Charlize Theron has ’empathy’ for Megyn Kelly after Roger Ailes film


Megyn Kelly isn’t buying Bill O’Reilly’s claim that no one complained about his behavior, because she says she did but was ignored. Veuer’s Nathan Rousseau Smith (@FantasticMrNate) reports.

Although Megyn Kelly has stayed out of the spotlight following her NBC departure, Charlize Theron is shining a light on Kelly with her latest role.

Theron is taking on the task of playing Kelly in director Jay Roach’s untitled upcoming film about former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes’ and the sexual assault and harassment allegations leveled against him. Ailes died in 2017 at age 77, nearly a year after stepping down from Fox News.  

After becoming Kelly in the movie, Theron told Variety she started to understand just how difficult the former Fox News anchor’s situation with Ailes was.

“I didn’t know how complicated her situation was and I think for a lot of people, they didn’t understand why she didn’t just speak up,” Theron said Saturday night at the South by Southwest premiere of “Long Shot.” “She was in a complicated place and as a human being, I have empathy for that. I don’t think a lot of people truly understood that.”

Theron also admitted that she hadn’t met Kelly prior to or during filming.

“I think it’s important for us to tell the story from afar and I think it’s hard for me as an actor to have perspective,” she said to Variety. “It could get emotional, but other people on our crew” met her, she said.

In the film, John Lithgow is set to play Ailes, while Nicole Kidman is acting as Gretchen Carlson, who also accused Ailes of sexual harassment. Margot Robbie will take on the role of news producer Kayla Pospisil, a Fox News associate producer invented for the movie. 

Following Carlson’s claims against the ousted Fox News chief, Kelly told Fox News she had also been subject to sexual harassment at the hands of her boss earlier in her career, including in incident where he tried to grab her repeatedly and kiss her on the lips.

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