"I really believe that we look physically the way we do because of the emotional impact that we've made on our bodies during our life," Charlize says. When developing a character—both inside and out—Charlize says she keeps that philosophy in mind. "We start with the emotional stuff and then I try to go,' Well, these are the marks that this emotional life has left on her body.'" She says that when women try to eliminate the wrinkles on their face, "it's like burning your photo albums."
"We all go through a lot of turmoil and a lot of difficult things that maybe we'd want to forget," Charlize explains. "But you grow from those things and when you see those moments and those lines, it's not looking back at devastation. It's going, 'I've grown from this.' And so in a way ... you've earned it."