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In the Hollywood film industry, Charlize Theron is a famous actress and the most celebrated star of the Star Wars film franchise. She is best known for her roles in films like ‘Monster,’, ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ ‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘The Fate of the Furious,’ and ‘Atomic Blonde.’

But her journey to fame for Charlize Theron is filled with twists and turns. Overcoming most of her difficult childhood and life, she focused on her career full of challenging roles that needed some transformations. 

No matter whether it was romances, dramas, and high-intensity action films, she made sure to nail it all. Read on to learn more about her life. 

Who is Charlize Theron? 

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Charlize South African, American actress, and producer. She is also one of the world’s highest-paid actresses who has won most Academy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award.

Getting success is harder. And so Charlize Theron also found it hard to achieve it. She is an academy award-winning actress and is much appreciated for her acting skills. She is known for her attractive personality and her beauty. 

She is well-recognized for her characters The Cider House Rules, ‘Monster’, and ‘The Devil’s Advocate. She is very dedicated to her profession. 

The early life of Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron was born on August 7, 1975, in rural Benoni, South Africa. She was born to the co-owners of a road construction company, Charles and Gerda, an Afrikaans-speaking family. They lived on a working farm outside of Johannesburg. Her childhood chores involved livestock. 

Theron in her early life had a passion for dance and she began ballet lessons at age six. Her parents encouraged her talent and she was sent to a Johannesburg boarding school to study dance at the age of 12. 

Although she was involved in livestock and dances, she was living in an unhappy household. Her father Charles was struggling with alcoholism and he became physically abusive. 

In 1991, Theron was 15 years old and her father violently attacked Charlize and her mother. The physical abuse was so extreme threatened them with a gun. When he began shooting, Theron’s mother grabbed her gun and fired back, killing him in self-defense.

Gerda was never charged with a crime and the jury stated that the killing was in self-defense. For her mother, raising up her kid was never easy and she suffered a lot of problems as well. In the wake of the death, Gerda assumed ownership of the company, and Theron concocted a story that her father had been the victim of a lethal car accident.

Charlize Theron studied at Putfontein Elementary School. There she had several problems integrating with the other children and had some attention problems. Her mother then decided to send her to a boarding school and began her studies at the National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. 

Her interests

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She is very confident and fluent in both English and Afrikaans. She began to develop taste for dance and it was what she did during her free time. Her mother knew that it was the thing that relaxed her. A manager contacted her when she was at the age of 16, and offered her a contract as a model for a year in the Italian city of Milan. 

Then they moved to New York, where. Actually, she had no intention of continuing with modeling, a life that did not fascinate her. What she loved was dancing, but her career was slowed by a knee injury at the age of 19 that made her impossible for life.

At 16, Charlize Theron entered a Johannesburg modeling contest, which she won. In spite of all the problems, her mother encouraged her to move to the Hollywood film industry, and chase her dreams of becoming an international actress.

So she soon traveled to Italy and there she won the International New Model Today competition and began a modeling career. She enrolled in the dance company Joffrey Ballet School, where she trained in ballet. At the age of 18, she traveled to New York and left high fashion to attempt a career in dance. 

But her studies with the Joffrey Ballet were cut down by severe knee injuries, forcing her to leave her dance career. 

She went into a serious depression. In the company of a friend, she was locked in the basement all winter. With the advice of her mother decided to travel to  Los Angeles with the dream of working in the film industry.

At the start of her career

Once Theron was arguing heatedly with a cashier in a bank. There she was seen by  John Crosby, a talented agent. He handed her a card. Then she contacted casting agents and also entered an acting school, but one of the big problems was her South African accent.

So she thought of hiding her south African accent with perfect American inflections by watching hours of television. After several months of attempts, she was selected to play a silent role in the movie Children of the Corn III. 

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She got another supporting role in the movie 2 Days in the Valley in 1996. She began to be timidly recognized and was called to participate in the movie The Wonder, which is a film under the direction of actor Tom Hanks. However, in 1997 she played a small role in the comedy Trial and Error.

It was after her performance in American film productions such as The Devil’s Advocate (1997) where she outdid herself in the legal thriller along with her co-stars Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino, My great friend Joe / Joe (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999) she achieved fame. She received an Oscar for best actress for her macabre performance in the series Aileen Wuornos in the movie Monster. 

This made her become the first African-born actress to receive the award in that category. Then she returned to be nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the North Country. In 2007 Theron received a US citizen, she also retains her South African citizenship.

The young actress began to venture to enter into terror, the first horror production in which she acted was: The Face of Terror (1999), a science fiction film directed by Rand Ravich who co-starred with Johnny Depp, and continued with the adaptation of the novel by John Irving The rules of the house of the cider (1999), directed by Lasse Hallström, acted in the company of important figures such as Tobey Maguire and Michael Caine, these films were nominated for the Oscars, the former was very important to become a great Hollywood star.

The movie Monster

In 2003, Charlize Theron portrayed herself as a serial killer, Aileen Wuornos in Monster, giving the biggest shock to all her fans. Wuornos was a Floridian sex worker who was charged with the murder of seven of her clients and branded the first female serial killer. 

Charlize Theron gained 30 pounds and wore brown contact lenses and had a prosthetic overbite. Theron blew audiences and critics away with how she portrayed the character. Later in an interview, she said a few things about her character. After her stellar performance in this film, she was acknowledged as a high-level actress.

The movie gave her the Academy award in the category of best actress in 2004. During her speech, she got emotional and after thanking the others in the film she went on to give her mother her due respect. 

Charlize Theron Successful Career

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In 1999, Charlize Theron landed a lot of roles in notable films. The Astronaut’s Wife opposite Johnny Depp, and The Cider House Rules with Tobey Maguire are a few movies. In 2003, she starred opposite Mark Wahlberg in the heist thriller The Italian Job. 

Charlize Theron took on a strong drama and starred in 2005’s North Country with Sissy Spacek and Frances McDormand. Her portrayal of an iron miner fighting sexual harassment in the workplace. She earned her nominations at the Golden Globes and the Oscars. 

She starred in the big-screen adaptation of the MTV cult cartoon Aeon Flux and made multiple guest appearances on the award-winning television comedy, Arrested Development. She returned to the superhero genre in Hancock with co-star Will Smith in 2008. 

In 2009, she appeared in the film version of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road. with the 2011 independent dramatic comedy Young Adult with Patton Oswalt, she showed another side of her acting talent. For her portrayal of a writer facing personal and professional difficulties, she received a Golden Globe nod. 

She took on the role of the Evil Queen in 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. She portrayed Meredith Vickers in the 2012 sci-fi thriller Prometheus. In 2015, in Mad Max: Fury Road she starred as the strong and determined Furiosa.  

Before a featured role in The Last Face, a political drama directed by Sean Penn and co-starring Javier Bardem, in the following year, she was back to Evil Queendom for The Huntsman: Winter’s War. 

In 2017, Charlize Theron starred as MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton in Atomic Blonde, which was based on the graphic novel The Coldest City, and continued in the action-thriller genre as a cyberterrorist in The Fate of the Furious. 

In 2018, Theron starred in the critically acclaimed Tully and the uneven Gringo. For the 2019 romantic comedy Long Shot, she joined Seth Rogen where she headlined the star-studded voice cast of The Addams Family. Late that year she was to play news anchor Megyn Kelly in Bombshell, about the sexual assault allegations against former Fox News head Roger Ailes.

Personal life

She always had her personal life under reserve. She had put limits on her private and working life. She usually has no qualms when she goes out with her mother and her best friend, TV star Ivana Milicevic. 

She was in a long-term relationship with actor Stuart Townsend.  But the couple call it quits in 2010. She was romantically linked to actor Sean Penn in late 2013, but it was reported the pair split in June 2015. 

Theron publicly accepted his relationship with Craig Bierko, which was quite long but then broke up. Then she started a relationship with the Thir Eye Blind vocalist, Stephen Jenkins. In addition to her film roles, she is also a philanthropist and social activist.

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In 2008, she became the organization’s tenth messenger of peace and was honored by the United Nations. She is also an advocate for The Global Fund which was an institution dedicated to fighting AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.  

She announced that she became a U.S. citizen in 2008 and she still maintained her South African citizenship. In 2012, Charlize Theron adopted a son, Jackson, and three years later she adopted her daughter, August. In 2019 Theron revealed that Jackson is transgender and identifies as a girl.

Charlize Theron, the South African actress is one of the most beautiful in the film industry.  She is a woman with a great critical and philanthropic spirit. She is also an activist for an organization that fights for the ethical treatment of animals. 

She is also a spokesperson in South Africa against rape. She has recorded several television campaigns. She is also a great admirer of Nelson Mandela, and it was he who gave her the Oscar.

Final thoughts

Charlize Theron is a South African-American actress and philanthropist who first gained recognition in 1997 for her performance in the film Devil’s Advocate alongside Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino. 

She is a successful actress who had gone through so many struggles and overcame them, and she was able to achieve success in the film industry. 

She also has been involved in many charity works providing service to the need. She never gave up and did so many transformations for her films although they were difficult.  She was noted for her versatility and earned an Academy Award for best actress for her performance as a real-life serial killer in Monster. She is really an inspiration for many women in the world.

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