Charlize Theron insists that it can be hard to be 'gorgeous' in Hollywood

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Charlize Theron Says That Her Beauty Has Often Worked Against Her

It's hard being pretty! At least, according to Charlize Theron.

The 40-year-old actress graces the leg-tastic cover of next month's issue of British GQ and got very real about how female castings are decided in Hollywood.

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"Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them," Theron said. "That's the end of the story."

And "physically right" doesn't always been beautiful, as societal standards and images in the media would lead us to believe.

"How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, f***ing, gown-wearing eight-foot model?" she asked. "When meaty roles come through, I've been in the room and pretty people get turned away first."

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Actress Charlize Theron poses for photographers during a promotional event in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Actress Charlize Theron poses for photographers during a promotional event in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 21: Actress Charlize Theron arrives at the premiere of DIRECTV's 'Dark Places' at Harmony Gold Theatre on July 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Charlize Theron attends the launch of UNAIDS New Fast Track Report ahead of World AIDS Day 2014 at UCLA on November 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA- OCTOBER 17: Actress Charlize Theron arrives at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Inaugural Gala at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Charlize Theron attends the Annual Charlize Theron African Outreach project at The Darby Restaurant on December 6, 2010 in New York City.
PROTECTIVE REPEAT: US actress Charlize Theron poses for a picture at the official grand opening party for the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on November 20, 2008. Dubai is threw a multi-million-dollar extravaganza today to launch a luxury hotel on an artificial palm-shaped island, despite the bite from the global financial crisis. More than 2,000 world celebrities are due to attend the event which is set to also include a firework display seven times larger than the Olympic display in Beijing, according to the event organisers. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Actress Charlize Theron attends the premiere of 'Sleepwalking' hosted by The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on March 11, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, United States: Best Actress Charlize Theron poses with her trophy at the 76th Academy Awards ceremony 29 February, 2004 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, CA. Theron won for 'Monster.' AFP PHOTO Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read Jeff HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actress Charlize Theron attends the premiere of 'The Truth About Charlie' at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on October 16, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Actress Charlize Theron attends the 26th Annual People's Choice Awards on January 9, 2000 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Charlize Theron attends the 'Mighty Joe Young' Santa Monica Premiere on December 10, 1998 at Cineplex Odeon Broadway 4 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Charlize Theron attends the '2 Days in the Valley' Westwood Premiere on September 20, 1996 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
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The Academy-Award winner also didn't hold back when it came to talking ageism in Hollywood. Theron, who recently made headlines for claiming that she didn't actually ghost ex Sean Penn, addressed the unfortunate trend in Hollywood to discount women over 40 head-on, and she insisted that the industry's leading ladies are beginning to fight it.

"We live in a society where women wilt and men age like fine wine," she explained. "And, for a long time, women accepted it. We were waiting for society to change, but now we're taking leadership. It would be a lie to say there is less worry for women as they get older than there is for men... It feels there's this unrealistic standard of what a woman is supposed to look like when she's over 40."

The May issue of British GQ hits newsstands on Thursday, April 7.

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