She's a statuesque blond beauty and an Oscar-winning actress, but Hollywood is a far cry from the South African farm on which Charlize Theron grew up.
"I don't think anybody could dream that big," she told Hello! about how much her life has changed through the years.
Now, it seems the star of the mystery Dark Places and Seth McFarlane's comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West has all her ducks in a row, with her happy two-year-old son Jackson and a romance with longtime friend Sean Penn, 53.
But did you know Charlize didn't always plan on being an actress? And she shares a certain tattoo with her mother, Gerda?
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