Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron has been fighting for marriage equality, but said in a recent interview on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight show that the actual marriage ceremony has never been something that was important to her.
“Marriage was never something that was important, I don’t know the reason for that. Some would say that it’s because I came from a very troubled marriage, my parents did not have a good marriage, but I don’t think it’s that,” said Theron.
The word “troubled” would be an understatement as a quick look at the actress’ past reveals that Theron’s mother shot and killed her alcoholic father in apparent self defense when Charlize was only 16 years old.
In addition to sharing her thoughts on long-term relationships, 35 year-old Theron also discussed her support for marriage equality rights for same-sex couples.
“When government starts to tell us who can love and what is good love… I do have a problem with that,” Theron said. “I do have a problem with the fact that our government hasn’t stepped up enough to make this federal, to make [gay marriage] legal. I think everybody has that right.”
Theron, who received an Academy Award in 2004 for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in “Monster,” split from her Head in the Clouds co-star and boyfriend of 10 years, Irish actor Stewart Townsend, in 2010.
See a clip of Theron’s interview with Piers Morgan below: