When discussing being an ace action heroine of this era, Charlize Theron pays homage to a past queen of the genre.

“The first time I saw Sigourney Weaver play Ripley (in the ‘Alien’ franchise), it changed everything for me,” Theron said in a retrospective panel Friday at the virtual Comic-Con@Home. “It was like the world opened up and the possibilities were just endless. The amount of intelligence she brought to that role, she was completely in command of that, but it wasn’t forced and it wasn’t acted. It was just lived.”

The Oscar-winning actress looked back on her career in action movies including “Aeon Flux,” “Mad Max: Fury Road” and her latest effort, Netflix’s “The Old Guard.” She’s proud of what she’s accomplished in the space but also realizes “there’s a responsibility to hand that baton over, to keep that door open (for others). It’s not just about you,” Theron said.

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