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Theron has said of this period in her career that, "I kept finding myself in a place where directors would back me but studios didn't.
[I began] a love affair with directors, the ones I really, truly admired. Reindeer Games was not a good movie, but I did it because I loved John Frankenheimer." The Oscar win pushed her to The Hollywood Reporter's 2006 list of highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, earning US million for both her subsequent films, North Country and Aeon Flux, she ranked seventh, behind Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Renée Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman.
When I'm figuring out a character, for me it's easy, since once I say yes to something, I become super-obsessed about it – and I have an obsessive nature in general. When the camera rolls, it's time to do my job, to do the honest truth.
You can't do that part of the [character-creation] work when you're [in the middle of] making the film. In 2012, she starred in Ridley Scott's science fiction film Prometheus.
During rehearsals she drew an Ireland ball instead of France as a joke at the expense of FIFA, referring to Thierry Henry's handball controversy in the play-off match between France and Ireland.My mom came over from South Africa and said, 'Either you figure out what to do next or you come home, because you can sulk in South Africa'.Larger roles in widely released Hollywood films followed, and her career expanded in the late 1990s with box-office successes like The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999).(1996), The Devil's Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), The Italian Job (2003), Hancock (2008), The Road (2009), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Prometheus (2012), A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017), and Atomic Blonde (2017).Theron received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003), for which she won the Academy Award, Silver Bear, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress among other accolades, becoming the first South African to win an Academy Award in a major acting category.
Although the geographic scope of CTAOP is Sub-Saharan Africa, the primary concentration has mostly been Charlize's home country of South Africa.