Still, even she wasn't initially sure what to make of Mavis Gary, the monstrously self-absorbed teen-lit author who seems incapable of growing up, in "Young Adult." Which is precisely why she realized she had to take the role.
"As an actor, you want to be scared," says Theron. "You want something that makes you doubt if you can pull it off. Besides, I'm a bit ADD, so I think I'd hang myself in my trailer if it wasn't something that kept me on my toes."
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