Charlize Theron has opened up about the night her mother shot her father dead in self-defence.
In a profile interview with the New York Times, Theron weighed in on the incident where her father who had come home drunk threatened her mother, Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz, and used a gun. He began firing the weapon and Gerda used her own gun in the process, resulting in his death.
Theron was only 15 years of age when the incident occurred.
"I survived that, and I’m proud of that. I’ve worked hard for that, too," Theron revealed to the publication.
"And I am not scared of that. I am not fearful of the darkness. If anything, I am intrigued by it, because I think it explains human nature and people better."
Theron then compared the incident to her role as Aileen Wuornos from the movie Monster – a role which earned the SA-born actress an Oscar.
"People like Aileen Wuornos that people just want to label and, like, shove under a rug. Nobody wants to examine that human. Nobody wants to look at that person and say, ‘But why did this happen?’ I’m fascinated by the why. Because in many ways, I am here today because of the why."