"I Can See The Big Picture"

Charlize Theron says that therapy has helped her create a better life for both herself and her kids, Jackson and August. The Long Shot actress shares her story with Marie Claire.


“My 20s were like, ‘You can die, so get it done.’ I always felt like there was a clock ticking, like everything was life and death, and I’m not a citizen, so if I don’t make it [it’s over],” Charlize shares. “I didn’t discover therapy until my mid-30s. My reasons for going had a lot to do with [growing up in] South Africa and uncertainty and living with an alcoholic every day of my life.”

Therapy taught Charlize Theron how to be at peace and how to live in the moment. “What I discovered was that my life was an all-encompassing thing,” she explains. “It showed me that I can see the big picture and understand the reason to get to a place where I could create a life for my own kids.”

Creating a life for her kids, Jackson and August, means having a balance. “My 20s were really about getting a lot of stuff out of my system — wanting to experience the world, do drugs, travel to Turkey for four months with a backpack … and I did all of that, so by the time I had kids, I was really ready,” Charlize says. “You don’t want to be 80 and on your death bed and wonder what might have happened. If I die tomorrow, I’m at peace with who I am in my life.”

Charlize Theron adopted her oldest child, Jackson, back in 2012. The actress adopted her second child, August, in July 2015. Stay tuned for more celebrity mom news!

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Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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