Actress Charlize Theron has dropped the biggest revelation this week after revealing that we’ve all been pronouncing her name wrong this entire time. In fact, she went as far as to say we “aren’t even close.”
Keep scrolling to watch the star explain how to say her name correctly…
She rose to prominence in the later nineties, with leading roles in The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999).
Newer Theron fans may recognize her best from the Mad Max: Fury Road and Snow White & The Huntsman. Theron also runs her own independent film company called Denver & Delilah Productions.
And, on top of her acting range, she’s also pretty multifaceted in her appearance.
In 2003, the undeniably stunning Theron donned prosthetics to play serial killer, Aileen Wuornos, in Monster. Her performance earned her an Oscar win – the first-ever for a South African actress.
Along with being hugely talented in many different arenas, Theron is also absolutely beautiful.
She has actually led a deeply troubled life.
“It was only until I was 12 or 13 that I went to an art school in Johannesburg where I really got to witness firsthand absolutely the atrocities of apartheid,” she explained in a 2019 interview.
“And what I discovered while in therapy, trying to save my relationship, was that I had a lot of trauma from being a young child growing up in South Africa during the apartheid era.”
“That was a lot for me to carry; it still is. It’s something that I’ll carry for the rest of my life.”
She also talked about her past sexual assault by a high profile (but as yet unnamed) Hollywood director – another thing that still affects her to this day.
“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.”
“You don’t know that because every time I disclosed his name, the journalist made the decision to not write his name, and it goes to show just how deeply systemic this problem is.”
There’s one that overshadows everything. And Theron bravely decided to speak up on the subject last year.
“My father was a very sick man,” she revealed.
“My father was an alcoholic all my life. I only knew him one way, and that was as an alcoholic.”
“It was a pretty hopeless situation. Our family was just kind of stuck in it.”
“The day-to-day unpredictability of living with an addict is the thing that you sit with and have kind of embedded in your body for the rest of your life, more than just this one event of what happened one night.”
“I think our family was an incredibly unhealthy one. And all of it, I think, scarred us in a way.”
For Theron’s family, there was no happy ending to her traumatic childhood.
“Of course, I wish what happened that night would have never happened.”
And she last year, for the first time, shared the harrowing details of what happened the night her mother killed her father.
“My father was so drunk that he shouldn’t have been able to walk when he came into the house with a gun.”
“My mom and I were in my bedroom leaning against the door, because he was trying to push through the door.”
“Both of us were leaning against the door from the inside to have him not be able to push through.”
“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.”
It seemed to come down to allowing her father to continue or taking drastic action.
“In self-defense, she ended the threat,” Theron explained.
“This family violence, this kind of violence that happens within the family, is something that I share with a lot of people.”
And not talking about these issues leads to a feeling of silence and shame.
She also thinks speaking out about these issues helps others in similar positions.
And, in spite of all the hardships she’s endured, Theron has managed to come out the other side.
Not only is she slated for roles in several upcoming flicks, including the widely anticipated Atomic Blonde 2, but she’s also a successful producer.
And she has garnered a huge, global fanbase to show for it.
… How to correctly pronounce her name.
In fact, she explained that not only are we pronouncing it incorrectly, but that we are very off the mark.
The actress laughed and quipped: “The truth of the matter is those are not even remotely close to the real pronunciation.”
According to the actress, it is pronounced “Throne,” with a slight roll of the “r.”
For more on the star, scroll on to read about her call for gender-neutral award categories…