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Charlize Theron Says After 25 Years in Hollywood She’s ‘Never Been at Kim Kardashian’s Level’

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Charlize Theron is getting candid about her personal life.

The 47-year-old actress spoke to Harper’s Bazaar for their October issue about parenthood, navigating the dating world and her experience after 25 years in Hollywood.

“I feel like I’m at a place where it is,” Theron said of his career. “I think working more isn’t going to change my level of fame. It’s always been a mediocre run. I’ve never been one of those people who is at Kim Kardashian’s level. But I feel like it’s It’s just always been that thing.”

Charlize Theron has gotten candid about her Hollywood career after 25 years.
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Theron grew up on a farm in South Africa, just outside Johannesburg. At 16, she came to America to start a career in modeling, which marked the beginning of her career.


“I didn’t grow up in America,” Theron said, “so I always find myself trying to keep my head above water with the school system and exams, because it’s unfamiliar to me. My upbringing was so different from what my kids experience in America, and so there are a lot of bells and whistles that come with being a parent that I didn’t grow up with.

The ‘Mad Max’ star opened up about the way Hollywood was when she started her career and said she had to be “strong” to get noticed.

Charlize Theron grew up in South Africa and came to America at 16 to pursue a modeling career.

Charlize Theron grew up in South Africa and came to America at 16 to pursue a modeling career.
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“Most of my 20s and 30s, and just the way I was raised, that was a lot…it was a time when you had to be a loud b-ch to find space in the room” , she said. “I don’t really like being that person, but there was definitely a time in my life when it was the only way I knew how to function.”

Along with being a devoted single mom to her two daughters: Jackson, 10, and August 7, over the past decade, she’s found a balance between raising her kids and balancing her career. The “Monster” actress has adopted her two children.


“It’s so consuming,” she said. “There are times with my kids where, yeah, I sit in the car and they’re in the back and I’m stopped because I don’t want to lose a call. But I love it. I don’t think no I could do it if I didn’t like it.”

Theron started her production company, Denver & Delilah, in 2003. “Having absolutely no control over what you wear is a big deal that really bothered me for years,” she said of of his career before launching his company.

Theron started his production company, Denver & Dalila, in 2003.

Theron started his production company, Denver & Dalila, in 2003.
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“When a guy makes you have a fitting almost in front of him, stuff like that, it’s really demeaning. When I started, there was no conversation around it. It was like, ‘C’ are you wearing.’ And I remember one movie in particular, this male director who kept bringing me in, edit after edit after edit after… And it was so obvious that it had to do with my sexuality and how much they could make me f-kable in the movie. And when I started, that was just kind of the norm,” Theron explained.

Making a change in the entertainment industry wasn’t something the longtime actress took lightly.


“There’s a natural struggle in me to want to create environments that look like I wish I had 30 years ago when I started,” she said. “The Old Guard”, which Theron produced, had an 85% female cast and crew, which she noted she was proud of.

“I don’t always get it right,” Theron said as producer, “but I’m very aware of looking at the big picture and saying, ‘Is this really the best we can do? “”

Theron has been a single mother to her two daughters for a decade.

Theron has been a single mother to her two daughters for a decade.
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Along with being a single mom, balancing her career in Hollywood, she also found time to be a devoted fan of the reality show “The Real Housewives.”

“I always tell my kids, ‘Just diversify a little bit,’ and my little one will say, ‘Are you still watching Housewives? And I said, ‘Yes, I am. … We’ll look at Fellini a little bit later,’ she said.


The “Bombshell” actress, who has been a single mom for a decade, shared that she’s currently single and has no plans to ever get married.

“During COVID, someone was interested in doing this thing with me,” she said. “It was just a deep dive into a relationship. And I was just like, I don’t know if I want to. … I feel so out of practice.”

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