Actress Charlize Theron has finally opened up on who really persuaded her to take up a career in acting. The actress revealed that it was her who greatly mother influenced her to pursue acting after her stint as a ballerina did not work out the way she had planned.
Theron came to international prominence in the 1990s by playing the leading lady in the Hollywood films The Devil’s Advocate (1997), Mighty Joe Young (1998), and The Cider House Rules (1999). In 2003, she received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the first South African to win an Oscar in a major acting category.
A hugely successful star , Theron starred in several top-grossing action films, including Hancock (2008), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Prometheus (2012), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017), and Atomic Blonde (2017).
“I was a ballerina from the time I was four years old and I thought that’s what I’d always do. I left South Africa at 16 and studied abroad and supported myself by modelling. I ended up in New York and soon realised that my career was over and my knees had said goodbye to me and I’d never thought of a plan B,” Theron told Notebook magazine when asked if she always wanted to be an actress.
The 43-year-old star says it was her mother Gerda, who told her to try her hand at acting, after noticing how her daughter was struggling to make a name for herself in the ballet world, reports femalefirst.co.uk