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.
“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
|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|