Charlize Theron said that women in the entertainment industry need to “motivate each other to continue using our voices and platforms for something greater than ourselves”.
The Hollywood actress was presented with the Sherry Lansing leadership award at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment event on Wednesday.
Theron said she sees the award “not as a sign of achievement but as a challenge to keep getting the job done” and urged other women to “hold each other accountable.”
She was presented with the award by her friend, comedian and actor Seth Rogen.
In her acceptance speech, she told attendees that leadership “is not a one man’s game, especially for women” and that a sense of community is needed.
“I was looking out and I saw an entire room filled with some of the most powerful women in the world who showed up this morning to help make a little change. You know, it means something when many women agree to attend the gorgeous red carpet at 8 a.m. on a Wednesday,” she said.
“I want us to hold each other accountable, treat each other like resources, and push each other to continue using our voices and platforms for something bigger than ourselves.
She added: “I guess all of this means that leadership is not a one person game, especially for women.
“We need community, not only to build each other up but to help pass on power to the next generation of great women who will surely be here one day, let us know. how they tackled the climate crisis or how they became the first (female) US presidents.
“We all want that or we wouldn’t be here today.”
Theron added that alongside a successful production and acting career, she also finds great joy in philanthropic work with her foundation, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP).
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“I see this leadership award not as a token of achievement, but as a challenge to keep getting work done,” she said.
“I see that being done today here, with the awarding of scholarships, young people I know are definitely going to use that to make big waves in their communities.”
US actress Issa Rae has been recognized with the Entertainment Equity Award, given to an individual who amplifies the voices of underrepresented communities in the entertainment industry.
The Hollywood Reporter Women in Entertainment event takes place at the Fairmont Century Plaza hotel on Wednesday night.
Other famous female faces in attendance included Margot Robbie, Jamie Lee Curtis, Carey Mulligan and Janelle Monae.
Brooklyn Beckham was also photographed at the event, accompanied by his wife, Nicola Peltz Beckham.
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