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Charlize Theron is back and badder than ever in "The Huntsman: Winter's War" as the evil Queen Ravenna, but as she told TODAY, the atmosphere on the set with co-stars Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain was anything but chilly.
For one thing, it's not hard to work alongside Hemsworth, who plays the title Huntsman (a role he, like Theron, is reprising from 2012's "Snow White and the Huntsman"). "He is pretty," said Theron. "I'm not gonna lie, that boy is pretty."
Theron also had to deal with a different kind of crush situation, this time with her 4-year-old boy, who fell hard for Blunt's Queen Freya. "He thinks she's the most beautiful girl he's ever seen in his life, which is just crushing," said Theron. "But at least it's someone that I love and respect, so I can deal with it a little bit better."
She laughed, "When I drive him to school, it's always the same poster [he sees]. He's like, 'Look, Mom, it's Emily.' And I'm like, 'And your mother is right next to her!'"
Theron may get dunned in the press for being outspoken at times, but she's an actress who's not afraid to speak up: For this role she re-negotiated her contract so that she and Hemsworth were being paid equally. And fairness is important to her, she says.
"We should be valued just as much as our counter-partners who we work with just as hard," she said. "We're 50 percent of the population. Where is our place? Where is our value? We bring half of it to the table. We have to start being valued that way."
Talk about a royal decree!
"The Huntsman: Winter's War" opens in theaters on Friday, April 22.
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