Academy Award-winning actress, Dior spokeswoman, humanitarian, and mother, Charlize Theron is one of the most recognizable names in Hollywood. A recent interview with WWD gave us an insight into the mind of an actress who is as magnetic as she is beautiful. Here, we select some of the best outtakes from her intimate conversation on motherhood, the meaning of beauty, and why her philosophy on fashion makes her girlfriends happy.
WHY WOMEN GET BETTER WITH AGE
“It’s ironic that we’ve built the beauty world around 20-year-olds, when they have no […] concept about wisdom, what life is about, having a few relationships below [their] belt and feeling hardships, to grow into [their] skin and feel confident within [themselves] and to feel the value of who [they] are, not because of a man or because of something like that.”
HOW SHE DEALS WITH A LIFE OF EXCESS
“I’m incredibly lucky, people are very generous and sending (sic) me stuff. I never take that for granted, but I’m always very aware that I’m one person and I can’t wear everything.The idea of stuff just hanging in my closet and not being used — there’s a little bit of the African in me that gets bothered by that [somewhat].
WHAT REAL BEAUTY MEANS TO HER
“I’ve seen it in the 10 years that I’ve worked with Dior [that] there’s never been a moment—I have maybe gained weight or shaved my hair off or done something for a film—[that we couldn’t] integrate [that] into what we were doing here. There’s always been a celebration of what is that moment, whoever I am at that moment in my life. [It] is a very real way of looking at beauty. [If you want to] ask the question what is beautiful? It’s the life that you lead. It’s the life that all women lead.”
MARRYING MOTHERHOOD WITH HER CAREER
“…Pride comes from a place of real acknowledgment that somebody’s actually living their life for themselves, and I want to be that example for my son. I want him to grow up with a mom that he could see and look at her life with all the mistakes and with all the failures and all the flaws and say, ‘My mom lived an authentic life. That was the life she wanted to live.’”