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Charlize Theron: ‘I benefited because of my right skin colour’ in South Africa



Charlize Theron: ‘I benefited because of my right skin colour’ in South Africa


Charlize Theron has spoken up about her childhood in apartheid-era South Africa, claiming that having the “right” skin color helped her.

During a recent interview on the National Public Radio (NPR) podcast, Theron discussed her upbringing on a farm near Benoni during the apartheid era.

“It’s a lot to reconcile with when you realise that you benefited under an administration, a nation, a country because you had the ‘right’ skin colour,” the 44-year-old actor added, “it’s a lot to reconcile with.”

Charlize Theron (Image: Getty)

“I benefited. My life was more comfortable because of the suffering of a lot of people who just by chance were born in the ‘wrong’ skin colour. That was a lot for me to carry, it still is. It’s something I’ll carry for the rest of my life.”

She stated that because she was always surrounded by black people who lived on her parents’ farm, she was not completely aware of the consequences of apartheid until she was in her teens.

Theron stated that she would be invited to sleepovers at friends’ houses, but their parents would decline when they learned that the actor’s family farm employed black employees.



Charlize Theron to Receive American Cinematheque Award



Charlize Theron, a Hollywood actress, will receive the 2019 American Cinematheque Award.

The Oscar-winning actress, producer, and humanitarian will accept the 33rd annual American Cinematheque Award on Nov. 8 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, according to the organization. Every year, the major Hollywood award is given to an A-list performer.

“The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Charlize Theron as the 33rd recipient of the American Cinematheque Award at our celebration this year,” said American Cinematheque chairman Rick Nicita. “Charlize Theron is making a significant contribution to the art of motion pictures while breaking through outmoded limitations on what an actress and producer can do.”

Since her debut in “The Cider House Rules,” the South African actor has demonstrated her versatility. She got another Oscar nod for “North Country,” in which she played a serial murderer in Patty Jenkins’ “Monster.” As Imperator Furiosa in George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” and as the titular character in “Atomic Blonde,” she displayed her athletic capabilities. On “Young Adult” and “Tully,” she worked with director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody. She also received praise for her current SXSW smash “Long Shot.”

Hundreds are anticipated to attend the November fundraiser, which will also include the presentation of a second prize, the Sid Grauman Award. The winner of that award is yet to be revealed. Paul Flattery is the executive producer of the American Cinematheque program, while Irene Crinita is the producer. The event’s producer is Corrinne Mann. The event’s co-chairs and presenters will be revealed at a later date.

Previous American Cinematheque Award honorees include: Eddie Murphy (1986), Bette Midler (1987), Robin Williams (1988), Steven Spielberg (1989), Ron Howard (1990), Martin Scorsese (1991), Sean Connery (1992), Michael Douglas (1993), Rob Reiner (1994), Mel Gibson (1995), Tom Cruise (1996), John Travolta (1997), Arnold Schwarzenegger (1998), Jodie Foster (1999), Bruce Willis (2000), Nicolas Cage (2001), Denzel Washington (2002), Nicole Kidman (2003), Steve Martin (2004), Al Pacino (2005), George Clooney (2006), Julia Roberts (2007), Samuel L. Jackson (2008), Matt Damon (2010), Robert Downey Jr. (2011), Ben Stiller (2012), Jerry Bruckheimer (2013), Matthew McConaughey (2014), Reese Witherspoon (2015), Ridley Scott (2016), Amy Adams (2017) and Bradley Cooper (2018).

Theron, 43, will next be seen as Megyn Kelly in Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes film, which she is producing through her production company, Denver & Delilah. Theron’s studio is also directing The Old Guard, a feature she’s presently shooting based on the comic book series by Greg Rucka and artist Leandro Fernández.




  1. brian korbelik

    October 21, 2021 at 1:37 am

    Charlize Theron benefitting from the right skin color in South Arica?
    Uh yeah, DUH!!!!

  2. boer

    November 10, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Oh yes, she definitely benefitted from apartheid SA. I remember watching her on TV in SA being selected the winner of a beauty contest that put her on the path for becoming an A-list actress. If it were a multiracial country back then, it would have been a black girl selected and Charlize would now just be another plaasjapie.

  3. John

    August 25, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Not likely, Charlize is prettier than any black South African I’ve ever seen.

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