Here's How Tall Charlize Theron Really Is

Charlize Theron is one of Hollywood's most adaptable stars. Over the course of her career, the actress has undergone serious transformations to become an array of vastly different characters. From real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster" to Furiosa in "Mad Max: Fury Road," Theron is no stranger to going all-in for certain parts.

Most recently, the actress stunned audiences with her uncanny portrayal of Megyn Kelly for the 2019 film "Bombshell." Here, Theron would undergo three hours in the make-up chair to achieve Kelly's look, which involved a lot of prosthetics. "She didn't want to see herself in the mirror," prosthetist and artist Kazu Hiro told HuffPost. "It was really important to her to have the likeness of Megyn, to help herself and help others really get into the story," he added. 

While hard to tell on screen, Kelly and Theron's height also helped sell the transformation to audiences. Well, kind of.

Charlize Theron is actually quite a bit taller than Megyn Kelly

In actuality, Charlize Theron is four inches taller than Megyn Kelly. According to Celeb Heights, Kelly stands at 5 feet 6 inches tall, while Theron stands at around 5 feet 10 inches (via Dimensions). But seeing as the majority of audiences would have been used to Kelly behind a desk or standing alone while presenting, this height difference probably went unnoticed — especially since Theron's transformation into the former Fox News anchor led the film's lawyers to add a disclaimer to the beginning of "Bombshell."

According to the film's director Jay Roach (via Insider), they had to specify that any non-archival footage featured in the movie was actually an actor and not the person they were portraying. It even got to the point on set where Theron's co-star Nicole Kidman didn't even recognize the actress. "She walked by me at one point and I thought she was mad at me," Theron told Entertainment Tonight, adding, "She just came up to me and she was like 'Charlize?' and then I said, 'Yes, are you mad at me?' She said, 'No, I just didn't know it was you!'"