Charlize Theron: When your kids think you’re cool it feels better than an Oscar

Charlize Theron continues to prove that not only is she a badass on the screen but that she a fierce mother too. Charlize adopted two Black daughters, Jackson in 2012, and August in 2015. In a recent profile in Essence, Charlize credited the Black women that keep her check while raising her daughters. Charlize is starring as Morticia in The Addams Family 2 animated movie, out this week. In a conversation with Britain’s The Mirror, Charlize said that the character resonated with her because of the way Morticia speaks to her children, as if they are adults. Charlize went on to say that her kids thinks that it is cool that she is in the Addams Family movie and that having her daughters think that she is cool is better than the feeling from winning an Oscar. Below are a few more details from The Mirror:

For Charlize Theron’s two children there’s no contest – it’s the batty lady in black and the Oscar can go Fester in a cupboard.

Actress Charlize, 46, is in no doubt which is coolest with daughters Jackson, nine, and August, six – and she’s delighted.

“I can tell they are quietly pretty chuffed their mum is Morticia,” said the star who plays the spooky matriarch in The Addams Family 2, out this week.

“As a mum who, like all mothers, wants their kids to think she’s cool, it’s a feeling no Oscar can replace.”

The actress, worth around £117million, adopted Jackson in 2012 and August in 2015. And she says her clan share many of the same values as The Addams Family.

She explains: “I’ve always made sure they know exactly who we were as a family, what we stand for and what our values are. Kindness and treating others in the way you want to be treated is how to go through life.”

She even draws parallels with the way she and Morticia talks to the kids. She said: “She speaks to them the same as she speaks to adults – something my mother did with me and I do with mine. There’s no googly talk.

[From The Mirror]

I love reading stories about Charlize and her children. She has become somewhat of a mama bear which I am sure has a lot to do with her Leonic energy. Leos are fierce protectors of their pride. I also love how Charlize loves her girls by putting in the extra work to make sure they love themselves, their features, their hair and their culture. That says a lot about her. I also like the fact that Charlize does not dumb herself down for her children. It seems bizarre when parents only speak to their kids in “googly talk” as she mentioned. For Charlize her daughters’ love and approval is the ultimate prize and that is a beautiful thing. I am looking forward to The Addams Family animated movie. I am sure Charlize is amazing as Morticia (I didn’t get to see the first one). I also look forward to more tales from Theron’s home.

Side Note: I think it is absolutely bizarre how British media is obsessed with counting people’s money.


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  1. I pet goat 2 says:

    I really like that you’re writing about this, oya! Transracial Adoption can go wrong so quickly, and it’s great to hear that it seems like Charlize knows well about the specific dynamics, knows her limits, and is doing her part to give her daughters the life they deserve.
    For anybody interested, I’ve learned a lot about the topic (amongst others) through nowhitesaviors (Instagram account)

    • Jill says:

      Nowhitesaviors is a great account to follow. I’m a white adoptive mom of 2 Black boys (now teens) and I am SO IMPRESSED with Charlize Theron and how she’s parenting her girls. My .02 to any parent who is considering transracial adoption is to put your pride and defensiveness aside and sit yourself down at the feet of the women of your child’s culture–in my case Black women–and LISTEN. And parent the child you have, not the child you always imagined you’d have.

      • Agreatreckoning says:

        Your last sentence is a really good point that relates outside of transracial adoptions. Parenting in itself. I’ve seen that with parents who want their child to be the next great famous athlete when the child is more interested in other things that are not sports related.

      • Justwastingtime says:

        Thanks for the tip on Nonewhitesavers. Going now to look as I can always learn more.

  2. Noki says:

    They love counting peoples money because they have a bunch of freeloaders living in palaces. When someone is rich especially self made its alien to their reporting.

  3. Lucy2 says:

    I thought the money, it was odd as well! Charlize seems like a great mom. And I just watched the Old Guard again last week, she is so good in that.

  4. Lisa says:

    We’ve always talked to our kids like adults too! I mean, Im sure I should have cut back on my gutter mouth but they have to know the bads words to know not to say them in public, right? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  5. Hell Nah! says:

    Godspeed Mama Bear!

    p.s. Charlize’s ability to doll up is stunning.

  6. Merricat says:

    You don’t have to dumb down your language for children, just repackage/simplify the content when it is too sophisticated.

    • Dierski says:

      +1 Exactly – kids are smart, and know right away when you’re dumbing things down, or leaving information out. Light edits in a parent’s language go a long way.

  7. Summergirl says:

    I’ve always talked to my kids in a normal voice too, and as a result they hate it when adults use that overexpressive, condescending voice. It also means they have good vocabularies! I remember when I was a kid, my friend’s mom referred to herself in the third person (“Mommy”) constantly to my friend and it sickened me.