Charlize Theron has always wanted to adopt

08 May, 2018, 00:57 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Charlize Theron Admits 50 Pound Weight Gain for 'Tully' Led to Depression: 'It Was Really Brutal'

Marlo is struggling with her identity as a mother, with the idea of normalcy as a gift to her children bumping up against the struggling mundanity of her suburban life.

And, given the degree of difficulty involved, I'd say she's entitled. "I find that sometimes it's a really good acting teacher, just observing people". It's odd - it feels like she's been somewhat clairvoyant in always picking a subject matter that both Jason and I are really interested in exploring.

Young Adult (2011) In her previous collaboration with her "Tully" writer and director, Theron played an alcoholic writer who returns to her hometown to seduce an old beau (Patrick Wilson) but ends up reckoning with her past self. (This isn't new territory for Cody; her Showtime TV series United States of Tara drew similar criticisms for its portrayal of Dissociative Identity Disorder.) Simply from a storytelling perspective, Tully's third act developments give the film's plot and themes more structure, but do so at the expense of its own narrative logic. We only rarely see movies that deal with the hard, complicated realities of motherhood - with the physical, emotional and psychological impact that it has on women's bodies and minds - and we have never seen a movie about motherhood like this one.

Theron, 42, read the script when son Jackson, now 6, was 4, and daughter August, 2, was just six months old. She used that colorful world to write her first book under the name Diablo Cody at the age of 27, the memoir "Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper".

Although she adopted both kids and raises them as a single mom, she could relate to Marlo's initial reluctance to get a nanny, in fear of being labeled a "bad parent".

Well, I thought I was just going to start with the physical transformation, and then I would get to her inner workings. "I've definitely felt like less of a woman for needing help with those things".

COURTESY FOCUS FEATURES           Ron Livingston plays a checked-out father in “Tully.”
COURTESY FOCUS FEATURES Ron Livingston plays a checked-out father in “Tully.”

Except that Tully (winningly played by Davis) is as flaky and warm as a croissant, and she's not there to manage children - Tully's there to take care of Marlo, who in no time is sleeping soundly and waking up to a clean house. She gained 50lbs, we are told, in the service of veracity, and looks suitably physically devastated as she staggers around in the aftermath of her third birth. Time will tell there, but the quality is present at least.

"It was really brutal", Theron says.

"I'm kind of going through it right now because my little one is potty training, so night time, we're up three times a night changing sheets and pyjamas and things like that, but I wouldn't change it for anything".

Marlo kids her at one point that she feels like she's in a movie where the nanny tries to kill everyone, and the mother survives but has to walk with a cane.

"A lot of people are making a big deal because I gained all this weight for the film and (saying) how "brave" that is, and I'm like, 'Do you know that mums do this every day and nobody calls them fearless?'".

She has a history of postpartum depression, and we can see the lack of conviction in her eyes (a fine performance by Theron) when she puts a hand on her belly and calls her baby "a blessing". But before long they're bonding over reality shows and kitchen table confessionals, Tully's kindness making her feel somehow whole again amid the everyday chaos of modern family life where the quiet despair of motherhood is too easily ignored. Maritz has also informed Theron's own mommy mantra: "Tomorrow's a new day". We don't think of a movie like Tully, a small domestic dramedy, as being one in which sound design is essential.

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