Charlize Theron quotes

Mama monster: Five of our favourite Charlize Theron quotes

Us South Africans love Charlize Theron, an incredible actress, mother and most importantly, a South African that, despite her American accent, is very proud of where she comes from.

Charlize Theron quotes

South African actress Charlize Theron has come an incredibly long way since her days growing up in often traumatic circumstances in Benoni. Going from strength to strength, Charlize is still nabbing big roles in Hollywood in 2018.

With her career in the “A League” of movies now spanning well over 10 years, we thought it would be a good time to look at back at some of the finest Ms Theron quotes over the years. Some are funny, some are serious and others are oh so wise, that’s Charlize in a nutshell.

Charlize Theron quotes: A SA star abroad

Daddy’s proud mechanic

Being a celebrity, you get invited to all these glamorous events across the globe. For Charlize, she likes to mix the glitz with things that remind her of home. Growing up in Benoni, that was cars.

“My dad was a mechanic and built cars in the backyard so that whole kind of car culture is something that I’m very familiar with.”

“You realize that you come from that family when at eight, you know what a spark plug does and your friends don’t. I loved it. My dad used to build these little go-karts when I was really young and I loved racing them. And I would beat the boys all the time, she told

The importance of self-love

For millions of people, accepting themselves for who they are is a daily struggle. Whether it’s wanting to change your appearance or just doubting in your own abilities. Charlize offered this powerful take on things.

 “What most people don’t realize is that no matter how others see you, you have to wake up to yourself every morning. And I really love myself. I’m comfortable in my skin. But there are some mornings when I look in the mirror and go, ‘Not so good.’ Then other times when I get my hair and makeup done, I stand at the mirror and go, ‘I like it. It’s hot.’ And I think all women do that.”

I want to fight like a girl

This one says it all really. With rampant misogyny and sexism still all too prevalent. Charlize reminds the world that doing things “like is a girl” is often the best way to do them.

“I don’t want to look like a guy and I don’t want to fight like a guy. I want to fight like a woman. And I think a lot of times women get a lot of crap for dressing sexy. Like, ‘If you want to be taken seriously, don’t dress like that.’ And it’s like, ‘No! You know what? I’m a woman, and I can wear this miniskirt and these six-inch heels.’”

The awareness from Apartheid 

Charlize has two adopted black children and has recently been very open about what means to her. Growing up in Apartheid South Africa and now living in Ameria where racism seems to be having a resurgence, the star voice her concerns to CNN.

“But racism is much more alive and well than people thought. We can’t deny it anymore. We have to be vocal. There are places in this country [America] where, if I got a job, I wouldn’t take it. I wouldn’t travel with my kids to some parts of America, and that’s really problematic.”

Afrikaans and swearing still runs deep in her blood

This one is our favourite but also the most naughty Charlize quote. During a recent interview show where you eat incredibly spicy chicken wings, Charlize left the US host confused when he asked for some Afrikaans. He wanted some swearing, Charlize had South Africans in stitches.

“How nasty do you want me to be?” Charlize asked. “Get nasty!” the host begged. Well instead of typing this one, we will just leave you to watch it for yourself. See if your brain can process Charlize’s effortless switch to “jou ma se” Afrikaans.

Charlize, your home country loves you. Please bring us back one more Oscar…