Charlize says that the women also inspired her performance. "I have such a great appreciation for people who come from these rural places, because I grew up in a rural town and I find them incredibly strong and incredibly resilient. They don't sit back and wallow in self-pity and feel sorry for themselves because they don't have that luxury. At the end of the day, they have to do what they have to do to get through and to survive. And in saying that, they're the funniest, lighthearted people you will ever meet. I had an incredible time going and doing the research and meeting with these women and having them be so open and so honest. I think they really wanted us to tell the truth, and they knew that they had to give us that information and they really trusted us."