The actress, 43, was rumored to have turned down the titular role of Diana Prince (aka Wonder Woman) in the hit 2017 film. The role ultimately went to Gal Gadot.
Speaking on “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen,” the Oscar winner explained that she was actually offered the role of 34-year-old Gadot’s mother, despite only being 9 years her senior.
“This is a great of example of how Hollywood slaps you in the face once you start aging. So somebody had said to me, ‘Oh, there’s action on this thing, Wonder Woman, we just want to make you aware of it,’" Theron explained. "And I was like, ‘I’m just not familiar with it, what does Wonder Woman do?’ And this person said, ‘No, it’s for Wonder Woman’s mom.’“
She described it as, “the defining moment where I crossed over and I wasn’t fully aware of it.”
The role of Hippolyta ultimately went to Connie Nielsen, 53.
Theron’s latest film, “The Long Shot,” hits theaters Friday. Starring opposite Seth Rogen, it marks her first foray into the genre of romantic comedies.
“I struggle with that sometimes in romantic comedies, I feel like I’m the only loser who has never experienced the third act of most romantic comedies and it just makes me feel very bitter, and so I just wanted to feel like I could bring something to the table,” she said. “I think it’s hard for me to do that kind of fantasy love stuff.”