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Charlize Theron is intrigued by the darker side of humanity

2014-10-21 20:00

Los Angeles - Charlize Theron has become more enticed by "darkness" since becoming a mother.

The 39-year-old actress - who adopted her two-year-old son Jackson as a baby - admits that while motherhood causes many women to adopt a more optimistic view of the world, she has become more "aware" than ever before.

The South African explained: "People assume that once you have a child you will naturally veer away from the darkness, but I have found the opposite.

"Being a mother is the only thing I have experienced where the reality has surpassed my expectations of how great it would be, but the last thing I want to do now is to close my eyes to everything.

"My quest has always been to understand humanity in all its glory - its beauty and darkness - and I've become more enticed by that side of things since becoming a mother: I am very aware."

The Monster actress - who is in a relationship with Sean Penn - also admitted the intense nature of many of her movies means he will not be able to enjoy her work until later in life.

She joked to You magazine: "Other than my J'adore campaign, my son won't be able to see any of my work until he's about 53! I've made my peace with that."

Here is an example of Charlize's golden work her son may enjoy:

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