South African-born Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron is one of the most celebrated motion picture stars of our time, captivating audiences with her ability to embody a range of characters. Her films have included The Devil’s Advocate, The Cider House Rules, and Monster, for which she earned an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Ms. Theron currently stars in the animated picture Kubo and the Two Strings and will soon appear in The Last Face, The Coldest City, and Fast & Furious 8. In the early 2000s, she founded the production company Denver & Delilah Films.
Ms. Theron established the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP) in 2007 to help keep African youth safe from HIV through its support of on-the-ground, community-engaged organizations. CTAOP serves as a vehicle for communities to empower themselves and their youth to prevent the spread of HIV. In 2008 she was designated a United Nations Messenger of Peace, a role in which she focuses on the prevention of HIV and the elimination of violence against women. This past July at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, she delivered a moving speech that powerfully described how injustice, inequality, and discrimination perpetuate the HIV/AIDS epidemic and cause people to die and suffer needlessly.