Charlize Theron is proud that her “psychopathic” character in F9 pushes boundaries

Charlize Theron has fully embraced playing her "psychopathic" Fast & Furious character for a very important reason. The Oscar winner spoke about why reprising her role as Cipher in F9 has been a welcome change in her career. "This franchise allowed for me to come in and push beyond boundaries," Charlize explained at the movie's premiere on June 18. "Playing a character like Cipher, it allows for you to really go wild with it." She went on to say F9 "allowed for me to be as crazy and as psychopathic as possible," noting, "Usually people don't allow me to do that. I have to fight for that. But they were like, 'Yes! Just the more crazy you can be, fantastic!'" But she said she feels like there's a "revelation" in Hollywood when it comes to "complicated female characters" taking center stage in newer action films – even if they're "hard and abrasive" leading ladies. "I feel like that's come alive during my career. I feel like in the last 10 years, we [have become] fascinated by women being complicated," she reflected. "So I feel lucky that I'm part of this change... because it wasn't that way when I started."