Charlize Theron wants to be a “damsel in distress”.

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The Hancock star has had enough of playing tough female characters and now wants to land a role which sees her being rescued.

Charlize – who injured herself playing an action hero in Aeon Flux – is quoted on gossip website as saying: “It is nice to play the hero but at the same time it’s nice to be a lady sometimes and be the stereotypical damsel in distress.

“I think every girl wants a hero to sweep them off their feet!”

The blonde beauty – who is in a long term relationship with Irish-born actor Stuart Townsend – recently admitted she isn’t as tough as she seems.

She revealed this was partly because of her boyfriend, explaining “Stuart made me softer.”

She added: “I am massively vulnerable, and for so long I just worked hard to cover that up. Stuart wasn’t scared to confront that. He is the one man who never worries about kicking me up the backside.”