Charlize was ranked #27 in Glamours's "The 50 most glamorous women of '08". She placed No.37 in Premiere.com's "40 Most Beautiful Hollywood Women (Right Now)" list in 2009.
Charlize was ranked #11 in Maxim's Hot 100 Women 2008.
In 2000, Charlize was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture for The Cider House Rules.
Charlize announced on The Late Show with David Letterman on May 12, 2008 that she just recently became a US citizen.
Charlize was honored by Harvard University for her skill at writing. She was named Woman of the Year.
Had a pet goat named "Bok" growing up. Bok means goat or deer in Afrikaans.
Charlize owns a dog named Tucker. They both appeared in a 2004 billboard sponsored by PETA to promote against wearing fur.
Charlize was ranked #30 in FHM Online's 100 Sexiest Women in the World of 2007.
In October 2007 Charlize was named as the "sexiest woman alive" by Esquire magazine.
When Charlize was asked what she packed for the Toronto Film Festival, all she answered was 'clean underwear'.
Theron speaks with a typical American accent and style of speech, leading most people to assume she is American.
She began her studies at the National School Of The Arts in Johannesburg.
She is the first South African to win an Oscar for Best Actress.
The May 1999 issue of Playboy published nude photos of Theron, taken during the early years of her modeling career. Claiming they had been "for private use", Theron ended up suing photographer Guido Argentini.
In 2004, Charlize replaced Estonian model Tiiu Kuik in the J'ADORE advertisements by Christian Dior.
She has appeared in a PETA advertisement for their anti-fur campaign.
Theron is a supporter of animal rights and active member of PETA.
In 2006, Theron won GLAAD's Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards for increasing "visibility and understanding in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans gender community."
Charlize is greatly involved in women's rights organizations.
In May 2006, Maxim Magazine named Charlize #25 in its annual Hot 100 issue.
In October 2005, her mother, Gerda, was married in California.
After her Oscar win for Monster, she earned $10,000,000 for both North Country and Aeon Flux.
She has received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her role in the HBO movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.
According to The Hollywood Reporter's 2006 list of highest-paid actresses in Hollywood, she ranked 7th, behind Halle Berry, Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Renée Zellweger, Reese Witherspoon, and Nicole Kidman.
She is fluent in English and speaks some Xhosa.
Her surname is pronounced in Afrikaans as "Teronn", although she prefers the pronunciation "Thrown".
She is the only child of her parents.
Charlize has been on the cover pages of many American magazines including Entertainment Weekly, Premiere, Parade, Cineaste, Elle, Jane, Playboy, GQ and many more.
She has appeared on the cover pages of many international magazines including Nova Magazine (Greece), Gong (Germany), Premiere (Russia), Harper's Bazaar (Australia), FHM (UK), FHM (Netherlands), GQ (Spain), Esquire (Turkey), Roadshow (Japan) and many others.
In the year 2005, she was seen in print ads for Raymond Weil.
In the year 2004, she appeared in the TV commercial for L'Oreal Preference Haircolor.
In the year 1996, she appeared in the TV commercials for Martini and Axe.
In 2006, she was named #15 in FHM Magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement.
In the year 2005, she was named #4 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement.
She was the first person to sign on to be a presenter at the 77th Annual Academy Awards.
Her favorite actor is Tom Hanks.
In September 2002, she was voted the 12th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine.
In the year 2001, she was ranked 4th in the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM (Taiwan).
Her mother, Gerda, is German, while her late father, Charles, was French.
She didn't like being a model.
She is the second actress (the first was Kim Basinger) to win an Oscar after appearing naked in Playboy Magazine.
After winning her Oscar, she returned to great celebrations in her native South Africa, and she even met former South African President Nelson Mandela. When he praised her for putting their country on the map and gave her a hug, Charlize broke into tears.
Her star sign is Leo.
She is a model turned actress.
Charlize has a stepbrother named, Denver.
In 2004, she starred with real-life boyfriend Stuart Townsend in the movie Head in the Clouds.
Charlize first attracted the attention of talent manager, John Crosby, with a tirade in a Los Angeles-area bank after a teller refused to cash her out-of-state check.
Charlize studied acting with the Joffrey Ballet in New York City.
Charlize left her native South Africa in 1991, the same year that her mother shot and killed Theron's father in self-defense.
At a very young age of 16, she managed to win a modeling contest in Italy.
Watchmaker Raymond Weil has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Charlize for not exclusively wearing Weil's watches after signing a contract to do so.
Charlize made every stunt in The Italian Job by herself, except one jump.
Charlize Theron worked also two times together with Mark Wahlberg, the first movie was The Yards and the second one was The Italian Job. Charlize enjoyed the time with him and they remained friends.
Charlize worked two times together with make-up artist Tony G (Monster, North Country).
Britt Ekland was Charlize's date at the Cannes Film Festival, where she saw the movie (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) the first time. After the festival ended Charlize took Britt home instead going to the party, because it was too emotional for both of them.
To learn more about Britt Ekland, her role in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, she watched a lot of videos showing her and Peter Sellers, together with Geoffrey Rush, who played Peter.
Charlize was named after her father, whose name was Charles.
Charlize used hypnotherapy as an aid to quit smoking.
Charlize's measurements: 36B-24-36
Charlize and her boyfriend, Stuart Townsend, attended the Spirit of Independence Award Ceremony Honoring Charlize Theron, in which took place on June 28th, 2006.
Charlize has been criticized for the huge bow she wore on her dress to the 2006 Academy Awards.
Charlize and her boyfriend Stuart have reportedly split up. (March 11/2006)
Charlize's co-star in The Italian Job Jason Statham says that deep down, she's a tomboy and that she's an excellent driver.
Charlize owns the rights to the story adapted from Mark Richard's fictional short story, The Ice at the Bottom of the World.
Charlize will star in and produce the indie drama The Ice At The Bottom of the World.
Charlize has replaced Angelina Jolie as Martin Campbell's, director, first choice for the latest role as a Bond girl.
Charlize and Stuart have decided that they will marry only when gays and lesbians are able to legally wed in America.
Charlize got her first kiss when she was 14 but was not considered his girlfriend.
Charlize, along with Djimon Hounsou, was the first African to be nominated for an Oscar. She went on to become the first African to win an Oscar.
Charlize learned English as a teenager in South Africa by watching American TV.
Charlize dated Stephan Jenkins, the lead singer in the band Third Eye Blind.
Charlize audtioned for the female lead in the 1995 film Showgirls.
Charlize turned down the lead female role in Pearl Harbor to star alongside Keanu Reeves in the film Sweet November.
Charlize was named one of the top 50 most beautiful people by People magazine.
Charlize became a fashion model at age fourteen.
Charlize speaks English as a second language. Her native toungue is Afrikaans.
The filming of Aeon Flux was delayed because Charlize had to heal from a neck injury she got when she attempted a stunt. Charlize no longer allows stunts as part of her movie contracts.
Charlize starred in the movie Aeon Flux.
Charlize has two tattoos. One is a blue flower on her right foot and the other is a little koi fish on her ankle.
Charlize's height is 5 feet 9.5 (1.77 metres) inches.
Charlize had a rough experience as a teen; she witnissed her father's death, at the hands of her mother. He was an abusive alcoholic, and her mother shot him in self-defense. No charges were pressed.
Charlize grew up on a farm in South Africa, where she "...had all the dirty chores."
Charlize's favorite school subject was Afrikaans.
Before she became an actress, Charlize's dream job was to be a broadcast journalist.
Charlize had surgery on a herniated cervical disc in her neck.
As of 2007, she is a spokesperson for Dior perfume.
Charlize posed nude for the May 1999 issue of Playboy magazine.
Charlize used hypnotherapy to help her quit smoking.
Charlize is best-known for gaining 30 pounds for her Academy Award winning role in Monster.
Charlize was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 29, 2005.
Charlize was named after her dad, Charles.
Charlize graces the cover of Entertainment Weekly, the October 28th, 2005 issue.
Charlize is currently engaged to actor Stuart Townsend. They met on the set of Trapped. They reside in a home together in Los Angeles.
Charlize won an Oscar and SAG Award for her role in the critically acclaimed Monster in 2004.
Charlize won a Golden Globe Award for her lead role in Monster.
Charlize: (revealing she feels "unsexy" when she is too underweight) I played a woman with cancer in Sweet November. I went down to a size 6 and I felt completely uncomfortable. I remember being cold and wrapping my arms around my body and feeling ribs and bone. I felt totally unsexy.
Charlize Theron: I have always known [that marriage is] not something for me. Even when I was a little girl, I never dreamed of the white dress and all of that.
Charlize: (on not attending the 2008 Acadamy Awards) We are not going to the Oscars this year. I don't think you go to those kind of awards unless you are nominated. I think it's special if you get a nomination, or your film does. Then you go. But we don't have any nominations or anything like that in the house so we sit in our jammies and watch it on the couch.
Charlize: (on the movie "Reindeer Games") That was a bad, bad, bad movie. But even though the movie might suck, I got to work with John Frankenheimer. I wasn't lying to myself - that's why I did it. I mean, he directed The Manchurian Candidate, which is like the movie of all movies.
Charlize: (after obtaining her US citizenship) I know what I am now, too. I'm American. I grew up in a country that learned the lesson that you can't impose your way of life on 26 different kinds of people just because you call yourself righteous. I think there are lessons this country still has to learn.
Charlize: (on motherhood) Getting pregnant doesn't excite me, but having kids does. I know I'll be a mother one day. It's just that I don't really want to look like a whale! But I'm sure the idea of something growing inside you is pretty powerful.
Charlize: I'm 32 and as you get older you get wrinkles and your boobs sag. You get wisdom too, so it's not all bad. But you can't really do anything about ageing.
Charlize Theron: My mother's philosophy was "If you get yourself in trouble, you've got to get yourself out of trouble." There was always this awareness that you have to be responsible for yourself in order to have what you want.
Charlize: I don't need to wear a white dress and throw a big party. To me that is like a premiere. (On her wedding)
Charlize: I've been freezing, and all these other girls are so graceful. No goosebumps. And I'm like shivering. (On the Screen Actor's Guild awards red carpet in 2006)
Charlize: They try to beat you down so you give in but I'll never do that. If I have to call as many restraining orders or dump as many water bottles on cameras, that's what I'll do. (On the paparazzi)
Charlize: Even the morning after the Oscars, I was like, 'breakfast!' and he's (Stuart Townsend) like, 'get up! I'm not making you breakfast now because you've won an Oscar!' I'm so blessed to be around somebody like that.
Charlize: Delilah sits as if she were Elizabeth Taylor in cleopatra mode. And Denver suggles better than any man I've ever been with. (On her dogs)
Charlize: I played a joke on an ex. I called him up and told him I thought I was pregnant. He was freaking out. So now I don't do anything on april fools.
Charlize: We're never, ever getting married. Not ever. Just to annoy them! (On the paparrazzi)
Charlize: I don't know what you are talking about. No, it was some cute German boy that I got to make out with. (On Stuart Townsend's cameo in Aeon Flux)
Charlize: I just went through that, so for me to be thinking about it again would just seem very selfish. (On the possibility of being nominated for another Oscar for North Country)
Charlize: Practically our only form of entertainment was winning teddy bears at Lee and Rick's oyster bar in Orlando. We robbed them clean of bears. We spent half the budget of the film, but we did it. (On the time while filming Monster)
Charlize: I guess that means I can really play myself! I'm really excited. In the comic book, she wears a tiny piece of fabric covering her crotch but I'm not sure I will go that far. (On Aeon Flux)
Charlize: It looked like real sex. It wasn't pretty. We're falling all over the place. A lot of times we had no idea if the cameras were even rolling because the crew was laughing so hard. (On filming the sex scene in Reindeer Games with Ben Affleck)
Charlize: In simple terms, I could rip his heart out pretty easily, which is what the movie asked for. (On doing Head In The Clouds with boyfriend Stuart Townsend)
Charlize: I had heard about the script and I backed away from it. I Didn't want to go back and do 2 days in the valley again. (On the script of Reindeer Games)
Charlize: If he thinks I'm worth hiring, then maybe I'm going to be ok. (On Tom Hanks hiring her for That Thing You Do!)
Charlize: It was like I had some guardian angel. (On missing the lead role in Showgirls)
Charlize: I didn't want to keep on doing the same blonde bitch roles. (On her first manager John Crosby's termination)
Charlize: As long as my dogs are there, I'm happy. (On her movie set trailers)
Charlize: There was crap on one bedspread. And a bright light coming through the windows and no curtains. We were so freaked out. I took an ambien and we all slept in one room because we were too scared! (On the set of Monster)
Charlize: The first time I talked to him about doing the part, he said, 'if I were making this film in the 40's, I'd cast Lauren Bacall. Would you be interested?' ok, so Woody Allen and Lauren Bacall. How difficult a decision is that? Who wouldn't jump at the chance to be Lauren Bacall? (On being cast in The Curse Of The Jade Scorpion)
Charlize: I didn't exactly make a decision that I wasn't going to work for a year. I didn't feel like going to work. I felt like sleeping in and being in love. (On the break after filming Trapped)
Charlize: When I met Keanu Reeves he'd had a really bad motorcycle accident, and his leg was still in a cast. I loved how even after the accident, he wasn't fazed by it. He was waiting for the cast to come off so he could get back on his bike. I said, jokingly, 'God, I've always wanted to learn how to ride a motorcycle.' And he said, 'well, I'll teach you.' A year passed, the filming was finished, but he never forgot that. He taught me how to ride a Harley.
Charlize: I'm 50-50 on glamour stuff. I'd rather put on a pair of jeans and get on my Harley and act like a guy.
Charlize: I was always Mama's girl, and I always felt like her protector.
Charlize: I don't think my mom ever said, 'isn't she a pretty girl?' she'd say, 'you should hear her sing'. Praise was about what I'd done, not how I'd looked.
Charlize: I'm a bit of a cow. Keep milking me and I'll eventually go dry.
Charlize: I'm not a crazy dog lady. I don't dress up my dogs. A scarf is as far as I'll go.
Charlize: I don't think I could be friends, or even acquaintances, with somebody who admitted, 'I hate animals'. I can't relate to that feeling at all.
Charlize: I had no hair until I was four. I was this big, bald baby with a giant head. I was not an adorable little girl.
Charlize: Some days I look in the mirror and feel hot. others, I say, 'I've got back fat and need bigger jeans'.
Charlize: I've always been extremely honest about the fact that I was born and raised in South Africa. I sound like an American and I can surely act like an American, but I'm a South African.
Charlize: I haven't been with any Peter Sellers types or trashed any hotel rooms. It would be a mixture of Martha Stewart gardening and making jam, then every once in a while going to a film festival.
Charlize: Anything naked with Keanu Reeves is a good thing.
Charlize: I do want a family. And when I do, I want it to be with Stuart.
Charlize: The video store called my mom and said, 'your daughter has had dirty dancing for 9 months. Please return the tape'.
Charlize: I just love Anthony Hopkins. But to be honest, I've never placed that much importance on age and its never been an issue for me in a relationship, although I do draw the line at 17-year-old boys!
Charlize: You can never get to a place of comfort in this business. As soon as you hit that little cushy spot, somebody's gonna kick you out.
Charlize: Everyone says, 'oh, she has such perfect skin and her hands are so beautiful', as if I'm this kind of untouchable creature. But I have never thought of myself as this exquisite thing. I think of myself as a very approachable woman. But people used to think that when I said that I grew up on a farm it was this schtick, just me trying to say, 'look, I'm really a normal girl'.
Charlize: South Africa is my home and will always be in my roots.
Charlize: I've always been very proud to be a South African and I've always been very honest to people about that. And whatever I can do in my power I promise you I will do.
Charlize: (asked if she might be interested in directing one day) Look, if somebody had said to me ten years ago 'would you produce?' I would have said 'no way!' and I think that is the nice thing about this industry, is that there are all these options and you don't know what is going to blow your whistle. I'm not going to say 'no, never..' but it's not something I want to do right now. It's not something that I feel I'm ready for. I like the production aspect of it, I like learning and I feel if I'm ever going to do that I need to learn a lot more. So it's not something that I'm thinking about right now, but it's been a great ride so who knows?
Charlize: That's going to be me! Watch out, Arnie! (On being the next action heroine)
Charlize: It was insane but it was so much fun, especially the fact that I was the only girl with all these boys. They said: 'We should give her some extra weeks because she's a girl', and as soon as I heard that, I said: 'Let's take a week off!' (On driving the Mini Cooper in The Italian Job)
Charlize: When this script came along, it was sent to me and I knew he was already cast. Then he called me and said: 'You have to come and do this. It's not a serious movie. We can have some laughs, have a good time.' And I just like being around him, plus he's a phenomenal actor. (About The Italian Job and Mark Wahlberg)
Charlize: This was happening all over the world and still happens all over the world. And the thing to be proud of is that they were the ones who changed that. After that, we had a great time with them. They were phenomenal. They were so open. They were willing to give us any information and they just kept saying, 'Please, tell the truth'. And it was our responsibility to do that. (About the work on North Country and the research for that movie)
Charlize Theron: During my 20s at auditions, I felt I had to prove that I wasn't just pretty, that I had acting chops. Now I don't do that anymore. I know who I am.
Charlize: It became evident to me that everything about her physically was a mirror or a map to what she had gone through emotionally. It became clear to me if I understood her emotionally and I got to a place where I could build the foundation of that world, then the physical stuff would come to me. (On learning how to become a 'monster')
Charlize: It was not like we sat down at the first meeting and Patty said, 'Look you are going to have to gain 30lbs. Let's make some teeth.'(On the work with Patty Jenkins in "Monster")
Charlize: I had a sex scene with Keanu Reeves in Devil's Advocate, but I turned into a different girl in the middle of it. The other had better breasts than I did. I was very upset about that.
Charlize: We are not planning a wedding. Still, everytime we get the Irish papers there is something in them about the wedding Stuart and I are supposedly having. It's like the perfect wedding with the flowers and music and Keanu Reeves walking me down the aisle. I read about it and think 'wow, these Irish sure know how to do it - even when they're making it up.
Charlize: I don't feel it's my job anymore to be nice. In the beginning, if a stranger said, 'your movie was great', I thought we had to be friends.
Charlize: I really don't understand why anyone would think that you have to be physically perfect to be in movies, because it's so not true. When you look at the amount of MTAs [model-turned-actresses] that are successful, it's a minute proportion. You might get in the door for a couple of years playing the beautiful girl, but then Hollywood is going to be done with you.
Charlize: I don't really like wearing bras. There's not a lot to put in them.
Charlize: I can't see myself with anybody who takes things too seriously or can't have a decent laugh about himself.
Charlize: I love cutting flowers and working in the garden. I like doing dishes. I can become obsessive about mundane things like cleaning out my closet, which is so lame.
Charlize: It is in a box. I am redoing my floors at the moment, so I had to put it somewhere safe. That is what an Oscar brings. I am able to re-do my floors.
Charlize: There are so many unwanted children on this earth and its our job to take care of them. And if we don't, we're doing the world a disservice.
Charlize: Nelson (Mandela) said to me that he thinks he's not getting into Heaven, I said, if you don't get in, I am screwed.
Charlize Theron: You need to surround yourself with people you really do trust and people who really love you who are willing to show you your flaws.
Charlize: At first I found it really hard using three different English accents: South African, faking the American, faking the accent required by the job. I decided to make it easier for myself and just do one .. I haven't lost my culture, just my accent.
Charlize: I suppose there is this little bit of a wild child in me just from growing up on a farm and having parents who were mechanics .. I do like to think I've evolved since then.
Charlize (On fiancé Stuart): Well, I am like this far away from jumping on the couch like Tom Cruise, but I am not gonna do that!
Charlize: There's only so much you can do, but if somebody doesn't give you a chance there is nothing you can do.
Charlize: I think of myself as a highly sexual creature, I have to use that, I like it.. I didn't grow up with a mother telling me what I had under my clothes was bad or evil.
Charlize: I feel really lucky to have the body I have; I love it!
Charlize: If they ever do my life story, whoever plays me needs lots of hair color and high heels.
Charlize: You can live vicariously through the characters you play.
Charlize: I've never wanted to be a celebrity. I didn't know what a celebrity was until I came to America.
Charlize: Women have conquered the world. And with everything we go through, it's about time we had a female president. I don't think we're that far away, but it should have happened already. I wouldn't be surprised if Hillary Rodham Clinton runs - I really admire her.
Charlize: (On marriage) I'm happy for people who want to get married but it's not my thing. I'm extremely happy in my relationship and I would love to have kids.
Question: You're dating Stuart Townsend. Do you encounter any drama dating a fellow actor?
Charlize: We're both simple people and we like our simple lives.
Charlize (On why she loves her upcoming movie Aeon Flux): It really deals with the big human questions like 'Why are we here?' 'Why do we exist?'
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