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Charlize Theron: '20-year-olds have no f**kin' concept about wisdom'


In a recent interview with Women's Wear Daily, actress Charlize Theron candidly revealed her thoughts on beauty and getting older.

"It’s ironic that we’ve built the beauty world around 20-year-olds, when they have no f--kin’ concept about wisdom, what life is about, having a few relationships below [their] belt and feeling hardships, to grow into [their] skin and feel confident within [themselves] and to feel the value of who [they] are, not because of a man or because of something like that. And I think that’s such a beautiful thing."

The 39-year-old actress, who's a mother to adopted son Jackson, also went on to discuss how men and women are viewed differently as they grow older.

"That’s why I think people say women come into their prime in their 40s. And then for some reason our society just wants to go…it’s like a dead flower. [She pulls a flower from a vase.] It’s like we wilt for some reason."

However, she did suggest that it's through women being more confident in themselves as they age that will give them strength.

" I think that women find their strength and power in their sexuality, in their sensuality within, [through] getting older and being secure within that."

Charlize and fellow actor Sean Penn have been dating since early 2014

The Monster star, who is known for changing her body shape for her more demanding roles, also revealed why she doesn't mind changing her physical appearance for her job.

"I’ve had to gain a lot of weight for movies, I’ve had to drop weight really fast for movies. I’ve had to learn accents or embody physical behaviors or twitches and things like that. And sometimes you take to some things easily and sometimes [not]. That’s the challenge of the job."

Read the full interview with Charlize on WWD.com

(Images: Rex Features)



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