We spend a lot of time scrutinizing celebrity going-ons; it’s kind of our job as members of the general public. For sure, it’s exciting when they do bad things or weird things, but more notable when they do good. And lots of celebrities are out there doing good. It’s no surprise that Charlize Theron is one of them. Her twitter handle is @CharlizeAfrica (Charlize is South African) and she uses it exclusively to promote awareness about charities, fundraisers, and the other work of her organization, the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. Read an excerpt from a personal message Charlize recently shared on her organization’s website…
When young people anywhere are threatened, our future is threatened. The youth of Africa are particularly at risk. If Africa is ever to free itself from the stranglehold of the HIV epidemic, it’s critical that we support efforts to prevent HIV among its youth.
In Zulu, there’s a word, “Ubuntu,” which translated means, “I am because we are.” It’s the idea that to be human is to be interconnected with one another. As we are united, I believe we all have a responsibility to help each other. Together, standing in solidarity with those on the front lines in Africa, we can make a difference.
You can read the full message here.
Charlize Theron has always been a favorite of mine. I first saw her in The Devil’s Advocate and then bawled my eyes out when she played Sara in Sweet November, then got my mind blown away when she transformed into serial killer Aileen Wuornous in Monster. Her performance was without a doubt one of the best our generation has seen, and that Oscar was well-deserved. Regretfully, I haven’t seen her in Young Adult but I heard great things and plan to watch it, in like five minutes on Amazon Instant Video.
I completely agree with one of our readers (Jonathan), who recently wrote, “…she comes across as awesome. It’s like she doesn’t take fame or the spotlight too seriously.” Charlize definitely seems down to earth. Rather than basking in her fame, I think she chooses to take her celebrity position more seriously, as a way of creating change in a world that, in many ways, desperately needs it.
Charlize Theron stars in two major movies this summer; Snow White And The Huntsman and Prometheus, which premieres today. Watch the trailers and get deets on both films on PITNB’s Summer Movie Guide.