Charlize Theron Movies & Biography

Biography / trivia

*    Charlize Theron was born on 7th August 1975 in Benoni, South Africa to Gerda & Charles Theron.

*    Her father was an alcoholic and killed by her mother with a firearm in 1991, the shooting was considered legal as he was drunk and tried to kill both Charlize Theron and her mother.

*    Theron attended ‘Putfontein Primary School’ and ‘National School of the Arts’, Johannesburg.

*    She started her career as a model and she earned a modeling contract at a local competition in Salerno, during this period she and her mother moved several places like Milan, New York City, Miami etc.

*    During her stay in New York Theron attended ‘Joffrey Ballet School’ but left it in middle when her knee was injured.

*    When she was 19 years old she moved to Los Angele to start a film career, after few months she made her film debut with Children of the Corn III in 1995 in a minor role, her next film 2 Days in the Valley in 1996 gained much attention. Her biggest break came in 1997 with The Devil’s Advocate alongside Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino, Mighty Joe Young in 1998 and The Cider House Rules in 1999 did well at box office.

*    In 2000 decade Theron worked for hits like Men of Honor in 2000 with Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding, Jr., The Italian Job in 2003 opposite Mark Wahlberg and Edward Norton, Monster in 2003 with Christina Ricci and Bruce Dern for which she won Academy Award for Best Actress, Hancock in 2008 opposite Will Smith.

*    In 2010 decade Theron appeared in hits like Young Adult in 2011 alongside Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser and Patrick Wilson for which she earned nomination for “Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture”, Snow White and the Huntsman in 2012 alongside Kristen Stewart, Sam Claflin and Chris Hemsworth, Prometheus in 2012 with Noomi Rapace, Guy Pearce and Michael Fassbender.

*    Theron is a naturalized citizen of U.S and also retained her African citizenship.

*    In 1990 she dated actor Craig Bierko for two years, in 1997 she started dating Stephan Jenkins, in 2002 she had a relationship with actor Stuart Townsend and the couple broke up in 2010 after 8 years of long relationship.

*    Theron adopted son named Jackson in 2012.

*    Theron is an active member of PETA and participated in its anti-fur campaign.

*    After her first Oscar award she became one among the highest paid actresses in Hollywood in 2006 according to The Hollywood Reporter.

*    Charlize Theron is the 1st South African women to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.

*    She supports same-sex marriage & participated in a rally in Fresno, California in 2009.

Interview excerpts

“The way my father died was traumatic. I would wish for nothing more in my life than for it not to have happened the way it did. But I can’t change that. In my late 20s, I hated talking about it because telling the story made me seem like the victim. Then I realized that if that’s not how I carry the experience, then talking about it doesn’t matter.”

“I don’t make any decisions about my life based on what I look like, that’s not what drives me.”

“If I had to do that whole journey again today, I don’t know if I’d have the guts even to live in the places I lived. When I got off the plane, I asked the cabdriver to take me to the cheapest hotel in Hollywood.”

“I don’t know how to play other people’s emotions without using my own. It’s not how I was trained as an actor. The only thing I know how to do is substitute my own emotion for their pain and loss and betrayal.”

“I have an obsessive mind, I’m a bit compulsive, so the moment I say yes to a film, it consumes my thought process.”

Filmography / all movies list

Sl Year Movie Director Co-stars
1 1995 Children of the Corn III J D.R. Hickox Daniel Cerny,Ron Melendez
2 1996 2 Days inthe Valley John Herzfeld Danny Aiello,Jeff Daniels
3 1996 That ThingYou Do! Tom Hanks Tom Everett Scott,Liv Tyler
4 1997 Hollywood Confidential ReynaldoVillalobos Edward James Olmos,Rick Aiello
5 1997 Trial and Error Jonathan Lynn Michael Richards,Jeff Daniels
6 1997 The Devil’s Advocate Taylor Hackford Keanu Reeves,Al Pacino
7 1998 Celebrity Woody Allen Hank Azaria,Kenneth Branagh
8 1998 Mighty Joe Young Ron Underwood Bill Paxton,Rade Serbedzija
9 1999 The Astronaut’s Wife Rand Ravich Johnny Depp,Joe Morton
10 1999 The Cider House Rules Lasse Hallström Tobey Maguire,Michael Caine
11 2000 Reindeer Games J Frankenheimer Ben Affleck,Gary Sinise
12 2000 The Yards James Gray Mark Wahlberg,Joaquin Phoenix
13 2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance Robert Redford Will Smith,Matt Damon
14 2000 Men of Honor GeorgeTillman, Jr. Robert De Niro,Cuba Gooding, Jr.
15 2001 Sweet November Pat O’Connor Keanu Reeves,Jason Isaacs
16 2001 The Curse of the Jade Scorpion Woody Allen Woody Allen,John Tormey
17 2001 15 Minutes John Herzfeld Robert De Niro,Edward Burns
18 2002 Trapped Luis Mandoki Courtney Love,Stuart Townsend
19 2002 Waking Upin Reno Jordan Brady Natasha Richardson,Billy Bob Thornton
20 2003 The Italian Job F. Gary Gray Mark Wahlberg,Edward Norton
21 2003 Monster Patty Jenkins Christina Ricci,Bruce Dern
22 2004 The Life and Death ofPeter Sellers Stephen Hopkins Geoffrey Rush,Emily Watson
23 2004 Head inthe Clouds John Duigan Penélope Cruz,Stuart Townsend
24 2005 North Country Niki Caro Frances McDormand,Richard Jenkins
25 2005 Æon Flux Karyn Kusama Sophie Okonedo,Marton Csokas
26 2007 In the Valleyof Elah Paul Haggis Tommy Lee Jones,Susan Sarandon
27 2008 Sleepwalking William Maher Nick Stahl,Anna Sophia Robb
28 2008 Hancock Peter Berg Will Smith,Jason Bateman
29 2008 Battle in Seattle Stuart Townsend André Benjamin,Jennifer Carpenter
30 2009 The Burning Plain Guillermo Arriaga Kim Basinger,Jennifer Lawrence
31 2009 The Road John Hillcoat Viggo Mortensen,Kodi Smit-McPhee
32 2009 Astro Boy David Bowers Freddie Highmore,Nicolas Cage
33 2011 Young Adult Jason Reitman Patton Oswalt,Patrick Wilson
34 2012 Snow White & the Huntsman Rupert Sanders Kristen Stewart,Chris Hemsworth
35 2012 Prometheus Ridley Scott Noomi Rapace,Michael Fassbender
36 2013 Mad Max:Fury Road George Miller Tom Hardy,Nicholas Hoult

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