Charlize Theron Gets Candid About the Unglamorous Life of Motherhood (Exclusive)

Charlize Theron is actually opening up about motherhood!

When ET chatted with the 42-year-old actress at a press day for her latest movie, Gringo, we couldn’t help ourselves through asking about another project she has within the works — a drama opposite Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass as well as also also Ron Livingston.

InTully, a film directed by Jason Reitman in which’s set for Discharge on April 20, Theron plays Marlo, a completely new York suburban mom with two kids who’s about to give birth to her third. The movie follows Marlo’s life as a mother of three, as well as also also the tight bond she forms with the babysitter, Tully (Davis). As a mother of two children in real life (a son, Jackson, as well as also also daughter, August), Theron already has plenty of experience trying to balance life as a mom with her career.

“in which’s a very honest look at parenthood,” she told ET’s Kevin Frazier. “I think we’re breaking through a lot of barriers right at This particular point, as well as also also in which’s great. However, we’re at the surface in which we’re talking about [things] in which weren’t necessarily happening 10 years ago.”

“I think there is actually an element to being a parent in which is actually somewhat assumed, as well as also also if in which doesn’t go by in which assumption, then you’re just automatically a terrible parent,” she continued. “I think the biology of what happens to a woman’s body after she carries a baby — in which’s different for each as well as also also every single woman — nevertheless I don’t think we acknowledge enough of just how different in which is actually as well as also also in which’s OK. in which doesn’t mean anything some other than you’re going through a stage, as well as also also you will get on the some other side of in which, as well as also also then things change.”

Theron told ET in which she actually had a close friend who went through two pregnancies with severe postpartum depression. 

“in which just destroyed me to see This particular vibrant, beautiful, strong friend of mine just kind of lose herself completely,” she recalled. “in which was supposed to be her happiest moments in her life, as well as also also she genuinely struggled with who she was as well as also also her connection to in which little baby. in which just took a toll on her body.”

“I think we try as well as also also do in which in a tone in which’s very Diablo Cody [the screenwriter for Tully], so in which’s not crazy serious,” she added. “We genuinely make fun of a lot of in which stuff, nevertheless I think through producing fun as well as also also producing light of in which, in which’s actually almost more real as well as also also in which’s what I love about the movie. in which’s definitely not a glamorous look.”

ET also spoke with David Oyelowo, who stars alongside Theron in Gringo. Like Theron, he’s a father of two, as well as also also believes there’s genuinely no preparation for parenthood.

“I remember my wife as well as also also I came home with our very first child as well as also also we had This particular cot for him, as well as also also he literally occupied the corner of in which,” he shared. “We came home as well as also also in which was the moment [we realized] This particular child is actually dependent on us for everything. Everything in its entire world, as well as also also in which was genuinely both frightening as well as also also exciting as well as also also exhilarating. nevertheless the gift I found in which children give you, particularly in our business which is actually so self-obsessed, is actually selflessness. You suddenly have to just think outside of yourself perpetually, as well as also also in which’s a real gift.”

Gringo hits theaters on Friday, March 9.

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