Charlize Theron says extreme racism in some parts of America means she might have to leave the country with her children.
In a recent interview with Elle magazine, the South African actress talked about how she came to the US to pursue the American dream, and how the narrative has shifted now that she has two kids to take care of.
Theron adopted 6-year-old Jackson in March 2012 and 2-year-old August in July 2015. She talked to Chelsea Handler during her interview about what it meant to raise two black kids in America’s current political environment, given the Black Lives Matter movement.
“I don’t even know how to talk about the last year under our new administration. But racism is much more alive and well than people thought. We can’t deny it anymore. We have to be vocal,” she said.
She also talked about how she does not feel comfortable taking her kids everywhere, which is an adjustment for her to make.
“There are places in this country where, if I got a job, I wouldn’t take it. I wouldn’t travel with my kids to some parts of America, and that’s really problematic,” she explained.
Theron went on to say that if this problem continues, she might have to leave the country with her kids. The actress currently lives in Los Angeles.
“There are a lot of times when I look at my kids and I’m like, If this continues, I might have to [leave America]. Because the last thing I want is for my children to feel unsafe.”
The actress also referenced how her own childhood has influenced the way she thinks about race and color today.
“Being raised during the apartheid era in South Africa made me so hyperaware of equality and human rights. Of course, I have two black kids, but that was always something I was passionate about,” she said.
She said her first priority is that her kids feel comfortable with their past and confident about themselves and their history.
She highlighted how it was tough to explain to her kids that they might be treated differently than her some day just because of the color of their skin; “Building confidence for them right now is an oath I made to myself when I brought them home. They need to know where they come from and be proud of that.”
“But they’re going to have to know that it’s a different climate for them than it is for me, and how unfair that is. If I can do something about that, of course I’m going to,” she added.
Charlize’s upcoming movie, Tully, comes out on May 4, 2018.