Charlize Theron – “She was running the show and I want to be like that”

Charlize Theron admires her mother as a role model, and a woman with strong individuality.

“It was the greatest thing she has given me. I don’t think she knows that. I don’t even think she set out to teach me that.

“That’s just how she lived her life and what she encouraged me to do. She was a great mother but at the same time she was very much an individual. She ran a business.

“I always say to my friends who are so torn between having a job and leaving kids behind to go to work that their kids will thank them one day.

“That will be the thing that will inspire them, because I remember watching my mom put her suit and high heels on and go into a board meeting with eight guys.

“She was running the show and I was like, I want to be like that. She always encouraged me to be an individual, to have my own philosophy.”

Continued in my article She Is Running The Show.

In addition to her powerful and acclaimed acting, Theron has worked on a number of her films as producer or executive producer.

Theron is also an active member of PETA, and in 2007 founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) [Facebook] which works to keep African children safe from HIV/AIDS.

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Many other high ability people have strong needs for meaning in life, have strong moral convictions, are highly sensitive to justice and other social issues, and take actions to benefit society.

See my page Self-tests : giftedness / high ability for lists of personal qualities and characteristics.

[Photo: Charlize Theron, right, and her mother Gerda at a basketball game. From]

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