Charlize Theron on talking to her kids about race: 'I want to raise two little warriors'

  • Charlize Theron says we shouldn't be shielding our children from racial injustice.
  • "I think it's important for us to stop hiding in the shadows and pretending like nothing is going on," she said, revealing she's spoken to daughters Jackson and August about race amid protests in the US.
  • The Old Guard star said she wants to raise "warriors" and has had "really hard, honest conversations" with her girls as a result.


Charlize Theron got candid about parenting her daughters amid protests in the US.

The 44-year-old is mom to Jackson and August and says it's been a "difficult" time to be a parent with everything going on.

"I think all parents, we want to believe we have time. And the world has kind of shaken me in a way that I realise that I don't have time," she told Entertainment Tonight while promoting her new Netflix film, The Old Guard.

"There was a moment where I felt like a little piece of my children's innocence was taken from them during this period because I had to sit down with them and have really, really hard, honest conversations about some really ugly things in our world today that they need to know. I want them to know because I want to raise two little warriors," she said.

"The most incredible thing is that I've seen a change in this period. I'm incredibly proud of them. They've been in situations now in the last month where they've really kind of shown their integrity and their heart. They're incredibly special. I'm lucky in the sense that they could handle the conversation."

She added that it's important that parents talk to their kids about what's going on instead of shielding them. "For parents out there, this is the moment where I think we shouldn't be shielding our children. I think it's important for us to stop hiding in the shadows and pretending like nothing is going on. I think we can do it in a way where we're not traumatising our children but where we're inspiring our children," she said.

"My girls know that they have a place in this world and they need to stand up tall and strong and proud and that's the most important thing right now."

The Bombshell actor is producing and starring in The Old Guard, which is set for release on Netflix on 10 July. The film follows an army of immortals who fight in some of history's most famous battles and has a new warrior join their team. Black actor KiKi Layne was cast in the role.

"KiKi is a reflection for my girls and that's important," Charlize said. "We need more of that." 

SEE CHARLIZE THERON IN THE TRAILER FOR THE OLD GUARD HERE