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Ten great Charlize Theron quotes

Charlize Theron can migrate to the furthest corner of the earth but she will always be proudly South African.

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Charlize Theron is probably the first actress to bring some aspect of intellect to the perception of blondes in Hollywood. She is not only an actress. Over the years, Theron has played a vital philanthropic role and used her voice to bring a range of humanity’s ills to light.

Also, without sounding too possessive, she is also one of our own. She is never shy in admitting that she is proudly South African and unlike most (we won’t mention any names), she does return home every now and then when her schedule allows her to.

Who is Charlize Theron?

If you are South African then you will know who she is. However, we do attract those who were born after the year 2000 so we will have to try our best to surmise Theron’s illustrious careers into a couple of paragraphs.

Theron is a 43-year-old South African-born Hollywood megastar. She has won it all, the Golden Globe award, the Academy Award, just to name a few.

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Through her production company, Denver and Delilah Productions, Theron has also produced a number of critically-acclaimed films like The Burning Plain (2008) and Dark Places (2015).

She was born in Benoni, in the province now known as Gauteng. She grew up on a farm and after realising her dreams were on screen and not anywhere else, she took the major leap and left for Europe to pursue a modelling career, which later saw her migrate to the United States where her acting career was born.

According to Theron, her entry into the film industry was really a chance encounter that she never saw coming but that’s a story for another day. Since her breakthrough role as the wife of Keanu Reeves on the timeless film, The Devil’s Advocate, she has grown to become an iconic figure in Hollywood.

The most important aspect of her career was her role in affecting change in Africa. In 2007, Theron launched the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), an organisation that seeks to help eradicate the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Her philanthropic work gained her the recognition she deserved and in 2008, she was named one of the United Nations Messenger of Peace. Her work never stopped there though. Since then, she has had her hand in fighting issues related to abuse against women and children, poverty and sexual violence.

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Ten Charlize Theron inspirational quotes:

Theron’s colourful career has seen her stand on many podiums. While most were digesting less of what she was saying and more of her flawless beauty, some were left in awe of how smart she actually was.

Here are ten of Theron’s quotes from AZ Quotes that will inspire you in some way or another to be better, to be like Theron:

On hard work and creativity – a Facebook post she wrote on 31 March 2012

“I don’t think you can create anything interesting from a comfort zone. You have to work from a place of fear and failure”.

On why she is drawn to acting – Press conference of ‘In the Valley of Elah’ 11 September 2007

“I do this because I’m an observer of people. That’s why I want to be an actor. I’m fascinated by human beings and the circumstances they find themselves in.”

On her dreams of travelling the world – Interview with Grant Rollings from ‘The Sun’

“I grew up in South Africa and I would look at maps and we were at the bottom of the world. There was this whole thing up there. I was always reading encyclopedias about the world. So travel was something I was always attracted to.”

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On feminism in the film industry Elle interview on 5 May 2015

“We just need to put our foot down. This is a good time for us to bring this to a place of fairness, and girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing. It doesn’t mean that you hate men. It means equal rights. If you’re doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way.”

On relationships and sexuality Glamour magazine interview with Skip Hollandsworth

“I’ve always said that I worry about being with a man who doesn’t flirt.”

“I’ve had good friends who got married after they’ve been together for years and they’ve said that it was the “next step” for them. Or, they’ve said, “You just can’t bail out anymore.” And I’ve wondered, What made you think you could just bail out before [the wedding]? You don’t invest that kind of time and energy with somebody and then just go, “All right, see you later.”

“I’ve always been comfortable with my sexuality. I’m blessed to have been raised by a woman who never made me feel ashamed about what’s underneath my clothes. That’s a part of me and I don’t run away from it.”

On her work Elle interview with Rebecca Traister

“Well, life is dark. We live in a very dark world. When they call them “dark films” it annoys me, because they’re very real stories. They’re stories I have seen or experienced or witnessed, and coming from that place, that is the hope of humanity.”

On her marriage beliefsHuffington Post interview, 18 May 2012

“I treat my relationships like marriages. The ceremony isn’t that important to me.”

On her activism – Interview with Glamour magazine

“I grew up during apartheid; there was never a day in South Africa that was just great. I love that I’ve had success as an actor and producer, but I know the thing my children will know most about is the work I’ve done with HIV. Success in life is all about humanity.”