On Music: Charlize Theron, an Atomic Blonde Under Pressure

by Armando Gallo August 2, 2017
Actress and producer Charlize Theron, Golden Globe winner

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Golden Globe winner Charlize Theron is burning the world screens this month with an extraordinary performance in Atomic Blonde as a high-powered spy in Berlin at the end of the Cold War, in 1989. She produced the movie and was very hands-on on the brilliant soundtrack. How important is music in her acting world, we asked her:

“With this movie, there's a nostalgia about it.  I love the '80s.  I'm a child of the '80s so I love '80s music.  What was surprising to me as we were cutting the film and starting to put songs to it, a lot of the music from that time was really influenced by a lot of these political hot moments that were happening.  I always loved “Under Pressure”.  It's one of my favorite songs and there was something about it that to me, just musically, it felt like the spirit of the movie and I had absolutely no idea when we put the song in there that the song was actually written about the fall of the wall. And soon you realize that a lot of the of European '80s music that we use in the film is also highly influenced by the political climate at that time. It was great to actually do something that was timely and also actually helped the story.”