much."

Charlize says that typecast actresses should take her experience to heart. "It could be a magazine cover, a movie role, or even an orange dress people in this town get stuck on an image and don't realise that it is the job of an actress to transform," she says. "There are a lot of actresses out there who are willing to strip down and get raw, dirty and nasty for a part."
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