It’s Very Hard For People That Look Like Me, Charlize Theron. | Gradient

It’s Very Hard for People that Look Like Me, Charlize Theron.


Charlize Theron, in an interview with GQ (UK), grieves the particular challenges of being ludicrously good-looking. In her conversation, she states:

“Jobs with real gravitas go to people that are physically right for them and that’s the end of the story. How many roles are out there for the gorgeous, fucking, gown-wearing eight-foot model? When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”

Dive with me friends, deep, deep, into the ocean of white privilege. Bracing yourself to submerge yourself in the notion that a blonde, white woman revered for both her acting and her attractiveness has an especially tough time in Hollywood, is challenging. But, it must be done. (Don’t come up for air too quickly, because you may develop a nasty case of the bends, plus that’s not very #intersectional.)

Now that you have prepared body and mind for our expedition into the deep blue sea of white tears, and laid to temporary rest all the “gorgeous, gown-wearing” stunningly attractive women of color that will never receive Theron’s opportunities or acclaim, one can find a pearl of wisdom.

Sexism, sadly affects everyone, even those we’re not as quick to expect. Our collective struggle to treat women as intrinsically valuable, autonomously capable, and utterly necessary beyond their appearance and ability to bear children impacts us all. (It even corrupts men, says Laci Green.) And so, the otherwise beautiful and privileged and white are still forced to conform to rigid expectations based not on merit or worth, but on — forgive me for the loaded, racist phrase — classically beautiful looks. When Theron goes on to lament an industry “where women wilt and men age like fine wine” she points to a profound and discouraging reality for all women, even the gorgeous. The biased expectations placed on actresses like Theron to remain 29 eternally impacts their ability to be judged on more than their appearance. Being admired, but not gazed is what Theron wants. It’s what we all desire.

This quote is still hella privileged, tho.

New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Jason Russell”


Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “ Aharon Rabinowitz”


Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 040


United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?

New Pod Flow: Scribble & Jam, “Artist Matthew Perryman Jones”


Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.

If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.

To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit

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New Pod Flow: Sounds Good With Branden Harvey “Next Steps After the Presidential Election”


Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 039


Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.

This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.

New Pod Flow: Animalators, “Illo


Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy.  During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.

New Pod Flow: In Case You Missed It, Episode 038


This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.

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New Pod Flow: It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a Podcast: Doctor Strange


We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.