The "Atomic Blonde" actress reflected on her history with hand-to-hand combat in the new issue of W Magazine. Though her new movie sees her kicking some serious ass, there's one fight from her on-screen past that stood out above the rest.
"2 Days in the Valley. Rotten Tomatoes gave it number 17 on the list of 20 Greatest Fight Scenes Ever," she explained. "The fight was between me and Teri Hatcher. I hit her really bad."
"I think she was bruised. And because it was Teri Hatcher, who was a star, and I was this bleached-blonde-Amazonian, catsuit-wearing nobody who was punching her in the face, I was like a wild animal," Theron said. "Back then I didn't know how to hone in my energy and I was knocking over lights. I had no concept of a set. I connected right with Teri Hatcher's face. I felt terrible about it. I had no money and sent her some cheap beer the next day. Sorry, Teri."
Aside from the scripted altercation with the "Desperate Housewives" star, Theron said she "had only connected my fist with a girl's face once in my entire life."
"I was working in Milan as a model, and this girl got very aggressive with me at a bar," Theron explained. "She pushed me and started talking smack, and that was it. My body just took over, and I thought, 'I didn't just do that, did I?'"
Charlize also addressed going to the dark side for some of her recent film roles, including "The Fate of the Furious" and "Snow White and the Huntsman."
"Look, I've always been fascinated by abhorrent behavior. I have a real interest in why people do horrible things," she said. "I read a lot of books and am fascinated by whether deviant behavior is caused by nature or nurture. There's a part of me that wants to understand that darkness, but I can't really understand it. So, it is cathartic to play a character who is evil. It's a free pass for your soul: Nothing bad is going to happen, and you can explore what it would be like to be in that skin."