Charlize Theron Clears Up Controversial 'Pretty People' Comments: I Never Meant to Sound 'Ungrateful'

04/14/2016 AT 02:30 PM EDT

Charlize Theron says she never intended to imply that her good looks are somehow a career liability.

The Oscar-winning actress found herself in the midst of controversy last week when her comments in British GQ's May issue seemed to indicate that she was frustrated about being denied roles because of her beauty.

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

However, the 40-year-old star clarified the comments this week, calling the remarks "such an incredible misquote."



"What I was really trying to say was [that] people always ask me: 'Why do you play so many characters that are deconstructed?' and my point with that was, 'How many characters really are there out there for a woman wearing a gown? You have to play real people," she told Access Hollywood at the premiere of The Huntsman: Winter's War.


"Context is everything, and if somebody doesn't really get that or it doesn't translate, people can really read that so wrongly," she said.

Theron memorably gained weight and wore a prosthetic nose to portray serial-killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, which earned her the Best Actress Oscar in 2004. She also shaved her head to portray fierce Imperator Furiosa in last year's hit film Mad Max: Fury Road.



The South African native further clarified her GQ quotes to Extra at The Huntsman: Winter's War premiere.

"I don't want to blame anybody. There is no blame," she said. "There was just maybe a huge misunderstanding. I've never really spoken in that way, the idea that I would ever say anything that made it sound like I was ungrateful for the career that I have today."

Theron went on to explain that her appearance did make some pause when she was breaking into the industry two decades ago.



"I have always been honest that when I was a model 20 years ago it was hard to walk into a room, and I had to prove myself in a way that today I don't – I'm so lucky that I'm in a place I don't have to," she said. "And I'm grateful for that too because it gives you character, and it makes you who you are and you don't want everything to kind of comes easy."

Meanwhile, Theron said enduring this latest controversy was anything but easy.

"Yeah, it was rough," she admitted.
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