Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie wow at Bombshell

Bombshells! Charlize Theron, Margot Robbie and Nicole Kidman exude glamor at premiere of film about the women who brought down Fox News’s Roger Ailes over sexual harrassment

  • Bombshell tells the story of a group of women who decide to take on late Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network
  • The film is a dramatisation of the sexual harassment scandal that led to his 2016 ousting 
  • Theron has said she did not want ‘politics’ to overshadow this movie, which is about sexual harassment in the workplace 
  • Charlize plays anchor Megyn Kelly and said: ‘I mean, listen, [Kelly] has made comments that have rubbed me the wrong way and some of them have actually upset me. We have different views on a lot of stuff’
  • Kelly jumped ship from Fox News to NBC in 2017, before she parted ways with the network following a controversy over ‘blackface’ comments 
  • Anchor Megyn has said Ailes sexually harassed her at the start of her career at Fox but that she initially did not recognize she was being harassed 
  • Nicole plays Gretchen Carlson who settled for $20m with Fox after she sued Ailes for sexual harrassment

Leading ladies, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie graced the carpet of movie Bombshell’s LA premiere on Tuesday, which was held at the Regency theatre. 

Bombshell is a political movie about a group of women decide to take on Fox News head Roger Ailes and the toxic atmosphere he presided over at the network and sexual harassment in the workplace and these strong female leads were the perfect choice for the film. 

Academy Award-winning actress Charlize lead the carpet, wearing a black Dior dress as she struck a bold stance after talking at length about why this film is so important. 

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A-listers: Charlize Theron pulled out all the stops in a very sexy black LBD as she joined her co-stars Margot Robbie (centre) and Nicole Kidman at the Bombshell premiere held at the Regency Theatre in LA on Tuesday night 


Role: Charlize, (left) plays former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly in the film  – Kelly jumped ship from Fox News to NBC in 2017, before she parted ways with the network following a controversy over her comments about ‘blackface’

Theron said in a recent press conference that she was concerned that politics could overshadow the message in the movie, which is about sexual harassment in the workplace. 

She plays former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who claims boss Ailes sexually harassed her at the start of her career at Fox but that she initially did not recognize she was being harassed. 

Charlize said during a Washington screening of the film: ‘There was an interesting feeling, I think, for all of us with the fact that the real story, the real narrative was that Megyn [Kelly], at that time, was part of the debates and was going through what was a very well-known debate session with [President] Trump.’ 

Strong female leads: The Academy Award winner was joined by her castmates Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie who want to tell this important story about the toxic atmosphere surrounding women at FOX under Ailes’s leadership

Standing up for what they believe in: Margot plays Kayla Pospisil and Nicole plays Gretchen Carlson in the timely movie  

‘The strange thing was that the story itself kind of dictated to us that that had to be in the movie, and yet at the same time, I think we were all somewhat concerned that we didn’t want the politics to overshadow what the movie really was about. But the politics really fed into the story.’

The movie is a dramatisation of the sexual harassment scandal that led to the 2016 ousting of late Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.

She continued: ‘We were really concerned because we didn’t want this to be a political film. This was a film about sexual harassment. 

‘This was a film about women not feeling safe in their workspace and not having that equal right to be able to go to work, to be ambitious, to have every other quality that men have in their workspace and not to not have that be turned as a negative against them.

Charlize said she had to put some of her own personal feelings to one side to play Kelly. She said: ‘I mean, listen, [Kelly] has made comments that have rubbed me the wrong way and some of them have actually upset me. We have different views’

Power woman: Charlize stunned in her custom Christian Dior number as she arrived at the premiere


Theron continued: ‘The great thing about when you take on a job as an actor is that the only way to kind of do this job in any capacity whatsoever is you have to be able to remove yourself, your own personal feelings from a lot of that stuff and come at it from an empathetic place’

Fan favorite: The South African stunner signed autographs while hobnobbing with fans and photographers 

‘What are we really aiming to tell? Even if we don’t agree with Fox News or where your politics land, this is a nonpartisan issue. This shouldn’t be something that should be politicized,” Theron said. 

Charlize said she had to put some of her own personal feelings to one side to play Kelly. 

She said: ‘I mean, listen, [Kelly] has made comments that have rubbed me the wrong way and some of them have actually upset me. We have different views on a lot of stuff.

Theron continued: ‘The great thing about when you take on a job as an actor is that the only way to kind of do this job in any capacity whatsoever is you have to be able to remove yourself, your own personal feelings from a lot of that stuff and come at it from an empathetic place.’ 

Kelly jumped ship from Fox News to NBC in 2017, before she parted ways with the network following a controversy over her comments during a Halloween costume panel in which she said that wearing blackface was ‘OK as long as you dressed up as a character.’  


Important role: Margot Robbie plays fictional character, Kayla Pospisil, a figure who serves as a stand-in for young women who didn’t feel safe enough to tell their story

Beauty: Margot didn’t need much makeup, playing up her naturally good looks with a hint of blush and rosy lips

Speaking at Business Insider’s IGNITION conference in New York, Kelly said of Ailes in 2016: ‘;He was always bawdy and had an inappropriate sense of humor. 

‘The harassment that I went through wasn’t obviously harassment in the beginning,’ noting that it got ‘worse and worse’ so that she ‘couldn’t deny it.’  

She said: ‘It was explicit quid pro quo sexual harassment, which was basically: “You sleep with me, and I’ll give you a promotion”.’  

Besides an LBD-wearing Charlize was the incomparable Margot Robbie, who plays fictional character, Kayla Pospisil, a figure who serves as a stand-in for young women who didn’t feel safe enough to tell their story. 

She wore a lilac Giambattista Valli ensemble which was tied together with a floral sash. 

Well suited: Nicole Kidman plays retired Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in the project and looked sharp in a dazzling Saint Laurent suit with angular shoulders and a skinny silk tie

Leading ladies: Kidman and Theron teamed up for a photo together at the premiere


The smart way: Nicole’s character Gretchen (right) settled with FOX for $20million in 2016 

Cast of characters: John Lithgow, Charles Randolph, Nicole, Margot, Charlize and Jay Roach are seen above

Fellow star Nicole Kidman made a strong statement, choosing to suit up to attend the premiere about women who stand up for themselves in a male dominated industry. 

She looked sharp in a dazzling Saint Laurent suit with angular shoulders and a skinny tie. Her jacket was covered with a glimmering grid. Meanwhile silken lapels and slim pleat-front trousers offset her couture jacket’s shape.

Nicole, plays retired Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in the project.

The real life Gretchen spoke out after watching the movie’s trailer and said: ‘Yeah. It’s a strange and frustrating reality that I can’t partake in any of these projects based on my settlement’

‘It’s why I’m working so hard on Capitol Hill so that nobody else has to be handcuffed anymore. And I’m trying to pass the bill to take the muzzle off of women who face harassment in the workplace so that they’re not forced into signing NDAs and have to go to the secret chamber of arbitration where nobody ever knows what the hell happened to them. 

Co-stars: John Lithgow, who plays Fox chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, had on a plaid blazer. He posed with Brianna Barnes, who wore a green skirt with a gold sequined blouse. She plays an executive at Fox in the film


Taking on the role: Ailes (left), passed away May 2017 (pictured in 2015) and Lithgow (right) in character as the late FOX news boss 


Character: Connie Britton, who portrays Ailes’ wife Beth, put on a leggy display in a short yellow dress adorned with massive flowers 

‘It’s frustrating cause I can say, “Hey wait a minute, you know, that was my life!” But the trailer got a tremendous amount of attention and for me, that’s what this is all about. In the end, I can’t participate, but it’s all about continuing the dialogue.’

She settled with FOX for $20million in 2016 and the network offered her an unprecedented apology after she sued Ailes for sexual harrassment. 

John Lithgow, who plays the Fox chairman and CEO Roger Ailes himself, looked dapper in a dark plaid blazer with a midnight blue shirt after his appearance was transformed with prosthetics to take on the role.  

Complementary: Actor and filmmaker Mark Duplass looked smart in a charcoal suit, while his wife, actress Kate Aselton, complemented him in an elegant silver dress. Mark played the husband of Kelly (Charlize Theron)


Back in black: Alyssa Milano stunned in a black dress that appeared to be covered in floral stitching. The off-the-shoulder look highlighted her cleavage and her fit arms

Sparkler: Twilight’s Ashley Greene looked chic in black sequined slacks and a white shirt left unbuttoned over her chest

Lovebirds: The actress shared a passionate kiss with her husband Paul Khoury, who wore a simple black suit



Monochrome: The Good Place’s D’Arcy Carden wore a revealing black crop top under a jacket. Liv Hewson looked classy in a glittering pin-striped tuxedo. Thora Birch opted for a plain black overcoat with a pair of glittering pants and blue heels

He posed on the red carpet with Brianna Barnes, who plays a Fox executive in the film. She sparkled in a gold sequined blouse, which she paired with a green skirt. 

Connie Britton, who portrays Ailes’ wife Beth, put on a leggy display in a short yellow dress adorned with massive flowers.

Mark Duplass played Douglas Brunt, the husband of Megyn Kelley (Charlize Theron). He looked smart in a charcoal suit, while his wife, actress Kate Aselton, complemented him in an elegant silver dress.

Mother–daughter act: Rosanna Arquette paired a black peacoat with leather pants and a fedora. Her daughter Zoë Bleu Sidel was dressed in a gorgeous floral print teal dress

Bombshell style: Crispin Glover stuck with a double-breasted black suit with a bright blue tie. His date, adult model Mosh, wore a black halter dress covered in swirling green plant designs


Glowing: Elisabeth Rohm stunned in a pale pink sequined dress, while filmmaker Maria Cardenas glowed in a sheer beige bodysuit with a low-cut top

Revealing: Actress Victoria Profeta looked elegant in a black jumpsuit with wide pants and one shoulder exposed

Double trouble:  Twins Sedona and London Fuller took turns playing Megyn Kelly’s daughter. They brightened up their matching tuxedos with red lapels and shiny flats

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