Charlize Theron and Sean Penn
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn Bang Showbiz

Charlize Theron 'didn't see' relationship with Sean Penn

CHARLIZE Theron didn't see her relationship with Sean Penn coming.

The South African actress was surprised how her longstanding friendship with the actor and director blossomed into something more last year.

She told Vogue magazine: "What I guess I am trying to say is: A friend kind of stepped into that role [of boyfriend], and I really didn't see it coming.

"Sean and I have known each other for eighteen years. We were just really good friends. And it's been slow going because you are aware that you could screw that up and lose it.

"It just kind of naturally happened, and before I knew it, I was in something that was making my life better."

However, the 38-year-old star - who was previously in a relationship with the actor Stuart Townsend for nine years until 2010 - warns she's not interested in getting married anytime soon.

She added: "I really do understand the importance and what that ceremony represents to so many people, but it's just such a personal thing.

"Let's put it this way - I never had the dream of the white dress. And watching other people getting married? I think it's beautiful for them, but ... it's supposed to be this night of celebrating love, and all you see is a couple separated all night making sure everybody else is OK. And as you get older, you start sifting through the stuff that really matters."


AUSTRALIAN SPIRIT: Top award for Lockyer  volunteer hero

Premium Content AUSTRALIAN SPIRIT: Top award for Lockyer volunteer hero

Aubrey Kilah was awarded 2021 Lockyer Valley Citizen of the Year. FULL STORY:

ANNOUNCED: Australia Awards winners

Premium Content ANNOUNCED: Australia Awards winners

Winners of the Lockyer Valley’s Australia Day Awards have been announced. PHOTOS +...

‘Australia Day is about resilience’: Federal MPs reflection

Premium Content ‘Australia Day is about resilience’: Federal MPs reflection

Scott Buchholz says January 26 is a day to acknowledge ‘we are all part of the...