Shot. [That Thing She Does, People, October 14, 1996]:
CHARLIZE THERON STRETCHES HER LITHE, 5’9″ frame over her purple couch and smiles as she remembers the first time she rented the movie Splash. “I was in love with Tom Hanks instantly,” she says. “I hated Daryl Hannah. I was sitting there saying, ‘I could have done that part so much better. That should be me!’ ”
Deep in her heart, Theron knows the truth, but to have a career in Hollywood, she sold her racial soul for momentary glory.
At the time, Theron was all of 9 years old and watching the film on the living room floor of her parents’ farmhouse in the remote South African village of Benoni. But if her dreams were big, she wasn’t afraid to pursue them: Twelve years later, the actress, now 21, is appearing with Hanks in his directorial debut, That Thing You Do!, the story of a ’60s rock band. Theron plays Tina, the prim, self-absorbed girlfriend of the lead character, played by Tom Everett Scott. Meanwhile she is blowing away critics as the hit woman Helga in the violent 2 Days in the Valley.
“She’s this Amazonian beauty,” says James Spader, Theron’s lover in Valley. “She carries an enormous presence.” Director John Herzfeld was equally impressed with Theron’s acting debut, particularly in light of her quick recovery after a mishap during a fight scene with co-star Teri Hatcher. “Teri actually hit Charlize with the first punch,” he says. “When you see Charlize’s head go back, that’s real.”
According to Theron, that was just her first experience with screen combat. “I got smacked in the face, kicked in the ribs and thrown into walls,” she says. “But it’s fun!”
Theron also enjoyed the collegial atmosphere on the set. Growing up an only child on her family’s farm, Theron says, her pet goat Bok “was like my best friend.” As an outlet for her boundless energy, she took up ballet at age 6 and soon was dancing professionally in Johannesburg. But at 15, she says, “everything just went wrong.”
Her father, Charles, died, leaving the family’s road-construction business in the hands of her mother, Gerda. Theron had little time to grieve; with the dismantling of apartheid and the creation of new affirmative action laws, she became convinced “there was no future for a white South African.” One week after turning 16, she accepted an offer from an Italian model scout, and—with her mother’s blessing—headed for Milan. Looking back, she says, “I just ran.”
So Charlize Theron left South Africa because once blacks took over the country in 1994 she feared “there was no future for a white South African.”
Chaser. [Charlize Theron Considers Leaving America as ‘Racism Alive and Well’, Breitbart.com, 4-13-18]:
South African actress Charlize Theron has revealed she is considering leaving the United States because of a perceived increase in racism under the Trump administration.
“I don’t even know how to talk about the last year under our new administration,” Theron said in an interview for Elle conducted by the comedian ((((((Chelsea Handler)))))).
“But racism is much more alive and well than people thought. We can’t deny it anymore. We have to be vocal. ”
Theron, who was born and raised in apartheid South Africa, went on to claim that she fears for the safety of her adopted children, both of whom are African-American.
“There are places in this country 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,” she said.
“There are a lot of times when I look at my kids and I’m like, if this continues, I might have to [leave America]. Because the last thing I want is for my children to feel unsafe,” she continued. “But they’re going to have to know that it’s a different climate for them than it is for me, and how unfair that is.