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October 4, 2005

Charlize Theron: Nobody's Fool

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Romantically, Theron is five years into her own "best time ever," with actor Stuart Townsend...though she admits that initially, their relationship (which began when they appeared together in Trapped) wasn't supposed to be all that intense. "He had all the criteria for somebody who wasn't going to be anything serious," she says. "He lived over there [in England]; I lived over here. So we were very honest with each other: 'I think you're hot, I think you're nice, I think you're smart. We can go on dates. What do you think?' And then, things happened." Before long, he'd become the first man she felt close to as both a partner and a lover ‑- "a very sexy friend," she calls him. "The gods of love must have been looking after us."

With Theron not planning to do another movie until 2006 and Townsend starring in the TV series Night Stalker, the couple has enjoyed some old-school domesticity this year. "We're kind of like ‑- what's that American couple?"

Ozzie and Harriet?

"Yes! It's like, 'Bye, honey.' Then when he comes home at night, 'Hi, honey. I dropped your dry cleaning off, and I made some jam.' I feel like I'm going out with a nine-to-fiver ‑- it's great!" The prospect of the pair getting married has been tossed around in the press. "It's not really what I want, or what he wants. But that doesn't mean I don't want to spend the rest of my life with him. I really don't need to wear a white dress and throw a big party. That, to me, is like a premiere."

Or like the many awards shows that Theron braved at the beginning of 2004, as her Monster performance went from scrappy underdog to presumed winner. "At the Golden Globes, my mother couldn't talk to me ‑- that's how nervous she was," Theron says. "I was like, 'Okay, either we need to get wasted right now or something has to change.'" So the week before the Oscars, Theron and Townsend snuck off. "We just backpacked through the southeast of Brazil. No television, three rooms, tiny little fishermen's village, middle of nowhere. It was the best thing I could have done, just to escape all of that noise. Because the day we walked down that red carpet, I was really happy. I was nervous, but I didn't feel like I had all this pressure."

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