I didn’t just want to play a girly spy who depends on her flirty ways. It would be so boring to just be ‘the girl’ and wait for the guys to come in when there’s a fight. Instead, I thought about Atomic Blonde the way I imagine men think about parts in action films. I was intrigued and challenged.

Charlize Theron photographed by Alasdair McLellan for W Magazine August 2017 Issue


My treatment for the video was: “I have this sexually confused Edward Scissorhands character who buys into his own self-constructed mythology.” That’s what it’s about, the idea of when the rock star kind of buys into his own thing. I wanted to make a video about that.