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Charlize Theron gets candid about her personal life.
The actress, 47, spoke to Harper’s Bazaar for their October cover issue, all about parenting, navigating the dating world and her experience after 25 years in Hollywood.
“I feel like I’m in a place where it is what it is,” Theron said of her career. “Working more I don’t think will change my level of fame. It’s just always been a mediocre ride. I’ve never been one of those people who’s on a Kim Kardashian level. But I feel like it’s just always been this thing.”
Theron grew up on a farm in South Africa, just outside Johannesburg. At the age of 16 she came to America to start a career in modeling which was the jump start of her career.
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“I didn’t grow up in America,” Theron said, “so I find myself always trying to keep my head above water with the school system and the exams, because it’s unknown to me. My education was just so different from what my kids are doing.” in America. And so there are a lot of bells and whistles that come with parenting that I didn’t grow up with.”
The ‘Mad Max’ star shared what Hollywood was like when she started her career, saying she had to be ‘loud’ to be noticed.
“The majority of my 20’s and 30’s, and just the way I was raised, was really bad… it was a time when you had to be a loud b-ch just to find some space in the room,” she said. . “I don’t necessarily enjoy being that person, but there was definitely a time in my life when that was the only way I knew how to function.”
In addition to being a devoted single mother to her two daughters: Jackson, August 10 and 7, for the past ten years, she has found a balance in raising her children and balancing her career. The actress “Monster” adopted her two children.
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“It’s so all-consuming,” she said. “There are times with my kids where, yes, I’m in the car and they’re in the back and I get pulled over because I don’t want to lose a call. But I love it. I don’t think I could do it if I didn’t like it.”
Theron launched her production company, Denver & Delilah, in 2003. “Not having control over what you wear is a big thing that really bugged me f-king for years,” she said of her career before launching her company.
“When a guy makes you have a fitting almost in front of them — stuff like that, it’s really disparaging. When I started, there was no conversation around it. It was like, ‘This is what you’re wearing.’ And I remember one movie in particular, this male director who just kept bringing me in, pass after pass after pass after… And it was just so obvious it had to do with my sexuality and how f-cable they could get me making in the movie. And when I started out, that was kind of the norm,” Theron explained.
Making a change in the entertainment industry was not something the longtime actress took lightly.
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“There’s a natural struggle in me to want to create environments that feel like the things I wished I had 30 years ago when I started,” she said. “The Old Guard,” which Theron produced, had a cast and crew that were 85 percent female, and she noted that she’s proud of it.
“I don’t always get it right,” Theron said of her role as producer, “but I’m very aware of looking at the big picture and saying, ‘Is this really the best we can do?'”
In addition to being a single mom and balancing her career in Hollywood, she has also found the time to be a devoted fan of the reality show ‘The Real Housewives’.
“I always tell my kids, ‘Just diversify a little,’ and my little one will say, ‘Are you looking at the housewives again?’ And I say, ‘Yes, I am… We’ll look at Fellini later,'” she said.
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The ‘Bombshell’ actress, who has been a single mother for the past ten years, said she is currently single and has no plans to ever get married.
“During COVID, someone was interested in doing this with me,” she said. “It was just a deep dive into a relationship. And I was like, I don’t know if I want that… I just feel so out of the loop.”