Charlize Theron talks Kristen Stewart, taps into Rage
Charlize Theron is on a two-week break from her evil queen duties in "Snow White and the Huntsman," and is enjoying her time in glamorous, movie-star fashion -- playing video games.
"I'm a bit of a gamer," she told us at Friday night's launch party for the new game Rage, a first-person shooter from Bethesda Softworks. "Not too crazy, but I've been known to game."
Theron served as host for the launch, which staged a full takeover of Chinatown's historic Gin Ling Lane -- vendors, restaurants and booze joints all -- and featured a performance from the Black Keys.
Turning heads in a black tuxedo jacket and tiny cocktail dress, Theron paused to reflect on her current gig as Kristen Stewart's nemesis in the dark retelling of the fairy tale.
"I haven't gotten to work with [Kristen] yet ... it's mostly been me and my kingdom, alone, while everyone is out looking for her," she said. Production will resume in two weeks in London, where the pair will finally go head-to-head.
The Oscar winner has been making some interesting choices of late, departing from leading lady fare and catsuit-sporting action leads. In addition to her villainous turn in "Snow White," she'll portray an alcoholic writer of teen books in Jason Reitman's "Young Adult."
Penned by Diablo Cody and set for a holiday release, there's talk that Charlize could be an awards contender come January.
"More than anything, I wanted to work with Jason Reitman and I thought the material was really interesting. I try not to think about that stuff too much and just respond organically," she said.
Organically responding to the festivities on Gin Ling Lane was George Clooney's current girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, who arrived alone but found some pals to catch up with. Newly single "True Blood" werewolf Joe Manganiello was on the prowl, hanging with a male pal and saying hello to "Captain America" star Chris Evans.
"Wonder Woman" star Lynda Carter made an appearance, as did Seth Green, John Krasinski and Alessandra Ambrosio.
A Ministry shout-out to Topher Grace, who cut an impossibly long men's room line by obliging one of the gift shop vendors with a photo, getting him escorted into their private bathroom.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photos, from top: Charlize Theron at the official launch party for the Rage video game Friday; Joe Manganiello prowls Gin Ling Lane. Credits: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press; Jordan Strauss / Getty Images