James Franco (the “I’m a little gay” guy) interviews Charlize Theron for the Summer Hollywood issue of V Magazine #101, and the actress sounds off about the way women are treated. “It’s brutal when you think of the truth of what we face in society, what it means for a woman versus what it means for a man,” she said. “What we, especially women, consider to be our strengths and to be our weaknesses. That aging is a weakness, that we think of it that way. Yet, it’s when we’re at our wisest. We’ve experienced everything and we should be considering ourselves the richest. We live in a society where women are treated like wilted flowers. They used to be pretty, but now they’re just kind of wilting. The guy is like a fine bottle of wine. He just gets better and better with age. It became very real, the vanity of it all. That we are all animals of our circumstance. If you are raised to believe that your power is only good for as long as you’re beautiful, then that’s what you’re going to believe.”
You can read the full interview when V Magazine hits stands on May 5.
Photography by Collier Schorr