Charlize Theron & Brad Pitt For W Magazine February 2012

Charlize Theron shares cover duty with Brad Pitt for next month’s “Best Performance” issue of W. They are both known for dramatic roles that sometimes glisten with humor, like Theron in Young Adult or Pitt in Inglourious Basterds or Moneyball. The interviews mirror that acting style, like the moment when Charlize brings up having no teeth as a child in South Africa.“For the first eight years of my life, I didn’t have front teeth. I was pretty sick as an infant, and antibiotics rotted them. But then I started to take dance classes, and I eventually got some teeth [laughs]. When I was 16, I went to Milan to model.”

And, on Young Adult, her award-deserving performance as a trouble alcoholic grown up with a teenager’s mind she says, “I liked Mavis, but no, I don’t think I need to like my characters…Your characters are like your children: Sometimes they make you proud, and other times, you think, Oh, really?! In Young Adult, I wanted to show some cringe-worthy moments that only women will get.”

For Pitt’s sit-down with Lynn Hirschberg, he revealed that the only movie he ever cried at was Life as a House with Kevin Kline, mostly because he was stricken with “Montezuma’s revenge” at the time of said tears. He also reveals that he was taken down a few pegs after his first audition, for The Accused.

 “I called up afterward and asked, “How did I do?’ There were three seconds of silence and then: ‘Have you ever thought about acting classes?’”

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