November 15th, 2011
05:59 PM ET
At 36, Charlize Theron is just now finding out what it feels like to fly solo as an adult. The Oscar-winning actress tells the December issue of Vogue that she's been romantically attached for the past 17 years.
“I’ve never been single,” she tells the magazine. “This is the first time in my life. From the time I was 19, I’ve been in relationships, literally gone from one to the other within a month."
Being single has been good to her though, she says, as she's been able to "rediscover" herself.
“I had to make a real conscious effort to do it—it’s hard. It’s much easier to lose yourself in flowers and cigarettes and coffee with somebody else," she says.
Part of that rediscovery is reacquainting herself with both the indie side of cinema, with her starring turn in December's Jason Reitman/Diablo Cody film "Young Adult," as well as in Rupert Sanders' "Snow White and the Huntsman," due out next summer.
Theron plays the evil queen to Kristen Stewart's portrayal of the fair princess, and she jokes with Vogue that she's "looking forward to killing her and stealing her beauty."
But in all seriousness, the actress was taken aback by all that the "Twilight" star faces at such a young age.
“She just turned 21. She’s a child. When I think about myself at 21....I couldn’t comprehend it," she says. "And Kristen is just living this to the max and still has a sense of humor about it. There’s this really lovely quality about her that just doesn’t give a f-–. A lot of people say they don’t, but then they go home and cry and pop a Xanax. Kristen actually doesn’t give a f--. That’s what’s so refreshing about her."
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