Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African and American actress and producer.
Workout and Diet
Theron says she’s “lucky I’ve never been a couch potato”, but that doesn’t mean she takes exercise any less seriously. She’s a self-confessed Pilates junkie, saying: “It’s totally changed my body.”
The mother-of-two said she reasons with herself when it comes to physical activity and cheat days, saying: “I’m always calculating my activity. If I haven’t been moving a lot, I can’t eat a lot. Or maybe it’s a cheat day. But I’m honest with myself.”
When it comes to dieting (on a non-cheat day, might we add), Theron said she favours plant-based raw foods. Stars like Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Natalie Portman and Gisele Bündchen have also been known to follow plant-based diets, so Theron is definitely in good company.
She’s also talked about the impacts of an alcohol-free diet, telling Red Magazine in 2017: “I have juices and kale and green salads every day. When I’m eating healthily, getting enough sleep and not drinking alcohol, that’s when I look my best. That’s when I’m happiest, and I think it shows.”
“When I leave to go exercise, my kids will say, ‘Where are you going?’ I tell them that I’m going someplace to make sure my heart works for a very, very long time!”
In conversation with BAZAAR, Theron emphasised the importance of an intensive and consistent beauty routine, especially to combat the stresses of motherhood.
She said: “Now that my kids go to sleep at a certain time every night, I make a real point to take care of my face. It’s not something I did in my 20s and 30s.”
“We wake up really early in my house—5:45AM. I’m a single mum trying to get two kids ready, pack the lunchboxes, and not miss the bus. When I wake up I just rinse my face and put on sunscreen.”
On her go-to products, Theron said: “I use serum, eye cream, and a really good moisturiser.” Her preferred SPF? La Prairie Cellular Radiance Emulsion SPF 30, and La Roche-Posay’s cult sunscreen for super-sunny days, as it “doesn’t leave a film or look white. And it works! I don’t get burned or any pigmentation.”
“I ate a lot of everything, but my drug of choice is potato chips,” she said during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Everywhere. I had a bag in the car, a bag in the bathroom, a bag in the kitchen, a bag on the couch, a bag in my trailer. Everywhere I went, there was just a bag.”
Theron feels that the biggest motivating factor to sustain this healthier lifestyle is her mental health. She told in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres about her unhealthy eating habits for the role in the movie, Tully. It made her “lethargic and tired all the time,” she said. It was so grave that it landed her up in a depressive mode too.
“The hardest thing for me was I wasn’t prepared for how that amount of processed food will affect your mood, and I dealt with depression for the first time,” she said. “What they say about, you know, what you eat is kind of who you are is so true. I ate like a person who just didn’t move, and I felt like that. That was a hard thing to break because it’s more mental than it is almost physical.”