Charlize Theron shares 'heartbreaking' conversations she's had with her Black daughters about racism

George Back
·Producer, Yahoo Entertainment
·1 min read

On Monday night, Charlize Theron appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where she opened up about some of the difficult discussions about racism she has had with her two daughters, Jackson Theron (age 7) and August Theron (age 5), who are both Black.

With systemic racism and police brutality being at the forefront of the national consciousness, Theron felt it was a topic she needed to discuss with them.

“I feel that this is such an important moment for them, for all of us,” said Theron. “I wanted them to have an awareness of how unfair and how unjust all of this is.”

Theron discussed the death of George Floyd with the girls, as well as other victims of racism, and the actress became emotional while recounting the conversations.

CENTURY CITY, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 04: Charlize Theron attends Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling - The Stars, The Parties And The Power Brokers  at Annenberg Space For Photography on February 04, 2020 in Century City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Charlize Theron attends Vanity Fair: Hollywood Calling - The Stars, The Parties And The Power Brokers, 2020. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

“I think it was heartbreaking at first,” said Theron. “They couldn't understand that people would let something like that happen.”

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Theron has encouraged her children to join in protests, and she is proud of the little advocates that they have become. “They became very active in protesting and wanting to make signs and wanting to actually go on protests,” said Theron. “They've become little warriors in their own life.”

Charlize Theron’s new film The Old Guard is streaming on Netflix now.