Charlize Theron reveals terrifying details about the night her mother killed her drunk dad in self-defense as he SHOT at them through the bedroom door
- Charlize Theron is opening up about the night her mom killed her dad in self-defense and why she’s ‘not ashamed’ to talk about it in public
- The Oscar-winning actress was just 15 when her father Charles stormed into the family’s home near Johannesburg armed with a gun
- He shot several times through a bedroom door with the actress and her mother on the other side
- During all the frightening drama, her mother Gerda Theron, grabbed her own handgun, shot back, and killed him
- After an investigation, the 1991 shooting was legally adjudged to have been self-defense, and her mother did not face any charges
Charlize Theron has opened up about the night her mom killed her dad in self-defense and why she’s ‘not ashamed’ to talk about it in public.
The Oscar-winning actress was just 15 years old when her dad Charles Theron stormed into the family’s home near Johannesburg, South Africa and fired several times through a bedroom door with the actress and her mother on the other side.
‘My father was so drunk that he shouldn’t have been able to walk when he came into the house with a gun,’ she told NPR.
She went on to share that both she and her mother were in her bedroom when her father tried to push his way through the door.
‘He took a step back and just shot through the door three times. None of those bullets ever hit us, which is just a miracle.’
Tragedy: Charlize Theron, 44, opened up about the night her mother shot and killed her father in self-defense when she was a teenager in 1991
During all the frightening drama, her mother Gerda Theron, grabbed her own handgun, opened fire in retaliation, and killed him.
‘But in self-defense, she ended the threat,’ the Monster star added.
After an investigation, the 1991 shooting was legally adjudged to have been self-defense, and her mother did not face any charges.
Theron’s father had a long history of being an unpredictable drunk, she revealed.
‘My father was a very sick man. My father was an alcoholic all my life. I only knew him one way, and that was as an alcoholic,’ she explained.
The Mad Max: Fury Road actress, 44, made a point of asserting that she’s not ashamed of talking about the tragic event in public.
‘This family violence, this kind of violence that happens within the family, is something that I share with a lot of people,’ she said.
Freighting: Theron was just 15 when her mother shot and killed her father in self-defense; she is pictured several years before the tragic event
‘I do think that the more we talk about these things, the more we realize we are not alone in any of it. I think, for me, it’s just always been that this story really is about growing up with addicts and what that does to a person.’
Theron also confessed that she perceived her family dynamic as a youngster as a ‘hopeless situation.’
‘I think our family was an incredibly unhealthy one. And all of it, I think, scarred us in a way. Of course, I wish what happened that night would have never happened. It’s unfortunately what happens when you don’t get to the root of these issues.’
In the past Theron has credited her mother with helping shape her into a strong and brave woman.
Also during her NPR interview she talked more about being sexually harassed by a ‘very famous’ movie director in 1994.
She has named the man before, but the interview seems to have been scrubbed from the internet with Theron even admitting it cannot be dug up at this point.
In her new interview, she said she felt shame over the way she handled the man’s advances.
He asked her to come to his home on a Saturday night and when he opened the door he was in silk pajamas. He offered her a drink and rubbed her knee, she said.
‘I was just starting out; I didn’t know the ins and outs, and said to myself as I was driving there at 9pm … Maybe that’s how they do it in the movie industry?’
Theron added: ‘You don’t [know what to do] … if you haven’t experienced it, it’s a very difficult thing to wrap your head around. I wasn’t even fully convinced this was sexual harassment until later in my career.
Theron, left, stars in Bombshell, along with Nicole Kidman, center, and Margot Robbie, right
Charlize Theron’s Megyn Kelly (left) is virtually indistinguishable from the real-life TV personality (right), who left Fox News in early 2017
‘I put a lot of blame on myself … that I didn’t say all the right things, and that I didn’t tell him to take a hike, and that I didn’t do all of those things that we so want to believe we’ll do in those situations.’
She also apologized to him. ‘I remember saying, “I’m sorry that I have to leave,” because I was trying to remove myself from the room.’
Eight years later he offered her a role and she met with him because she thought she could confront him.
‘I was going to have the moment I didn’t have with him,’ she told NPR.
But he didn’t want to talk it over. ‘[He] just moved on from the conversation, he just didn’t want to address it. At that moment, it was clear to me that it wasn’t his first time and that he had been doing this before and that other women had called him out. His way of handling it was just to talk over it and about the project.’
A winning mood: Theron was seen in New York City on Tuesday as she headed to CNN
Beaming on her way to another interview: On Monday she stopped by Good Morning America where she talked Bombshell some more
She added, ‘Unfortunately, it was not the moment I so wanted. There was no reward in it … I’ve heard this repeatedly in hearing other women’s stories, and that is the unfortunate thing about sexual harassment. You never get that moment where you feel like the tables are reversed and now he’s finally getting it.’
Theron is promoting her new move, Bombshell.
The actress has received rave reviews from critics for her ‘frighteningly’ accurate portrayal of Megyn Kelly in the film, which charts Roger Ailes’ downfall at Fox News.
The film chronicles the events leading up to Ailes 2016 ouster from the network.
It is through the accounts of three women who accused him of sexual harassment – anchors Kelly (Theron), Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) and Kayla Pospisil (Margot Robbie), a composite character who serves as a voice for female staffers whose claims were silenced.
Bombshell triumphed in cultivating a cast that bears striking resemblance to real-life characters, with Theron transformed into a body double of Kelly, Kidman as a slightly less believable but still similar Carlson and John Lithgow as an uglier, pudgier version of Ailes.
Critics who screened the movie ahead of its December 20 theater debut agreed that the production value of the $35million film was undeniably impressive, but were divided about how well the compelling true story was translated to the screen.
Theron has admitted she was ‘conflicted’ about playing Kelly as she is ‘uncomfortable with some of the stuff’ the newscaster has said.
The actress – who played serial killer Aileen Wuornos in 2003’s Monster – said playing newscaster Kelly, who spent the bulk of her career on Fox News and who was fired from NBC in 2018 for defending blackface, left her ‘conflicted’.
But she says she ‘admired her sharpness and her wit’ and was impressed with how she ‘fearlessly took it to Trump’.
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