SHE’S preparing to celebrate the big 4-0 next year, and it seems that Charlize Theron has got no problem with getting older.
The South African actress has spoken out about feeling more comfortable in her own skin now that she’s in her late thirties and says that living in Los Angeles certainly helps.
In an interview with Red magazine, the mother-of-one said: “I’ve loved getting older; I really have. That doesn’t mean I don’t have moments when I look in the mirror and find myself going, ‘Oh my god’, but I’m much more at ease looking at myself now than when I was 20 and I had gorgeous skin and a fat, plump face.”
At the age of just 16, Charlize won a modelling contract and hasn’t looked back since after becoming a successful Hollywood actress but she wasn’t always so confident.
“I looked at myself then and I didn’t appreciate any of it,” she said of her younger years.
I was so desperate to, like, have some kind of experience in my life, like not feeling that I came from the world of modelling. It was like I was waiting to look at my face and see life
“Also, there was something about my beauty at that time that almost felt like it was waiting to be this age.
“I was so desperate to, like, have some kind of experience in my life, like not feeling that I came from the world of modelling. It was like I was waiting to look at my face and see life,” she added.
Charlize currently resides in California with her son Jackson, and is also in a relationship with Hollywood actor Sean Penn.
“It helps that I live in LA. There’s a lifestyle there,” she said when asked how she keeps in shape.
“People are always active and outside and I love that. I’ve always loved yoga, as the movements remind me of dancing, so it comes naturally and I like what it does to my body.
“I used to run, but I like spinning a lot more. I probably do yoga three times a week and spinning three times a week, but it has to be flexible.”
As well as staying physically fit, Charlize admitted that she’s learnt how to be strong mentally too.
“I’m strong because I’m not scared of my weaknesses,” she admitted.
“I allow myself to be weak. For women, there’s great strength and bravery in understanding that you can’t be strong all the time and it took me a while, way later in my life, to understand there is real strength in being vulnerable and being OK with that.”