Charlize says that the filmmakers made great efforts to ensure that North Country remained true to the experiences of the women who lived this story. "We tried to keep the real women as a thread throughout the entire film," she says. "They are everywhere with us. [In] the courtroom [scene], when you see the women, those are the actual women who experienced all of this. For me as an actress, it was incredibly powerful. And, I think, somewhat cathartic for them."
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."