Charlize Theron Talks Dealing With OCD as a Mother Of Two, Opens Up About Using a Dating App
By Antoinette Bueno
Charlize Theron is not a big fan of glitter.
The 41-year-old actress recently stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Wednesday, when she admitted that her children's love of glitter can sometimes trigger her obsessive-compulsive disorder. Theron is a mom to her 5-year-old son Jackson, whom she adopted in 2012, and her 1-year-old daughter Ellen, whom she adopted in 2015.
"There's way too much of it in the house," she says. "I don't buy it, but [they're on those] costume dresses, and so there's a lot of times when I'm walking through the house thinking I'm going senile -- because you know I have this little OCD thing -- and I'm like, 'Where is this glitter coming from?!'"
"I work on it," she continues, when DeGeneres asks how she deals with OCD being a mom of two young kids. "I've gotten a little bit better. My kids definitely helped me be less anxious about a lot of that stuff. There are certain rooms now that ... I've given up on, you know?"
On a serious note, Theron talked about transitioning from having one child to two with the addition of baby Ellen to the family.
"I'm a single mom and I have an incredible village that helps me raise these two beautiful kids," she acknowledges. "In the mornings I have them alone, and they kind of work against each other sometimes. One kind of decides to freak out, and then both decide to freak out. I don't know why they decide to do that? You think they'd stand there and be considerate like: 'Well, that one is freaking out right now, I'm not gonna freak out.' They don't do that."
Of course, she has no regrets -- though she said she's definitely not thinking about having another child.
"I'm an only child so I didn’t grow up with siblings, and so I had no idea the beauty that siblings have with each other," she notes. "Like, it really is one of the most incredible things I've ever witnessed. To see how much they love each other, and to see how much they're excited to see each other. They're so in love with each other, it's really beautiful."
As for her dating life, Theron talked about her good friend, Chelsea Handler, attempting to get her on a dating app for celebrities. Though after an awkward experience with Handler on the night of the Women's March, she isn't exactly a fan.
"It's kind of awkward because you don't know the person, and they're like, trying to be cute, and they say weird things like, 'What's up sexy?,' and it's just awkward," she recalls. "This is why I'm still single. I just like a good old friend hooking you up, or, introducing you. I don't know, I'm so old school. It's problematic."