After rumors began circling that actor Charlize Theron had undergone plastic surgery, the Atomic Blonde star did more than shut them down.
In an interview with Allure published Friday, the 48-year-old not only slammed the rumors, but called out society's unrealistic beauty standards for women.
"My face is changing," she said. "And I love that my face is changing and aging. People think I had a facelift. They're like, 'What did she do to her face?' I'm like, 'Bitch, I'm just aging! It doesn't mean I got bad plastic surgery. This is just what happens.'"
While she does not want it for herself, Theron clarified that she isn't anti-plastic surgery, especially in light of the pressure women face.
"I've always had issues with the fact that men kind of age like fine wines and women like cut flowers," she explained. "I despise that concept and I want to fight against it, but I also think women want to age in a way that feels right to them."
She added: "We need to be a little bit more empathetic to how we all go through our journey."
Weight is another layer in the complex societal problem. Theron noted that studio rigid expectations are something she now considers when signing on to a project.
"I will never, ever do a movie again and say, 'Yeah, I'll gain 40 pounds,'" she said. "When I was 27, I did Monster. I lost 30 pounds overnight. I missed three meals and I was back to my normal weight. Then I did it at 43 for Tully, and I remember a year into trying to lose the weight, I called my doctor and I said, 'I think I'm dying because I cannot lose this weight.'"
While Theron said she isn't giving any weight to these unrealistic standards anymore, one part of aging that does feel discouraging are the physical limitations that come with time.
"More than my face, I wish I had my 25-year-old body that I can just throw against the wall and not even hurt tomorrow," she said. "Now, if I don't work out for three days and I go back to the gym, I can't walk."