Actress Charlize Theron said she would consider moving out of the country to avoid exposing her children to the racism that has been brought back into America “under our new administration.”
“I don’t even know how to talk about the last year under our new administration. But racism is much more alive and well than people thought,” she told Elle Magazine.
The Oscar winner has been an outspoken critic of President Trump since the beginning of his presidency and was seen marching alongside Handler in opposition to Trump in Washington, D.C., last year during the Women’s March.Theron was born in South Africa and has two adopted black children.The star of Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody‘s upcoming new dramedy Tully opened up to Elle for their May cover story, talking to Chelsea Handler about how she navigates the U.S.’ current social climate as a mother to two black children August, and Jackson, 6.
She also discussed how being raised in South Africa gives her a particularly heightened insight into the devastation that rampant racism can produce for a country and it’s people. She also discusses her background in relation to the current era of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Being raised during the apartheid era in South Africa made me so hyperaware of equality and human rights,” Theron added. “Of course, I have two black kids, but that was always something I was passionate about.”
Other celebrities including Miley Cyrus, Samuel L. Jackson, and Barbara Streisand threatened to leave the United States under the Trump administration, although few appear to have carried through on their pledge.