May 20th, 2014
04:37 PM ET
Yes, Charlize Theron and Sean Penn really are a thing.
The two actors have become 2014's hottest item since the beginning of the year, and in the June issue of Vogue magazine Theron talks about how easy it's been to fall into a relationship with Penn.
"I really didn’t see it coming. Sean and I have known each other for eighteen years," Theron, 38, tells the magazine. "We were just really good friends. And it’s been slow going because you are aware that you could screw that up and lose it. We had to think about it."
But what sealed the deal, she continues, is that "at the end of the day, it was somewhat effortless. It just kind of naturally happened, and before I knew it, I was in something that was making my life better - the people who really love me can see the effect it has had on me.”
Even with such romantic words, Theron's careful not to talk too much about her 53-year-old beau. "(W)e’re dating, and I don’t think we were trying to hide anything," she says, but at the same time, “I don’t know how you have a healthy relationship with the whole world knowing about it."
The mom of one, who adopted son Jackson in 2012, adds that she was "single for a really long time" before Penn, simply "enjoying mommyhood."
"You just naturally become kind of selfish about your time, and all of it is dedicated to this little thing, whether he needs it or not," Theron says. "And then they get into more of a schedule and you start to think, Wow, wait a second. There’s this passionate creature in me. And going about dating in your late 30s is such a different ball game. I know so well what I want to fit in my life. And the simple answer to that is: Unless he can make my life better? My life is really pretty f*****g good.”
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