In 2001, Theron shared the screen with Keanu Reeves in the Warner Bros tearjerker Sweet November, and reunited with director Woody Allen in Curse of the Jade Scorpion.
In the fall of 2002 Miramax released Waking Up In Reno, which found Theron starring opposite Patrick Swayze, Natasha Richardson and Billy Bob Thornton. The feature Trapped, directed by Luis Mandoki, in which Charlize joined costars Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Pruitt Taylor Vince and Dakota Fanning was also released in the fall of 2002. In 2003, Theron illuminated screens everywhere in the exciting caper movie The Italian Job, co-starring with Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton.
Theron starred in the Sony Classics feature Head In The Clouds opposite Penelope Cruz and Stuart Townsend. Theron next enthralled audiences with her portrayal of actress Britt Ekland in HBO’s The Life And Death Of Peter Sellers opposite Geoffrey Rush, for which she received a Best Supporting Actress nomination from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Emmys.
She also starred in the Paramount action adventure Aeon Flux, based on the MTV animated series, joined Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton in The Italian Job and showed her lighter side with a guest-starring role in the acclaimed comedy series Arrested Development.