Charlize Theron condemns President Trump’s mockery of Ford: ‘It’s worse than high school’ (Watch)

Charlize Theron may have been in for a night of celebration at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event where she was an honoree, but that didn’t prevent her from speaking about serious subjects on the red carpet.

After posing with Lady Gaga (“Yes, I’m a total fangirl. And also just because my kids love her so much; I have just scored such cool points.”), Theron took a moment to talk #MeToo and how the movement has changed Hollywood.

“I feel like for me the most important thing is that it’s pretty impossible to go anywhere and not have people talk about this,” she told Variety‘s Marc Malkin at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Monday. “And that conversation — I feel like with any issue, if you can’t keep the conversation going, it’s impossible to sustain any momentum.”

She elaborated on the effect of Time’s Up and #MeToo, explaining that for the first time, inappropriate conduct at the highest levels is starting to have consequences.

“I think we’ve lived in a world where women have been so let down for so many years; in a very unhealthy way, we’ve almost gotten used to it,” the “Atomic Blonde” actress said. “So to see some accountability for some of the actions that are just deplorable, is…it feels like we are finally being heard and that things aren’t being brushed under the rug anymore. These are civil rights, this is just something that should have already been and we should have been done with.”

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One historic moment that took place in the context of the #MeToo movement was Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process. Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her memories of the alleged assault — testimony that President Donald Trump went on to mock during a rally in Mississippi.

Theron had some strong words condemning the president’s actions, which she said made her feel “extreme sadness.”

“Extreme sadness because I can’t imagine if that was his daughter, how he would feel if somebody did that,” Theron said. “And I think sometimes it’s really hard for people to put themselves in that person’s shoes, and I don’t know why, it’s just plain empathy.”

“You don’t have to agree with her,” she continued, “but you don’t have to belittle her, you don’t have to do that. For me, it’s worse than high school to see an adult do that. Especially the leader of the free world. It’s sad.”

On a more empowering note, Theron also praised Amblin Entertainment co-founder and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, who was presenting Theron with her Elle honor.

“One person who’s here tonight who’s giving me the award, Kathleen Kennedy, is just a woman that I am just in awe of,” Theron said. “For her to have an over 35, 40-year-old career span and what she’s done, it just makes me feel like anything is possible. And I love having mentors like that in my life.”

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Charlize Theron, Sean Pennn and Jackson Theron (2ndR) is seen at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc day 3 of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Charlize Theron, Sean Pennn and Jackson Theron (2nd R) is seen at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc day 3 of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/GC Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 11: Charlize Theron and son Jackson get dinner at the Polo Bar on MAY 11, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Actress Charlize Theron and her son Jackson arrive at the Nice airport ahead the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images,)
NEW YORK - MAY 11: Charlize Theron and son Jackson get dinner at the Polo Bar on MAY 11, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Charlize Theron and Jackson Theron are seen in Midtown on May 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor Ari Emanuel, actress Charlize Theron and Jackson Theron attend the Points of Light generationOn Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for generationOn)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Jackson Theron, Charlize Theron and Sean Penn attend the generationOn West Coast Block Party held at Fox Studio Lot on April 18, 2015 in Century City, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Jackson Theron, actress Charlize Theron and actor Sean Penn attend the Points of Light generationOn Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for generationOn)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Jackson Theron, Charlize Theron and Sean Penn attend the generationOn West Coast Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 06: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron are seen on August 06, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 06: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron are seen on August 06, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Charlize Theron, Sean Penn and Jackson Theron attend the generationOn West Coast Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron sighting on January 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 24: Charlize Theron is seen with her son Jackson Theron on March 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 24: Charlize Theron is seen with her son Jackson Theron on March 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 16: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron are seen arriving at Logan International Airport on March 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 16: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron are seen arriving at Logan International Airport on March 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: Charlize Theron is seen with her son Jackson Theron on March 03, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 23: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Charlize Theron and her adopted son, Jackson, in Green Point on November 23, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. The actress is in Cape Town to shoot the final scenes for the Australian blockbuster 'Mad Max 4: Fury Road'. (Photo by Nasief Manie / Foto24 / Gallo Images / Getty Images )
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Charlize Theron is seen with her son Jackson Theron and mother Gerda Maritz on March 02, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
MADRID, MADRID - MAY 17: Charlize Theron and her baby Jackson Theron are seen leaving 'Casa Lucio' restaurant on May 17, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press via Getty Images)
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