Racism may drive Charlize Theron out of Hollywood

  • 14/04/2018

Charlize Theron is considering leaving Hollywood for her children's safety.

The South African actress has two adopted children, both black, and says the last year under the Trump administration has been tough.

"Racism is much more alive and well than people thought," the Atomic Blonde star told Elle.

"We can't deny it anymore. We have to be vocal. There are places in this country where, if I got a job, I wouldn't take it. I wouldn't travel with my kids to some parts of America, and that's really problematic.

"There are a lot of times when I look at my kids and I'm like, If this continues, I might have to [leave America]. Because the last thing I want is for my children to feel unsafe."

Donald Trump's first year as US President was sullied by the rise of the alt-right movement and questions over Mr Trump's response to it.

Theron says it's "unfair" that she - as a white woman - is living in a "different climate" than they are.

"If I can do something about that, of course I'm going to."

Elsewhere in the interview she said it's time men stopped running the world on their own.

"I was just on a film where there wasn't one woman in the sound department, and I was like, No! We have to hire smarter," she told Elle.

"In saying that, I don't want to ever sound like I'm doing women a favour. I'm not carrying some mission on my sleeve. But there are women out there who are fucking crazy talented. And I'm hiring them because they are the best at their job."

Her comments echo those of New Zealand politician Julie Anne Genter, who recently sparked controversy by saying if others are to succeed in business, "old white men" will have to make way.