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Charlize Theron Opens Up About a 'Very Traumatic Experience' In Her Past

Charlize Theron Opens Up About a 'Very Traumatic Experience' In Her Past

Charlize Theron is opening up about a tragedy in her past that helped her connect to her role in Dark Places.

When the 39-year-old actress was just 15 years old, her father Charles attacked her mother Gerda. Gerda shot Charles to death in an act of self defense. Charlize referenced this horrific incident in a recent interview with French television network TF1.

“I did experience a very traumatic experience, an event, in my life. And somehow it’s formed me,” Charlize said. “My character goes through this ordeal when she’s 8 years old, and it really is examining what trauma does to a child, especially when she’s expected to speak about it. And that’s definitely something I can relate to, that’s definitely something I’ve experienced in my life. As far as events go, they’re very similar. There’s a murder [in the film], while my situation was a very unfortunate incident with self-defense.”

In a past 2004 interview, Charlize also spoke about the incident, saying “I think, for me, it took a long time to sink in, what had really happened, because you just don’t think stuff like that will ever happen to you. You always think it happens to somebody else. It’s a part of me, but it doesn’t rule my life.”

Also pictured inside: Charlize running some errands on Wednesday (April 8) in Los Angeles.

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  • Ugonna Wosu

    good for her!

  • sid

    I can’t wait for this movie!

  • jason

    i’ve heard this story a million times, get over it

  • Jo Anna Kalber

    Seems to me having a violent father and witnessing his deserved demise might have steered her away from a hothead idiot like Sean Penn. One wonders about the psychological damage and its ramifications when it comes to life-partner choices……

  • Rima

    What million times??? She speaks about it only once in 2003 ,when a journalist asked her about it, it’s the media who kept talking about it, and this time the french reporter asked her about it due to t he smilarity with dark places, so shut your big non sense mouth when you know nothing, if you had been through the same drama as her i doubt you will get over it and succed as her

  • Ugonna Wosu

    She herself doesn’t talk much about it, others do. It related to the question she was asked, and it takes a soulless person to tell someone to just “get over” a tragedy.

  • Rima

    She is such an inspiration, a real lesson of courage, to all the people who goes through such a horryfing drama, she is an example to follow, especially when you heard a bunch of spoiled hollyweirds born in beverly hills wanting to commit suicide because they were bored and doing some crap for attention, and then you see this strong survivor who chooses to love life and then give back to others who gone through the same dramas, she succed and make a name by her own , by her talented work, and not because of a famous boyfriend or famous parents, thats why a respect this decent class actress she is unique if not rare.

  • Ugonna Wosu

    I agree!

  • Rima

    A hothead wouldn’t be living with a same woman for more than 20 years and have two normal kids.

  • Mr.Sardonicus

    1)You didn’t have to read the story.
    2)Most people don’t get over a traumatic event that happened in this life.

  • Close

    Poor her. These things resonate years after. And she has the right to talk about it.

  • 55vineyard

    I had never heard this story myself until now, so not sure what “million” times you are talking about.
    On topic, I am so very sorry she had to witness this ordeal.

  • 55vineyard

    I had never heard this story myself until now, so not sure what “million” times you are talking about.
    On topic, I am so very sorry she had to witness this ordeal.

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    So, the use of a firearm in self-defense saved her mom’s life and maybe saved Charlize’s life too, but she’s an advocate in America against the evils of legally owned firearms? Bitch, STF down.

  • FerCat

    Imagine what it was like for her before that shooting. How awful it must have been leading up to that incident. By age 8, what was her normal?

  • Ugonna Wosu

    The use of a gun was why her father was attacking them and why her mom needed one to defend herself. I guess we each have our ways of interpreting things. :)

  • xyz

    after all this,isn’t she dating a man that beat someone up for 9 hours?!!

  • https://twitter.com/thedreadofpenny Penny Dreadful

    Well, fair enough.

  • Jo Anna Kalber

    Better check with Madonna……

  • Ugonna Wosu

    Madonna seems to like Sean to this very day.

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