Charlize Theron: Hollywood Queen Who Almost Gave Up

Charlize Theron is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood; certainly one of the highest paid. Her abundance of talent has made her the best bet for action roles; she interprets fight scenes probably better than anyone else; as seen in the movies Mad Max, and The Old Guard.

She is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood; and has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Golden Globe Award. She has also been named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. This is the era of Cherize Theron; every other actress is working during her reign.

But it wasn’t always this way; she almost gave up on her dreams because things were just not working out.  For the purpose of inspiration we want to share the story of Charlize Theron; her days of struggle, which are often left out when Glamour Magazines write about her. Hopefully, someone somewhere will find a reason to carry on.

Charlize Theron: Hollywood Queen Who Almost Gave Up

The Days Of Struggle

Charlize Theron was born on August 7, 1975, in Benoni, Transvaal, South Africa. Her parents owned a road construction company, meaning she did not suffer financially. However, as a young girl she suffered some health issues including jaundice and a particularly bad case of tooth rot.

Furthermore, her father was an alcoholic, and in a drunken fit of rage, he threatened both Charlize and her mother, firing a gun at them. Her mother was able to retrieve her own weapon, and shot him, killing him in the process. There were no charges; it incident was adjudged to have been self defense.

In her teens her health improved well enough for her to go to boarding school; she was sent to  National School of the Arts in Johannesburg.

A Desperate Situation

Charlize Theron once confessed to having stolen bread from a baker just to survive for the day. This is how it happened; even though she wanted to be a dancer, she was open to other opportunities. A modeling contract she won took her and her mother to Italy; but she also worked throughout Europe. However, the contract was for only a year.

After that, she moved to New York City in America, to pursue a career as a dancer. She trained at the Joffrey Ballet School, but her knees gave out, and that career path closed.

This brought about desperation. She became very depressed, but then her mother came over from South Africa and said: “Either you figure out what to do next, or you come back home because you can sulk in South Africa.” That was all the motivation she needed to get off her back.

Charlize Theron then flew to Los Angeles with a ticket her mother bought for her. She would spend the next couple of months desperately trying to find her way around Hollywood. She lived in a motel on a $300 budget from her mother, and it was the inadequacy of this money that led to the stealing of the bread as described earlier.

A Glimmer Of Hope

One day, when Charlize Theron went a Hollywood Boulevard bank to cash some cheques; one from an agency in New York, and the other sent by her mother to help with the rent, she found that the cheques were rejected because they originated from outside the state, and she was not a US Citizen.

Luckily, the customer behind her was talent agent John Crosby. He cashed the cheques for her, and gave her his business card. That chance meeting with Crosby was the pivot point; he introduced her to an acting school, and in 1995, she landed her first movie role in the horror film Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest. Her role in that film was a non speaking one.

She got her first proper role a year later; it was 2 Days In The Valley (1996), and she played the hitwoman Helga Svelgen. That launched her career, and soon she was starring alongside top actors Keenu Reeves and Al Pacino in The Devils’ Advocate.

Charlize Theron Today

Charlize Theron is now one of the richest, and highest paid actresses in the world. She is one of the most recognizable faces in the American movie industry, and the recipient of many awards.

She is a philanthropist; The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) was created in 2007. The aim of the project is to support community-engaged organizations that fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, that address the key drivers of the disease, and the sensitize people.  Although the primary concentration of the organization is South Africa, it will also work in Sub-Saharan Africa.

What Can We Learn From Charlize Theron’s Story?

This is a woman who came face to face with hunger; and was reduced to stealing bread to survive. Many people have not even faced the type of deprivation she has seen, and yet they have given up. Charlize Theron did not; she held on to her dreams, and was rewarded with success, the scope of which she could not have imagined at the time.

With that kind of determination, it is possible to overcome anything. As Robert H Schuller once said “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

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