Why Charlize Theron Is ”Not Ashamed” to Focus on Household Violence

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Charlize Theron is a strong woman in and outside of the camera.

The Oscar winner is already making waves for her latest film Bombshell, which tells a poignant story about sexual harassment at Fox News. And while the 44-year-old icon is known for portraying fearless characters and taking on cross-border roles, she remembers that this isn't always the case.

Theron spoke in a very sincere interview with NPR about growing up in an "unhealthy" family environment. If anything, she explains that an incident at home resulted in her mother killing her father in an act of self-defense, which the Bombshell star shared earlier.

"My father was a very sick man. My father was an alcoholic all my life," says the actress. "I only knew him in one way, and that was as an alcoholic … It was a pretty hopeless situation. Our family was just stuck in it. And the everyday unpredictability of living with an addict is the thing that you are with and embedded in your body for the rest of your life, more than just this one event of what happened in one night. "

"I think our family was incredibly unhealthy. And in a way, everything has drawn us. Of course I wish what had happened that night would never have happened," she continues. "Unfortunately, what happens if you don't get to the root of these problems."

About the incident, Theron explains that her father came home after a long night of drinking and things were changing for the worst.

"My father was so drunk that he couldn't have gone when he came into the house with a gun," she says. "My mother and I were sitting in my bedroom leaning against the door trying to get through the door. So we both leaned against the inside of the door so he couldn't get through. He took a step back and only three times shot through the door. "

" None of these bullets ever hit us, which is just a miracle, "she adds. "But in self-defense, she ended the threat."

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It is no problem for the Oscar winner to tell her story if it means helping others.

"This family violence, this type of violence in the family, is something that I share with many. I am not ashamed to talk about it, because I think the more we talk about these things, the more we find that we are not alone in any way, "explains Charlize. "I think it was just always the case for me that this story is really about growing up with addicts and what that means for a person."

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As a mother of two children, the 44-year-old star feels blessed to have her in her life. However, as a single parent, she hopes to live in a world where there is less stigma.

"Everything I hoped for during my adoption process happened because these two babies were meant to be my life in the world," she says. "And they are my children."

"This concept of what a family looks like and what constitutes the" right "family or a" strong "family, or what we think it should look like," she continues. "In many places – and I even think of many people and in America – it still feels very traditional, in the sense that every child should have a mother and a father."

"We slowly wound our heads around the idea of ​​two mothers and two fathers, but not so much around the idea of ​​a single parent. It's just so unfortunate," she says. "I know so many people who would be incredible parents. My fight was a little easier due to my circumstances, but I would want it for all women who want to share their lives and be part of another young child's upbringing."

For more information on domestic abuse or help for yourself or someone you love, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website (http://www.thehotline.org/) or call 1-800-799 -7233.

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