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Theron: Sharks crashed my shores on a regular

Published 21/07/2015

Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron, who hails from South Africa originally, thinks her fellow countrymen are strong because they are often face-to-face with dangerous wildlife.

The 35-year-old Academy Award-winning actress hails from South Africa originally.

Charlize watched a viral video of the Mick Fanning shark attack, which took place in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, and she’s not surprised by the event in the slightest.

“It’s a place I used to go as a kid on summer vacations,” she told USA Today. “We had a house [near Jeffreys Bay]. As a kid we would swim in the ocean and you would hear … the lifeguards blowing on their whistles and all the kids would just run out of the water.

“We would just stand there and we would watch the shark — this was so sick — as the wave would come up, we would watch the shark swim way all the way [out of the bay] and then the whistle would go off again. And we would just run back into the water!”

When the interviewer cracked a joke, saying no wonder South Africans are tough, Charlize deadpanned in response: “That is why”.

Earlier this month news broke Charlize, 39, and Sean Penn, 54, had allegedly split.

The couple started dating in December 2013 after an 18-year friendship, but it’s claimed they just couldn’t decide how to take their romance to the next level.

"Charlize fell for Sean hard and it was a very passionate relationship from the start. But in recent months they've been arguing and Charlize realised it just wasn't going to work. She made up her mind - and once she's done that, there's no going back. They have been butting heads about marriage for some time. She said they didn't need paperwork to prove their love, but Sean was really pushing for a ceremony," a source recently told British magazine Grazia.

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