Charlize Theron has spoken out about her childhood memories of swimming at the same beach in South Africa where Mick Fanning’s terrifying shark attack took place just days ago!
The Oscar winner recalled times when she visited Jeffreys Bay, the scene of the attack, as a young girl and reminisced about how packed the beaches were with sharks.
Mick's July 19 attack was a close call. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“It’s a place I used to go as a kid on summer vacations, we had a house [nearby],” the actress told USA Today.
“As a kid we would swim in the ocean and you would hear the lifeguards blowing on their whistles and all the kids would just run out of the water."
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The mother-of-one then chillingly explained how the sightings were treated casually, saying, “We would just stand there...and we would watch the shark swim all the way [out of the bay] and then the whistle would go off again and we would just run back into the water.”
A perplexed Charlize added, "It was just weird, because I saw that [Fanning's attack], and it was like a memory came back to me, and I went, 'Oh my God… Now that I'm an adult, now that I have my own kid, I'm just like, 'What were my parents thinking?'"
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She made it clear her parents weren't fazed by the deadly creatures either. She said, "They were like, 'Oh, it's okay, just go and have fun at the beach!'"
Charlize's revelation comes just days after Fanning made headlines around the globe when he escaped a shark attack during a surfing completion on live TV.
Since the incident, the surfer has been met with an outpouring of support from people all over the world, including stars like Charlize, who clearly can empathize with the pro athlete.