Charlize Theron has said she is nothing like the dark and serious roles she plays.
The South African actress, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, will soon be seen on screen as the Evil Queen in Snow White And The Huntsman.
"I think a lot of people have an assumption that because my work is sometimes very dark and heavy, that is who I am, but that is so not me," she told the Daily Mirror.
"The first thing directors always tell me is, 'Wow, I had no idea that you were actually not dark and heavy and that you have a sense of humour', which I always find so ironic. I think of myself as having a pretty twisted sense of humour."
The star, 36, who started out as a ballet dancer and model, also revealed she's grateful for the luxuries her career has afforded her.
"There's not a day goes by that I don't understand how fortunate I am and how many actors have to struggle because it's their survival," she added.
"To be in a position where I can take three years off is such a luxury that I'm incredibly grateful for."