Charlize Theron: biography
Charlize Theron is a Hollywood actress and model. Admirers consider her the embodiment of beauty, elegance, and style. Theron has won the love of the audience due to her dramatic role in the picture "The Devil's Advocate" after which Charlize appeared in 50 other versatile projects where she proved her talent.
Charlize Theron was the only child in the family of Gerda Aletta and Charles Jacobus Theron. The girl was born on the 7th of August, 1975 in the city of Benoni, in South Africa. Charlize has German roots by her mother’s side, and the Dutch and French roots by her father. Parents of the girl were farmers and owned a road building company. Strong-willed mother of Charlize - Gerda Theron ran this business.
Charlize spent her childhood at her family farm in Benoni, near Johannesburg in which the girl attended elementary school. Communicating with workers of the farm of which there were many natives of the different folks of Africa, the future Hollywood star learned initials of two dozens of local languages and dialects. Soon Charlize Theron was fluent in English equally as in native Afrikaans.
The family farm of Theron was settled in the wild. Probably, in the future, this circumstance had influenced Theron's decision to become the activist of animal-rights movement. In 6 years the girl began to take ballet lessons. When Charlize turned 13, she was sent to the boarding school in Johannesburg. In this city, Charlize began to attend National School of Arts.
In 15 years Charlize Theron went through the serious family tragedy, having become the witness of her father's death who was a chronic alcoholic. By hearsay, mother of Charlize Theron killed the girl's father. The police hadn’t brought any charges against Gerda Theron as the woman shot her husband in self-defense. In her interview, the actress claimed that her father died in the car accident.
Her mother had a huge impact on the future of her daughter. In 16 years Charlize Theron at Gerda Theron's insistence participated in the modeling competition. Later the girl took part in the international Italian modeling competition in Positano and after her victory, she concluded the favorable annual contract with the Milan model agency. Her high growth (177 cm) had assured her brilliant modeling career. During this year the girl managed to visit all of Europe. On completion of the contract, Charlize moved to New York where she stayed for a long time.
In New York Theron who had been dreaming to become a ballerina for a long time was enrolled in choreographic school. In her free time, she took a part-time job as a model. Everything changed that day when the girl seriously injured her knee. She had to forget about dances forever. Charlize decided to come back home, but at the request of the mother, she went to Miami. There the girl worked as a model for several months. Then, again by her mother's advice, Charlize decided to pursue her career as a Hollywood actress.
From Miami, Charlize Theron went to Los Angeles. Moreover, she had a one-way ticket. The first months were very difficult. Once Charlize came to the bank to cash the check sent by her mother. But unexpectedly the bank worker refused to do this for her. Theron got extremely angry because this money was the only fund for her living and food. The girl didn't restrain herself. She began to tell the office worker strong words both in English and Afrikaans.
This incident turned into the big scandal. The famous impresario John Crosby who had appeared in this place by some miracle with admiration observed this scandal from the beginning till the end. He also helped Charlize Theron to take her first steps in the acting job. At first, the girl auditioned at several casting agencies, then Crosby helped Charlize to enter the acting school where she, at last, got rid of her South African accent.
Charlize Theron had her debut role in the picture "The Devil's Advocate" which brought her popularity. It couldn’t be otherwise as such stars as Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves performed together with the aspiring actress. Charlize Theron was very convincing in the role of the character of the mad spouse of the main character, she presented the woman with schizophrenia. Before the launch of the shootings Charlize had been visiting the mental hospital for three months, every day she was watching the patients’ behavior.
By hearsay, the similarity of Charlize to the actress Sharon Stone who already gained popularity at that time played its part. Both performed the roles of the attractive fatal blonde.
In the film "Reindeer Games" Ben Affleck became Charlize's partner. To play the role in this action movie Charlize agreed to appear naked in the erotic scene. This movie was met by critics with a restraint, but Theron was able to diversify her movie types: earlier she took part mainly in melodramas.
The creative biography of Charlize Theron was not only successful. The project "Sweet November" where she played together with Keanu Reeves turned out to be a failure, though she had high expectations for this movie. Charlize even refused a leading role in the Oscar-winning movie "Pearl Harbour" for the sake of her role in "Sweet November". But the picture was a fiasco. Theron even was nominated for the Golden Raspberry Awards.
But then her career started to take off rapidly. Charlize Theron played a serial killer in the picture "Monster". For the shootings in this movie the actress put on 14 kilos and agreed to turn into the ugly woman. Her efforts weren't vain. Critics called Charlize's acting in "Monster" one of the best in the history of the movie industry. For this work, Charlize Theron won Academy Awards in February of 2004. Moreover, she won the Golden Globe Awards. The actress became the first African who managed to win Academic Awards for Best Actress. When she returned home Nelson Mandela personally arrived to congratulate the star.
Academic Awards helped the actress to solve her money issues with which she had to deal for so long. In 2005 Theron had got her own star on the Walk of Fame, and in 2006 Charlize Theron was included to the list of the highest-paid Hollywood actresses according to "The Hollywood Reporter". Soon she was again nominated for Academic Awards and the Golden Globe Awards for her work in the drama "North Country".
The year 2008 was successful for Charlize Theron as well. Together with the Hollywood star Will Smith, she played the major role in the movie "Hancock". The movie had a box-office of nearly 230 million dollars in the USA and nearly 400 million in the world hire.
The actress is famous for her versatile roles, she is capable to embody on the screen a seductive beauty from the high society and soldier during the battle as well.
In 2009 Charlize performed a leading role in the post-apocalyptic thriller "The Road". In 2011 Theron played the character of the writer in the tragic comedy "Young Adult", and in 2012 she appeared as the main villain, Queen, in an adventure fantasy "Snow White and the Huntsman".
In 2015 the Australian movie "Mad Max: Fury Road" came out on the screen, it was a sequel to the franchize of the famous post-apocalyptic movies. "Fury Road" can be considered a peculiar relaunch, the role of the cross-cutting character Max was performed by Tom Hardy instead of Mel Gibson who had taken part in the previous movies.
Charlize played the role of the female soldier Furiosa. The actress appeared in an unusual role: with the shaven head, in spotted clothes, and with a metal hand. The impressive acting of the actress and dramatic character overshadowed the main hero by whose name the movie was titled.
According to the film crew, the shootings were outgoing rather difficult: they worked far from the settlements, in the hot sun, and Theron and Hardy constantly had conflicts. Though the difficulties wholly paid for themselves. The picture was nominated for ten Academic Awards and received six of them. Moreover, the movie received four BAFTA Awards.
"Fury Road" received controversial feedbacks from critics. The abundance of various female characters with a high proportion of screen time became the main stumbling point of the brutal action movie's plot. Some critics called such feature of the movie revolutionary, others – unrealistic.
Alongside her employment on the movie sets Charlize Theron continued to work at the podium. She became a muse of Galliano and the face of J'adore in the advertising campaign of Christian Dior. In Dior commercials not only Theron's appearance is represented, but also her acting skills: each video is a small romantic movie.
The dresses in which Charlize appears on the red carpet during the Academic Awards and Golden Globe ceremonies are constantly designed by the famous Galliano.
The private life of Charlize Theron is saturated with events, scandals and a number of love affairs. The actress who is idolized by men all over the world was singular very seldom. In the mid-nineties, Theron was meeting the actor Craig Bierko during two years. And from 1997 till 2001 the star had close relations with the musician Stephan Jenkins.
Charlize Theron met Stewart Townsend on the movie set of the picture "Trapped" in 2002. For a long time, this relationship was considered one of the most beautiful and strong in Hollywood. But after Christmas holiday in Mexico, Charlize took off the ring presented by Stewart. The couple broke up at the beginning of 2010. In 2014-2015 the actress was in relations with Sean Penn, but her mother didn’t approve of this relationship.
In March of 2012 Theron adopted a child from the Republic of South Africa, and in July of 2015, the actress dared to adopt one more child again. At the present time, the actress lives in Los Angeles. The press is concerned about relations of Charlize Theron with her children. The actress allows her elder son to put on skirts and dresses, to dress up like Disney's princesses and to take women bags for a walk. The Russian media are sure, that Charlize dresses up the son to please the western liberal trends, or it is a result of the fact that the woman doesn't live with the husband and raises her children alone.
Theron comments on this situation, explaining that Jackson chooses his clothes himself. The boy likes bright colors, he likes to wear skirts. The actress doesn't see in it any deviations, Theron considers that any clothes are suitable for children of any sex. She admits that she could harm her son morally if she prohibits him to get dressed the way he likes and an attempt to explain the small child about gender framework could be harmless.
The actress also doesn't bound herself with stereotypes. During her career, Charlize changed two dozens of hairstyles and shaved her head to get a role. Charlize tells the press that a short boy’s haircut is her favorite one.
Theron is often captured by paparazzi in a swimsuit and, it’s obvious, that she doesn't worry about her half-naked look. Charlize wears bikini not only at the beach but also during a walk with a dog or while playing with her children if the weather is good enough. Her admirers note that the actress can change swimsuits during the day.
Theron also shares her own photos. The actress has an Instagram account where she posts both personal and everyday photos from her real life. She has 2 million followers subscribed to her Instagram page.
Charlize Theron at present
In 2016 Charlize returned to the role of the Dark Queen Ravenna in the sequel to the fantasy "The Snow White and the Huntsman".
During the fall of 2016, Charlize started to shoot in the movie "Tully". Theron put on 16 kilos (media give different numbers in this question: from 54 to 61 kg) to conform to the character of the mother who has many children.
At the end of 2016, the movie trailer of "The Last Face" appeared at the web, in this picture leading roles were played by Charlize Theron, Jean Reno, and Javier Bardem. The movie became a debut for Sean Penne as a director. The picture received negative feedback even before the premiere, the critics called "The Last Face" the worst movie during the last 20 years.
In April of 2017, Theron appeared on big screens in the 8th part of the action movie "The Fast and the Furious". Charlize hadn’t taken part in "The Fast and the Furious" before, in the new part actress played the part of the villain Cipher.
At present time the actress works on the spy thriller "Atomic Blonde" where Charlize has got a leading role. The premiere of the movie about intelligence agents of the times of Cold War is set for the second half of 2017.
- "Mighty Joe Young"
- "The Cider House Rules"
- "Sweet November"
- "North Country"
- "The Burning Plain"
- "Young Adult"
- "The Last Face"
- "White Snow and the Huntsman"
- "Mad Max: Fury Road"
- "The Fate of the Furious"