Charlize Theron says she joined Arrested Development to save her career from Aeon Flux flop

Charlize Theron has revealed that her stint on Arrested Development likely saved her from Hollywood jail after her 2005 sci-fi action flick Aeon Flux flopped with critics and audiences.

“It was one of the scariest things, to walk onto a set of a show that’s so developed and so brilliant. But I think I needed that, to put myself out there in a different way, because people thought of me as someone who was f—ing depressing,” Theron recently told The Hollywood Reporter, discussing how she navigated the industry the year after her Oscar victory for 2003’s Monster.

She continued, “I just f—ing loved that show, and this is going to sound so ‘poor me,’ but I do feel like sometimes, as women, we get one shot, and I knew that [the 2005 action flick] Aeon Flux was going to be a f—ing flop. I knew it from the beginning. That’s why I did Arrested Development.”

The actress appeared as Michael Bluth’s (Jason Bateman) British love interest, Rita Leeds, in several episodes of the beloved Fox sitcom’s third season, which ran from 2005 to 2006 and crossed over with Aeon Flux‘s theatrical run.

Theron admitted that she fought “until the bitter end” to salvage director Karyn Kusama‘s adaptation of MTV’s 1991 animated TV series during its production, but she ultimately did not have “the answers for how” to fix it.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Rita (guest-star Charlize Theron); Charlize Theron in Aeon Flux

Isabella Vosmikova/FOX; Everett Collection Charlize Theron said she did ‘Arrested…

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