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Charlize Theron Details Her Mother Shooing And Killing Her Alcoholic Father When She Was 15 Years-Old

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By Clark Sparky

Charlize Theron opened up about the details of her rough upbringing with an alcoholic father, and about the night her mother, Gerda, shot and killed him in self defense.

The actress was a guest on NPR this week to promote her forthcoming film, Bombshell, when she went into detail about the night her dad was killed.

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"My mom and I were in my bedroom leaning against the door, because he was trying to push through the door," she said. "So both of us were leaning against the door from the inside to have him not be able to push through. He took a step back and just shot through the door three times. None of those bullets ever hit us, which is just a miracle. But in self-defense, she ended the threat."


Theron said that she only ever knew her dad as an alcoholic which led to a very unhealthy upbringing that was often unpredictable.

"My father was a very sick man. My father was an alcoholic all my life. I only knew him one way, and that was as an alcoholic. ... It was a pretty hopeless situation," Theron continued.

"Our family was just kind of stuck in it. And the day-to-day unpredictability of living with an addict is the thing that you sit with and have kind of embedded in your body for the rest of your life, more than just this one event of what happened one night. I think our family was an incredibly unhealthy one. And all of it, I think, scarred us in a way. Of course, I wish what happened that night would have never happened. It's unfortunately what happens when you don't get to the root of these issues," she said.

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"This family violence, this kind of violence that happens within the family, is something that I share with a lot of people," she added.

"I'm not ashamed to talk about it, because I do think that the more we talk about these things, the more we realize we are not alone in any of it. I think, for me, it's just always been that this story really is about growing up with addicts and what that does to a person."

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