In 1991, as an act if self-defense, her mother shot her father dead. At age 16, Theron traveled to Milan to model; she soon moved to L.A. and was cast in a B grade film. Theron became an American citizen in 2007, while retaining her South African citizenship.
Theron and Townsend say they won't marry until same-sex couples are also able to have their relationships legally recognized.
“I went to New York for three days to model, and then I spent a winter in New York in a friend's windowless basement apartment. I was broke, I was taking class at the Joffrey Ballet, and my knees gave out. I realized I couldn’t dance anymore, and I went into a major depression."
"I was in tears one day because I couldn't sit next to her. ... I actually got a lot of the mean-girl stuff from the ages of 7 to 12. I was pretty much a mess in primary school. But I got that out of my system by the time I got to high school and was more immune to all of that stuff”.
. In 1999, Theron landed a string of roles in notable films, including The Astronaut's Wife opposite , and The Cider House Rules with . In 2009, she will appear in the film version of 's The Road.