Charlize Theron recounted the night her mother fatally shot her father in self-defense, and said talking about family violence helps people dealing with the same thing know that “we are not alone.”
The “Bombshell” actress recalled during an interview with NPR out Monday that her father was highly intoxicated when he came home that night in June of 1991 with a gun.
“My mom and I were in my bedroom leaning against the door, because he was trying to push through the door,” Theron told the news outlet. “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.”
The incident happened when Theron was 15 in her native South Africa. Her mother was not charged in the shooting, as it was determined she acted in self-defense.
Theron has spoken about the traumatic event in the past.
“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,” Theron said. “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.”
Theron, now 44, said her father was “a very sick man,” whom she only knew as an alcoholic.
“I think our family was an incredibly unhealthy one. And all of it, I think, scarred us in a way,” Theron said. “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.”