Charlize Theron Used To Have A Huge Crush On Tom Hanks

Mad Max: Fury Road star Charlize Theron used to have a huge crush on Tom Hanks. She even, if you can believe it, has a restraining order from his wife.

When the South African actress was growing up, she became infatuated with Tom Hanks and often imagined herself in the role played by one of his glamorous female co-stars.

According to Charlize Theron, she grew up watching Tom Hanks movies, including the 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle and the 1998 movie You’ve Got Mail. In her imagination, she saw herself playing the role occupied by equally beautiful blond actress Meg Ryan in both films.

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As reported by the Winnepeg Free Press, Charlize said, “He was like a ‘boyfriend’. When I was eight, I would walk around like I was one of the girls in a Tom Hanks movie. So I have a restraining order from his wife!”

Reportedly, when Charlize was at the Academy Awards last month, she didn’t mention her crush when bumping into Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson. However, she was thrilled to be able to present the award for Best Original Screenplay together with her co-star in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Emily Blunt.

According to Charlize Theron, when her 5-year-old son, Jackson, watched the Oscars ceremony on TV, he couldn’t understand why his mother didn’t win one of the iconic golden statuettes. However, reportedly he was happy when Charlize showed him the award she won for her performance in the gripping 2003 film, Monster, where the actress looked nothing like her normal, beautiful self.

Talking on an Italian chat show Che Tempo Che Fa, Theron said she went to the Oscars to present the award with Emily and how her son now understands things better after watching the awards on TV.

“He noticed that everybody won an Oscar, so when I came back home, he was like, ‘Mum, you didn’t win anything!’ So I literally told him, ‘Come with me’. I took him in the living room and I told him, ‘Look at it, you see that? Your mom won.”

She told the interviewer that she had lived in Milan in Italy when she was 16 and spent several years there and “loved it.”

Charlize Theron went on to say she was once a model and made her own way with that, but she would have loved to be a dancer. She said she went to New York for a modeling job and ended up taking dancing lessons, explaining how tough life was for her there and how lucky she is that her career has progressed like it has.

Her appearance on Che Tempo Che Fa can be viewed below, in the Italian language, but you can hear Charlize speak in English.

Meanwhile, Charlize Theron recently made headlines after GQ quoted her as saying pretty people don’t always get the roles. According to Theron, her good looks have actually stood in the way of her acting career.

Vogue quotes Theron as saying there is a surprising reverse-prejudice in Hollywood against attractive women when hiring actresses for the heavier-hitting roles.

“When meaty roles come through, I’ve been in the room and pretty people get turned away first.”

Charlize went on to say that she was previously judgmental towards women as they aged, saying that in our current society women are compartmentalized so that “we start to feel like we’re cut flowers, and after a while, we will wilt.”

“I realize now that’s not the case — we can celebrate every age.”

She went on to encourage 20-year-olds who are scared of getting older, saying, “Don’t have a nervous breakdown, and don’t hit the chardonnay too hard. Getting older is not that bad.”

Speaking of self-worth, Charlize Theron said looks were never emphasized in the house she was raised in, saying, “I don’t think my mom ever said, ‘Isn’t she a pretty girl?’ She’d say, ‘You should hear her sing. You should read this poem she wrote.’ The praise was always about what I’d done, not how I looked.”

Theron went on to stress the importance of self-acceptance, saying no matter how others see you, you have to wake up to yourself every morning.

“And I really love myself. I’m comfortable in my skin. But there are some mornings when I look in the mirror and go, ‘Not so good.’ Then other times when I get my hair and makeup done, I stand at the mirror and go, ‘I like it. It’s hot.’ And I think all women do that.”

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