With the upcoming debut of the motherhood movie Tully, actress Charlize Theron dished about her experiences as a mom. In an interview with Chelsea Handler for the May issue of Elle, Theron got real about her (sometimes rocky) road to motherhood.

The actress is mama of adopted children; Theron adopted son Jackson (now 6) in 2012 and daughter August (now 2) in 2015. But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t gone through her own issues and struggles when it comes to being a mommy. She told Handler, “I have bad days. I make mistakes, Going through the tantrum stages when they’re such little a**holes. And they choose the worst moments. It’s a lot for one person.”

But it’s not all strife and struggling. Theron does note, “But after six years of having my two nuggets, there’s not a day when I wish I hadn’t done this.”

The mama/actress didn’t just talk to Handler about her own experiences, she also opened up about the reality of pregnancy saying, “But pregnancy takes a toll on women. Some love it; others don’t. It’s time to acknowledge that postpartum depression doesn’t have to fit into this little compartmentalized box of what we think it is.”

Theron’s Marlo, Tully’s main character, faces some pretty familiar situations. Overwhelmed and exhausted by the everyday grind of…well life, Marlo is on the edge. That is, until her brother gifts her with a night nurse—Tully.


Yep, we totally get it. And if you want more of Theron and more of the reality of what moms experience every single day, Tully opens in theaters across the country May 4.

What did your road to becoming a mother look like? Share your story with us in the comments below.

—Erica Loop

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