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Charlize credits her mother, Gerda, for keeping her grounded. "I don't like creating unnecessary drama in my life," says Charlize. "I like things very simple and very peaceful, and I like to surround myself by people like that. And I think that [my] moral compass comes from the way I was raised."

Because both Charlize and her mother are "very strong personalities," they often agree to disagree. "We have great conversation, I like to call it—not fights," Charlize explains. "The great thing that she really encouraged when I was young was to think for myself."

What does Gerda think of her movie star daughter? "Of course you have to be proud of your child. They don't all have to be movie stars. I just have a daughter that is a movie star. But to me, she's just my daughter. I love her work. I'm very proud of her."
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Published on September 30, 2005

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