[[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica South African]]-American actress, born August 7, 1975, best known for such movies as ''Film/{{Monster}}'', ''Film/{{Hancock}}'', ''Film/{{The Italian Job|2003}}'' remake, ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'', ''Film/AeonFlux'', ''Film/TheRoad'' and ''Film/YoungAdult''.

!!This actress provides examples of:
* AmoralAfrikaner: AvertedTrope.
* BeautyInversion: Her role in ''Film/{{Monster}}'', which won her an [[AcademyAward Oscar]].
* EruditeStoner: Was once photographed by paparazzi making a bong out of an apple.
* FakeNationality: Charlize has yet to play someone who's actually South African (although her character in ''Film/MightyJoeYoung'' lives in Africa, she's American).
* FanDisservice: Beautiful as she is, she's not really known for doing ''enticing'' nude scenes...
* {{Fanservice}}: ...But for every ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'' or ''Film/{{Monster}}'' there's a ''Film/ReindeerGames'' or ''Film/TheCiderHouseRules'', among several other exceptions to the above.
* LargeHam: In both ''Monster'' and ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman''.
* NoPronunciationGuide: In trailers and media appearances, her last name is pronounced "Ther-ON." If you encounter any white South Africans (Afrikaners) and mention her by name, they will go out of their way to remind you that her name is pronounced like "throne."
* RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor: She won an Oscar for playing serial killer Aileen Wuornos in ''Monster'' and later portrayed the evil witch in the film mentioned above. In contrast, she has been involved with numerous charities.
* OneOfUs: Apparently, she's hugely into ''Series/GameOfThrones''.
* OldShame:
** She isn't fond of being in ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCornIIIUrbanHarvest'' - then again, seeing as her death scene in it was like [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles a Tentacle Hentai]] [[{{Squick}} gone horribly]] [[FanDisservice HORRIBLY wrong,]] you really can't blame her.
** She doesn't care much for ''Film/ReindeerGames''.
* UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica: Became famous at a time when it still wasn't very popular to be white and from South Africa, thanks to apartheid. When she hosted ''Saturday Night Live'' during the 26th season (2000-2001), Tracy Morgan pointed out that technically Charlize Theron is African-American (despite looking like she could pass for white European), since she was born in an African country and came to America.
** Jay Leno made the same joke after she won the Oscar, saying that she was the second African-American woman (after Halle Berry) to win Best Actress.