Charlize Theron: “I Always Knew I Would Adopt”

Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron, 36, who stars in Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus this summer, graces the cover of madison and opens up about adoption, being a single mom, and her biggest pet peeves in Hollywood.

On a letter she wrote at 8-years-old: “My mother found [it]. It said, ‘Would you please take me to orphanage, so that I can go and adopt a baby?’ I always knew I would adopt – always.”

On being a single mom: “I don’t think any mother aims to be a single mom. I didn’t wish for that, but it happened.” So, does this mean she’s looking for a husband? “It’s never been a fantasy of mine…Marriage has never been that important to me. I don’t know why exactly. Some might say it’s because my parents didn’t have a good marriage, but I don’t think so. I treat my relationships like marriages. The ceremony isn’t that important to me.”

On her Hollywood pet peeves: “You know what I can’t stand?” she asks. “I hate actors who come and quote [19th century German philosopher Friedrich] Nietzsche. I don’t like pretentious shit. I like being around people who like to live life and understand the value of it. I need to be around people who understand we’re not curing cancer here. I like professional actors who show up, do the job and are not a pain in the ass to either myself or the crew…I don’t believe in this idea that if you’re f-cked up . . . that’s the only way to do good work. It’s bullsh-t. A professional actor does their homework beforehand and they do their job. Then when it’s all said and done, they have a beer with the crew. That’s what a professional actor does.”

For more of the interview with Charlize, pick up the June issue of madison, on sale May 16.


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  1. gosh! I love her! Not only is she a talented actress and very beautiful – but she’s also very cool! who knew? I wonder which “pretentious actors” she’s referring to? HA. So many divas and d-bags in Hollywood. Love that she calls them out on it! I wish I could read the rest of her interview in Madison. Any Australian people on here?

  2. Two actors I know she wasn’t talking about were Robert DeNiro and James Spader. In an interview when she was a BAFTA Life in Pictures honoree she said:

    “I got my first job within 8 months and so I think a lot of my training happened on the job. I had great teachers like Al Pacino and so I was very lucky from the very beginning, the first film I did was with Danny Aiello and James Spader, you couldn’t ask for anything better than to work with James Spader on your first film, you know he’ll like kick you straight into understanding what the job is all about and character and pushing the envelope.”

  3. nice comments! thanks god there are still normal people among celebrities! also to me adopting seems like a right thing to do, which would fit me. in the future!

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