Madison June 2012 interview

It’s sunset at the Bel Air Bay Club, a private beach enclave atop a Pacific Palisades bluff with stunning views of the ocean, and Charlize Theron is ready to wind down. As she sinks into an oversized leather club chair, the 36-year-old star, widely regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful women, takes in the view and can’t help but smile. “God, that’s incredible,” she says, looking out the large windows with uninterrupted views of Santa Monica and Malibu. “You gotta be happy when you look at that, right?”

Theron has every reason to be smiling right now. Her career is white-hot, with a key role in Ridley Scott’s hugely anticipated sci-fi epic Prometheus (out now) and the imminent release of big-budget fantasy Snow White and The Huntsman, in which she plays the evil queen. And in her private life, Theron recently adopted a baby boy named Jackson. It was a long-held dream come true; soon after the adoption, Theron recalled a letter she’d written when she was 8 years old: “My mother found [it],” she revealed. “It said, ‘Would you please take me to orphanage, so that I can go and adopt a baby?’ I always knew I would adopt – always.”