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In the corner of a drawing room in an extravagant London apartment, Charlize Theron is missing home. She’s been working away from Los Angeles for four months, traveling with her family—two kids and her mom—and she’s ready for a good night’s sleep in her own bed. But such is the nature of her unpredictable life: “I am not a planner,” Theron says, proudly. “I love that I work in an industry where something can come tomorrow and change the next six months of my life and make me think about things that I would never have explored on my own, and all of a sudden”—her eyes widen with enthusiasm—“you’re reading about shit you would never have been interested in before.”
For Theron, the last six months have been a doozy. Her life is not just the typical hopscotch of an actor’s existence; it’s the unforgiving schedule of an actor-producer-philanthropist. And not an actor-producer-philanthropist in the way that everyone claims to be one these days, but for real: The woman has three full-time jobs. Right now, for example, she’s promoting Bombshell, a movie about the Roger Ailes scandal at Fox News, in which she stars as anchor Megyn Kelly. The film is the 15th project from her production company, Denver and Delilah. While figuring out how to inhabit the character of a controversial personality, Theron was also trying to avert crisis. Two weeks before shooting, the movie’s financiers pulled out. Theron, accustomed to her dual existence of lead actor and backstage operator, leaped into action and made “a lot of phone calls.” By all accounts, Theron rescued the movie, but she underplays it. “I think it was just pure panic,” she says now.
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Charlize Theron likes the darkness. It calls to her. It’s a place where she’s come to feel comfortable over the years, thanks to her ferocious, starkly nuanced performances as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster (for which Theron won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2004), Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: FuryRoad, the wicked queen Ravenna in Snow White & the Huntsman, and the icily lethal MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton in Atomic Blonde. So if you’re surprised to learn that she’s playing the romantic lead in the latest Seth Rogen rom-com, Long Shot, you’re not alone. “I never thought I would be in a rom-com,” says Theron, laughing. “I don’t think I would know how to do justice to a straightforward rom-com.”
We’re at Milk Studios in Hollywood, where Theron, 43, has just finished her cover shoot for Marie Claire. Dressed in an aqua wool crew-neck sweater, long caramel-colored palazzo pants, and shearling-lined Birkenstocks, she looks casual but also decidedly regal, with her sable hair cropped in a pageboy and green eyes sizzling in the afternoon light. Theron was a serious ballet dancer in her teens, and you can see it in her straight-backed posture, with her shoulders thrust back and chin held high. She’s reserved at first but grows increasingly warm as our conversation progresses. You get the sense that Theron would be a great person to be friends with—and a terrible person to cross.
Charlize Theron is one of the world’s most recognised actresses. She is known for being a strong, confident woman. An actress, businesswoman, philanthropist and mum, her life is far from quiet. A strong-minded woman, Theron left her home country of South Africa at the age of 19 to pursue an acting career in Los Angeles. With a one-way plane ticket bought for her by her mother, Theron had no idea what to expect. After several months of auditions she managed to secure a role in an upcoming movie as a supporting actress in “2 Days in the Valley”. Luckily for Theron the film was met with great reviews and she went on to secure larger roles with her success quickly growing.
To date, she has starred in dozens of Hollywood movies including “Monster”, for which she won an Academy Award in 2003, “Mighty Joe Young”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “Atomic Blonde” and most recently, the 2017 film “Tully”. As well as being an internationally recognised actress, Theron has her own production company which has created many films including: “The Burning Plain”and “Dark Places”, which she also starred in.
Theron is a single mum to two young adopted children, August and Jackson. She is also an activist and a charity worker. The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project was created in 2007 in an effort to support young African youths in the fight against disease. Theron is now an ambassador for a number of charities, many of which are helping young women in her home continent of Africa. In 2007 she was named a UN Messenger of Peace and she has spoken openly of her passion for the subject of women’s rights and equality.