Why, hello there, Jackson Theron!
To celebrate the five-year anniversary of her 2015 acclaimed film “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Charlize Theron shared a cute, behind-the-scenes photo from the set where Jackson, now 8, embraces her mom.
“I became a mom right before we started shooting,” Theron wrote on Thursday, noting Jackson’s adoption in March 2012.
“At least my child will forever have the fun fact of ‘I spent most of the first year of my life in a war rig,’” the Oscar winner added.
The actress confirmed to the Daily Mail in April 2019 that Jackson, who was assigned male at birth, identifies as female.
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” Theron told the outlet at the time. “Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!’”
“So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive,” she said, mentioning her other daughter August, who she adopted in July 2015.
Despite this announcement, Theron later told Pride Source that it is Jackson’s choice if she wants to “tell her story” or not.
“My daughter’s story is really her story, and one day, if she chooses, she’ll tell her story. I feel like as her mother, for me, it was important to let the world know that I would appreciate it if they would use the right pronouns for her,” Theron answered when asked if having a transgender child affects her decision to play LGBTQ characters.
In regards to the Daily Mail interview, Theron wanted to clarify Jackson’s gender, as outlets were writing about her using the wrong pronouns — a mistake that Theron admits she herself made.
“I think it became harder for us the older she got that people were still writing about her in the wrong pronouns, and also I was still talking about her in the press using the wrong pronoun,” she told Pride Source. “It really hurt her feelings. I don’t want to be that mom, and that was really why I said what I said a while back [to the Daily Mail.]”