ONE is a brunette and the other is blonde – but that’s where the differences end between Brad Pitt’s ex Angelina Jolie and his new love Charlize Theron.
Brad Pitt’s new love Charlize Theron is not too dissimilar to his ex Angelina Jolie[/caption]
Both of the Oscar-winning actresses had troubled childhoods and fought drug demons before conquering Hollywood with a series of kick-ass roles.
Beyond the movie world, they have become well-known for their humanitarian work.
And the two mums, who are both 43, have also adopted children.
Here we compare Angelina and Charlize’s lives and careers – and show why they have more than a little Pitt in common.
Both of the Hollywood actresses are Oscar winners[/caption]
Brad Pitt was introduced to Charlize Theron by her ex-fiancé Sean Penn[/caption]
When she was 15, South African Charlize witnessed her mum Gerda shoot dead her dad Charles.
Her violent alcoholic father had threatened to kill Charlize and her mother before shooting through a door in their home.
Charlize Theron as a child with her mother Gerda and father Charles[/caption]
Gerda shot back four times and killed him. Charlize’s uncle Danie was injured in the gunfire.
Police pressed no charges, agreeing Gerda acted in self-defence.
Angelina fell out with her actor father Jon Voight, choosing not to see him for nearly seven years after he claimed in 2002 his daughter had “serious mental problems”.
Midnight Cowboy star Voight split from her mum Marcheline Bertrand when she was little and the couple divorced when she was just four.
Angelina Jolie and her father Jon Voight[/caption]
Both actresses praised their single parent mothers for giving them the strength to succeed — and Angelina was devastated when her mother died from ovarian cancer in 2007.
Charlize said: “I am lucky that I had a great mom who really kind of made me brave.”
The temptation of romance with a handsome co-star has been hard to resist for Charlize and Angelina.
Charlize’s longest relationship was with Irish actor Stuart Townsend, who she met in 2001 while making crime thriller Trapped.
Charlize Theron and her ex-fiance Sean Penn in 2015[/caption]
Smitten Townsend, who was with the Hollywood beauty for nine years, once said: “We consider ourselves husband and wife.”
It was Penn who introduced her to Brad — as revealed in The Sun on Sunday yesterday. Angelina met her first husband Jonny Lee Miller on the set of 1995 crime movie Hackers. They divorced in 2000.
She married second husband Billy Bob Thornton — her co-star in comedy drama Pushing Tin — in 2000. They divorced in 2003.
Angelina Jolie and ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton in 2000[/caption]
Bisexual Angelina also had a relationship with model and actress Jenny Shimizu, who she met when they filmed 1996 indie movie Foxfire.
Brad was married to Friends star Jennifer Aniston when he grew close to Angelina during the filming of 2005 action comedy Mr & Mrs Smith.
Like her new love Brad, Charlize has smoked cannabis in the past.
Last year she admitted: “I was a wake-and-baker for most of my life” — meaning that she would get out of bed and roll a spliff.
Both actresses admit to having a history of drug abuse[/caption]
Charlize says she “really appreciated marijuana way more than alcohol” but gave it up a decade ago because it made her “boring”. Angelina, meanwhile, has admitted to experimenting with cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and LSD in her youth.
She said in 2011: “I went through heavier, darker times and I survived them. I didn’t die young, so I’m very lucky.”
Like Charlize, she no longer dabbles in drugs and is clean-living.
The two women have become mums to ethnically diverse children from poor nations in a bid to give them a better life.
Charlize said adoption was her “first choice” for motherhood, taking in South African son Jackson in 2012 when he was three years old.
Charlize Theron adopted her son Jackson[/caption]
Angelina also adopted her children Zahara and Maddox[/caption]
Three years later she took on daughter August, who was eight months old at the time.
She revealed last year: “I was honest with my partners that I was open to having my own biological kids but that adoption had to be a part of my life. I felt that strongly about it.”
Angelina adopted three children. Her son Maddox, who is now 17, was born in Cambodia. Son Pax, 15, is originally from Vietnam, and daughter Zahara, 14, is from Ethiopia.
She also gave birth to three children — son Shiloh, 12, and ten-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne — who were fathered by Brad.
Changing The World
After witnessing her mum’s experiences of domestic abuse when she was a child, Charlize focused on eliminating violence against women when she became a Messenger of Peace for the UN in 2018.
She also founded the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project which aims to help families affected by HIV and Aids.
Charlize was given the title of Messenger of Peace at the United Nations in 2008[/caption]
Angelina visited a camp for flood victims in Pakistan in 2010[/caption]
Like Charlize, Angelina has links with the UN. She is a special envoy, helping refugees.
In 2011, she directed the film In The Land Of Blood And Honey about war-torn Bosnia.
Ambitious Angelina has refused to rule out running for US President one day.
Neither actress has shown any fear about stripping off on the big screen for racy roles.
Six years ago, Charlize boasted: “I don’t have issues being naked”.
And she has proved it with explicit scenes in The Cider House Rules, The Burning Plain, 2 Days In The Valley and horror flick The Devil’s Advocate.
But she tried to sue Playboy for publishing nude pics of her before she was famous — and lost.
Angelina has stripped off in movies Gia, By The Sea, Foxfire and Original Sin.
You don’t want to mess with Charlize or Angelina.
When she was working on the catwalks of Milan, Charlize punched a fellow model in the face after the woman got aggressive in a bar.
Charlize as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road[/caption]
Angelina played Lara Croft in Tomb Raider in 2001[/caption]
She also left Teri Hatcher with a bruised face when a fight scene went wrong in 1996 crime movie 2 Days In The Valley.
Charlize once boasted: “I’m a great driver. When I did The Italian Job, Mark Wahlberg, my co-star, would do one 360 and start puking. I was like, ‘What’s up, girl?’” Angelina does Thai boxing and performs “99 per cent” of her own stunts.
Both women have ridden Harley-Davidson bikes — like Brad.
On screen, Angelina has played gun-toting Lara Croft in Tomb Raider and a CIA officer in action thriller Salt.
Charlize has also played kick-ass heroines in Atomic Blonde, Aeon Flux and shaven-headed warrior Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road.
Both actresses have won the attention of Oscar judges by ditching the make-up and Hollywood glitz.
Charlize put on weight to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos, in Monster, while Angelina went anti-glam to play a mental patient, right. in Girl, Interrupted in 1999.
The South African won the Best Actress Oscar for 2003’s Monster — one better than the Best Supporting Actress Oscar Angelina got for Girl, Interrupted.
Charlize won the Best Actress Oscar for 2003’s Monster[/caption]
Jolie bagged the award for Best Supporting Actress for Girl, Interrupted[/caption]
Pots of Cash
Angelina and Charlize have business brains to match their beauty with both sitting on multi- million pound fortunes.
Charlize is worth an estimated £85million — not too far behind Angelina’s £113million.
Angelina bagged a £15million payday for movie Salt — twice the amount Charlize earned for The Huntsman: Winter’s War. But it’s in advertising that Brad’s new squeeze bulks up her earnings.
Charlize picks up a reported £1.5million a year for Dior perfume ads.
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