With just a few months to go until the release of her two big movies “Prometheus” and “Snow White and the Huntsman,” Charlize Theron got back to her roots by covering the April 2012 issue of Women’s Health South Africa.
The 36-year-old actress, who originates from South Africa’s province of Gauteng, looked amazing for the Matthias Vriens shot spread while opening up to the magazine about topics such as not being popular in high school and her Africa Outreach Project.
She talks in her interview about not being popular in high school and I feel like every celebrity says this–that they were an ugly duckling. I just don’t know if I buy it all the time. Some of these celebrities have amazing bodies and are absolutely gorgeous even without makeup and airbrushing, to think that guys didn’t have crushes on them is crazy. On the other hand, it’s nice to hear. Having not been the object of guys affections in high school it’s nice to see that some of the most beautiful women in the world also had poor dating luck. I would love to see high school pics of these celebrities to know exactly what they looked like and how “nerdy” they really were. Usually they are still pretty they just didn’t know how to style their hair or didn’t have highlights or hair dye.
Highlights from Miss Theron’s interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Women’s Health South Africa!
On not being popular in high school:
“I wasn’t part of the popular crowd. I went to an art school, where I was obsessed with ballet and I wore nerdy glasses. Boys don’t like big, nerdy glasses, so I didn’t really have boyfriends, but I had a massive crush on this boy – and a magazine writer who interviewed me went and found him. This guy didn’t know I existed in school, but he told the writer, ‘Yeah, tell her the crush was mutual.’ F**k that! The crush was so not mutual. He was like, ‘Oh, I remember she wore those glasses.’ Eww!”
On her Africa Outreach Project:
“It’s great. We are continuing to find projects that are encouraging preventive care. With this work, it’s like anything in life: if you don’t love it, you shouldn’t do it. I love what we’re doing and I believe in it. Growing up in South Africa, I understand the immediate need, and also feel the neglect of people who have no tools to understand how to prevent becoming HIV-positive. So we’re really trying to encourage existing NGOs to support preventive care.”
On her definition of femininity:
“It’s a matter of attitude – sensuality, grace, elegance and confidence.”
On how she feels about South Africa now:
“It’s a beautiful country and I still consider it my home. It’s one of those places that stays in the heart and soul – it’s always a part of you.”