Over the last few years, Roger Ailes sexual misconduct while heading up Fox News has been revealed. The controversy was ripe for television and Russell Crowe played the media mogul in Showtime’s The Loudest Voice.
There is also an upcoming film adaptation about Fox News called Bombshell. Charlize Theron will be portraying Megyn Kelly in the movie. The South African actress said it took her a while to be able to defend Kelly and said repeating the journalist’s white Santa line was particularly difficult.
In December of 2013, Kelly discussed a story that said Santa Claus should not be a white man anymore. She told her audience, “When I saw this headline, I kind of laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is so ridiculous.’ Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa. And, by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white.”
This moment will be shown in the film. The New York Times Kyle Buchanan, recently asked Theron, “I would imagine that as the mother of two black children, you didn’t relish re-enacting her ‘Santa is white’ segment?” The actress replied, “Thank you! Yeah, that was hard for me.”
Theron also said it took her quite a while to get into character. She told the New York Times, “In a weird way, the judgment [Megyn] gets from a lot of people, I felt on me a little bit. But up until four weeks into shooting, I was still grappling with who she was as a person, and it wasn’t until I really zeroed in on that year and a half of the story that I could actually defend her.”
You can read the full interview here.