We caught up with Charlize while she was promoting her role in the animated film, when she opened up about the village of strong Black women she keeps around her to check her when she’s doing something wrong, especially something that might potentially break off their edges.
“I look for a lot of guidance. I know that’s not where I come from and that’s not my story. So I have a real acknowledgement — as all parents — we know where we lack and we know we’re rich,” she explained. “I’m so thankful to the incredible to the village of strong black women in my life, who I can pick up the phone to or they can come over to my house and they’re like ‘You need to stop doing this, and these baby hairs are breaking off. What are you doing?”
She went on to praise them for putting her in her place. “Because of them I feel a great confidence in raising my girls,” she added. As for incorporating diversity clauses into her riders and inclusion in her company, she said they are 85% female representation behind the camera. “The more you can surround yourself with diversity, the more you realize the story becomes better” she said.
“It’s not that hard because, guess what, the resumes of women who come in front of you of women out there doing excellence work, is tremendous, there’s just a lack of opportunity.”
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