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Updated: October 13, 2009 09:47 IST

Charlize Theron wary of fame

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Keeping a low profile: Charlize Theron. Photo: AP
Keeping a low profile: Charlize Theron. Photo: AP

'Monster' star Charlize Theron prefers to be called an actress rather than a movie star, as she is slightly wary of the glamour quotient attached to it.

"When somebody calls me a movie star, I worry a bit.

It used to be about the work, but now it means you show up at the Oscars and look good," said the actress.

The 34-year-old actress, who was also a model, admitted that she tries to maintain a low profile, unlike younger actresses of today, reported OK! magazine.

"The whole model-turned-actress thing doesn't have a good track record. Today, younger girls are addicted to the fame, but that is not me. I keep all that stuff private," said Theron.

And true to her word, there is one thing Theron refuses to discuss, her mother Gerda's shooting of her alcoholic father Charles when she was just 15. Police ruled the killing as self-defence and Gerda was never charged.

"It's a tattoo I cannot erase. People always bring it up, but I'm not comfortable, because it concerns others," said the South African beauty.

However, Theron is happy to talk about her eight-year relationship with Irish actor Stuart Townsend and how she impresses him with something related to sports.

"I tell my boyfriend I have been nominated for an Oscar, and he goes, 'That's nice, babe.' But I say I can get tickets for the World Cup and all of a sudden, I'm a goddess," said Theron.

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