TRUST Trivia: Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron has become this summer’s “It Girl” after her widely celebrated performance as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road. The actress first showcased her talent and versatility with her Oscar-winning role in Monster (2003). Now, over a decade later, she continues to impress with genre-breaking female characters.

It turns out this badass starlet is as inspiring in real life as she is on-screen, as we take a closer look in this week’s TRUST Trivia:

Made in South Africa

Theron was born in Benoni, Transvaal Province in South Africa in 1975. Her first language is Afrikaans, a West Germanic language with Dutch roots.

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This beauty actually had an awkward phase

Theron never quite fit in as a child. In an interview with People she mentioned that while growing up, her best friend was her pet goat, Bok.

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She got punched in the face by Will Smith…

Accidentally, of course! The two were working on The Legend of Bagger Vance at the time. Smith was preparing for his role as Muhammad Ali, and accidentally punched Theron after she asked him to show her some moves. Ouch!

She has a soft side, too!

Theron is the proud mom of an adorable 3-year-old boy named Jackson, who she adopted in March of 2012.

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She’s the queen of good causes

Theron is a well-renowned philanthropist and has championed many causes, including PETA. She is also a UN Messenger of Peace, focusing on ending violence against women and children.

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She has already made history

Theron is the first South African actress to win an Oscar. In 2004, she won the award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Monster.