Charlize Theron: "I Didn't Wish" to Be a Single Mom

The actress, who adopted baby Jackson in March, says she always knew she'd adopt -- but never thought that she'd be a single mother

When Charlize Theron adopted her son Jackson in March, she was fulfilling a life-long dream.

"My mother found [a letter I wrote]. It said, 'Would you please take me to orphanage, so that I can go and adopt a baby?'" the 36-year-old Snow White & the Huntsman and Prometheus star tells Australia's Madison magazine. "I always knew I would adopt. Always."

She just didn't know she'd do it alone. Theron split with Stuart Townsend, her boyfriend of nearly a decade, back on 2010 -- and she's been single ever since. But with a significant other or without one, Charlize felt it was time to start a family.

"You know, I don't think any mother aims to be a single mom," she says. "I didn't wish for that, but it happened."

That echoes what she told Vogue last month.

"I've always been very honest in saying I wanted a family. I've always known I wanted a family," she said. "I don't think my mom could wait anymore!"

Theron has never been shy about the fact that she doesn't place too high a value on marriage. She echoes those sentiments in the Madison interview, saying that the idea of marriage "has never been that important to me."

"I don't know why exactly. Some might say it's because my parents didn't have a good marriage, but I don't think so," she says. "I treat my relationships like marriages. The ceremony isn't that important to me."

Also in the interview, Theron reveals that she likes actors who are honest and enjoy living their life -- much like her Snow White and the Huntsman costar Kristen Stewart -- and is substantially less fond of those who take themselves too seriously.

"I hate actors who come and quote Nietzsche. I don't like pretentious s***. I like being around people who like to live life and understand the value of it. I need to be around people who understand we're not curing cancer here," the Monster Oscar winner says. "I like professional actors who show up, do the job and are not a pain in the ass to either myself or the crew.

"I don't believe in this idea that if you're f***ed up... that's the only way to do good work. It's bulls***," she continues. "A professional actor does their homework beforehand and they do their job. Then when it's all said and done, they have a beer with the crew. That's what a professional actor does."

Well said! We love Theron's blunt commentary on her own life and those around her. And if you aren't a fan? She'd just say too bad! After all, Theron is the first to say that she's in her "bitchy period."

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