Theron portrayed Wuornos in 2003’s Monster (directed by future Wonder Woman helmer Patty Jenkins), giving a performance that the Academy deemed worthy of a Best Actress statuette. She thanked a lot of people in her acceptance speech, but perhaps chief among them was the film’s talented makeup artist, Toni G. “She’s got this beautiful face, but she’s a very brave woman, because you’ve got to have the weight in order for the jowls to look right,” Toni G said (via The Makeup Gallery).
Theron gained 30lbs in weight for the role, but allowing herself to become a little out of shape still didn’t change the fact that her face was flawless. “We had all those things together but she still had this creamy, poreless, gorgeous skin,” Toni G added. “With makeup, I had to create the years of abuse to her skin — all the freckles and capillaries and sun damage — either through hand-painting or working with an airbrush.”