Charlize Theron Atomic Blonde
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Listen up people, because superstar Charlize Theron has a really logical and perfectly put reason why more movies should feature take-no-prisoners women in the lead. And seeing as Theron’s assumed a number of kickass roles that include Atomic Blonde, The Fate of the Furious, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Italian Job, and Aeon Flux, she definitely knows what she’s talking about.

The way Theron sees it?

“This is very much part of our nature and who we are, and I think it’s a shame that we haven’t celebrated that enough in cinema,” she continued, before pivoting to Atomic Blonde. “So, there’s something really great and refreshing to be a part of something that feels super authentic and just great. Not just for us as women to be a part of, but for other women to see.”

Co-star Sofia Boutella echoed, also simply but effectively, “Everything she just said.”

Theron plays British spy Lorraine Broughton in the action-thriller directed by David Leitch (John Wick, Deadpool 2), with Boutella as French agent Delphine Lasalle. She cited Ripley from the Alien franchise as a source of inspiration for Lorraine, and all of her characters.

“It’s somewhat my religion for pretty much any movie that I start,” Theron said of Ripley, adding that Sigourney Weaver’s performance really resonated with her. “From the first moment that I saw her in that film, I always felt like I wanted to somehow bring a little bit of that alive in anything that I was doing on film. She just kind of set the bar.”

Personally, Theron is inspired by a certain badass woman in her life.

When asked who the pair look to as strong ladies now, Theron spoke of her girlfriends — including Boutella. “Other girls really inspire me,” she said. “I wake up a lot of mornings thinking about a certain girl that is in my life, and I think we need more of that. I think women need to support each other a little bit more.”

We could not agree more, and love how Boutella did just that by citing Theron as one of the strong ladies in her life, in addition to her mother. “When I saw the film, I [realized] the extent and the level in which she was able to be a badass in the film and it was mind blowing.”

That it is, so do yourself a favor and go watch Theron kick ass and take names when Atomic Blonde lands in theaters July 28th. And for more from this dynamic duo, watch the video above.