Charlize Theron opens up about 'heartbreaking' conversations with her Black daughters

On Monday, Charlize Theron appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where she opened up about some of the difficult discussion about racism she has had with her two daughters. Jackson Theron (age 7) and August Theron (age 5) are both Black. With systemic racism and police brutality being at the forefront of the nation, Theron felt it was a topic she needed to discuss with them.

“I feel that this is such an important moment for them, for all of us,” said Theron. “I wanted them to have an awareness of how unfair and how unjust all of this is.”

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CHARLIZE THERON: The day I became a parent, I just vowed that I would always tell them the truths in a way that they could handle, and I feel like this is such an important moment for them-- for all of us.

KYLIE MAR: Actress Charlize Theron appeared on "The Tonight Show" Monday, where she opened up about the difficult discussions concerning systemic racism she has had with her two young Black daughters.

CHARLIZE THERON: I wanted them to know what this was all about, what happened to George Floyd and to so many other Black bodies that have died from this violence. I wanted them to have an awareness of how unfair and how unjust all of this is.

KYLIE MAR: Theron and also admitted that trying to explain tragedies like George Floyd can be difficult when talking to a 5 and 7-year-old.

CHARLIZE THERON: I think it was heartbreaking, at first.

JIMMY FALLON: Yeah.

CHARLIZE THERON: They couldn't understand that people would let something like that happen.

JIMMY FALLON: Yeah.

CHARLIZE THERON: And I'm getting emotional just thinking about it because it's so-- that is really, ultimately, what it is. Like, how do we allow anything like this to happen on our watch?

KYLIE MAR: Theron has encouraged her children to join in protests, and she is proud of the little advocates that they have become.

CHARLIZE THERON: They became very active in protesting and wanting to make signs and wanting to actually go and protest. They've really grown from this. They've become real little warriors and in their own right. I can take no credit for it.

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