Charlize Theron Says Giving Up Acting Career For Motherhood Would Be A ‘No-Brainer’

Charlize Theron
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If actress Charlize Theron was forced to choose between her career and motherhood, she said she’d pick the latter.

The 47-year-old mom of two adopted children made the comments during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s my life, and I want to participate in it,” Theron said when asked how she likes to “do s***” herself.

She went on to discuss the difficulties in juggling between her mother and actress roles but made clear which matters most.


“One thing that early tragedy brought me is the realization that you don’t have forever. You just don’t. And it’s easy to be like, ‘Oh, it’s one movie,’ but then it’s another movie and another. And I don’t want to sound like I’m carrying some message on my sleeve, but I do think for women, we worry [that] if we don’t work harder and we don’t keep pushing, we will never quite arrive. And it is exhausting. I never feel like, ‘Oh, I can just f***ing enjoy this.'”

“But you do get more perspective as you get older, and, at almost 50, it does get easier,” Theron continued. “And my kids help. I love being a mom more than I like being an actor or a producer. And I never thought I would say that. If somebody said to me tomorrow, ‘You can’t do both,’ would I be sad to give up acting? Of course. But it would be a no-brainer for me.”

Theron is one of many celebrities whose child identifies as transgender. As The Daily Wire previously reported, the actress adopted one of her children, Jackson, in 2012. Theron recalled treating the child as a boy until the age of 3, which is when she decided her son was really a girl. 

“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” Theron told the Daily Mail in 2019. “Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said, ‘I am not a boy.’”

“My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be,” the actress said of her children. “And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.”

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