Charlize Theron says ‘Monster’ investors wanted a ‘hot lesbian movie’

What could be sexier than a homicidal woman killing truck drivers?

Charlize Theron’s career-making role in “Monster” began as something very different, she revealed in a new interview.

The 47-year-old actress starred as real-life murderer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 serial-killer drama, alongside Christina Ricci as her lover Selby Wall.

Theron — who went on to win an Oscar for her part — alleged in a new interview with Harper’s Bazaar that investors kept pushing for a NSFW LGBTQ story, instead of a plot about a killer on the run.

She told the publication how backers demanded “a hot lesbian movie with me and Christina Ricci” — however, that is not what the Patty Jenkins-directed “Monster” turned out to be.

“There’s a natural fight in me to want to create environments that feel like the things that I wish I had 30 years ago when I started,” Theron said. 

The “Old Guard” actress also discussed her struggles with costumes during movie shoots.

“Having absolutely no control over what you’re wearing is a big one that really f – – king annoyed me for years,” Theron told Harper’s Bazaar.

Charlize Theron Cover Harper's BAZAAR October 2022
Charlize Theron is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar’s October 2022 issue.

“Having absolutely no control over what you’re wearing is a big one that really f – – king annoyed me for years. Having some guy make you have a fitting almost in front of them — stuff like that, it’s really belittling,” Theron noted.

She then described an incident on set involving a director who kept wanting her to change her clothes.

“When I started, there was no conversation around it. It was like, ‘This is what you’re wearing,’ ” she explained. “And I remember one movie in particular, this male director who just kept bringing me in, fitting after fitting after fitting.”

“And it was just so obvious that it was to do with my sexuality and how f – – kable they could make me in the movie. And when I started out, that was just kind of the norm,” the “Fate of the Furious” star said.

Theron has been a staple in Hollywood movies for 25 years, however, she still doesn’t feel that she’s achieved a “Kim Kardashian level” of notoriety.

Christina Ricci, Charlize Theron in "Monster"
Christina Ricci (left) and Charlize Theron in 2003’s “Monster.”
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Elsewhere in the profile, the mother of two revealed how her career has evolved.

“Working more isn’t, I think, going to change my level of fame,” she dished. “It just has always been a mediocre ride. I’ve never been one of those people that’s at a Kim Kardashian level. But I feel like it’s just always been this thing.”

Theron also got candid about how a major part of her 20s and 30s in the entertainment business — and the way she was raised — helped her find her voice.

“[In my young adult years], it was a time where you had to be a loud bitch to just find some space in the room,” she went on. “I don’t necessarily really like being that person, but there was definitely a time in my life where that was the only way I knew how to function.”