13 of Charlize Theron’s most dramatic style transformations

By Ava Baccari

As Charlize Theron rings in her milestone 40th birthday today (Aug 7), the stunning Oscar-winning actress will be blowing out her candles with a very special guest by her side. Just this week, it was confirmed that the Mad Max: Fury Road star had adopted a second child, a baby girl named August. And she’s clearly a welcome addition to the family as Charlize was spotted out in in Los Angeles with son Jackson, 4, who proudly wore a T-shirt inscribed with the words “Big Brother Jackson” on it.

Charlize adopted her first child, four-year-old Jackson, in 2012. Photo: © Getty Images

The actress hinted at the idea of expanding her family this past May, saying, “I’m so open to anything in my life. I was never like, ‘Oh god no just one.’ I was always kind of open to whatever kind of happens.” She worked with an adoption agency in the United States for six months before taking custody of the child in July.

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News of Charlize’s growing family comes on the heels of her split from rumoured fiancéSean Penn in June. The couple, whose friendship turned romantic in December 2013, seemed to come to an abrupt end after the pair attended the Cannes Film Festival in May. They were most recently spotted filming re-shoots for their filmThe Last Face in Cape Town, but there appeared to be no sign of reconciliation.

Sean Penn and Charlize Theron reportedly split in June following a year and a half romance. Photo: © Getty Images

The starlet has little time to worry about speculation about her love life, now that she has her hands full as a mother-of-two. As she enters a new chapter in her life, Charlize is determined to be happy and confident in a business where aging and cosmetic surgery goes hand in hand. The South Africa native has made the conscious decision to abandon her fears of getting older, telling W Magazine that, “I think, like many women, I was judgmental toward women as they aged. Women, in our society, are compartmentalized so that we start to feel like we’re cut flowers and after a while we will wilt,” adding, “I realize now that’s not the case—we can celebrate every age. That’s my encouragement to 20-year-olds who are terrified of getting older: Don’t have a nervous breakdown and don’t hit the Chardonnay too hard. Getting older is not that bad.”

And if anyone can handle the glare of the constant spotlight, it’s the always-poised Charlize. Today we celebrate the many facets of one of Hollywood’s most talented stars and her bold and daring transformations over the years—whether it was for an Oscar-winning role or glamming it up on the red carpet, Charlize has proved time and time again that she’s one of the most versatile actresses in Hollywood.

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