When she was only 15-years-old, starlet Charlize Theron saw her mother shoot dead her abusive alcoholic father.
And now, at age 39, she's playing a role that is hitting shockingly close to home.
The Oscar-winning actress has taken on the role of Libby Day for the upcoming film 'Dark Places', about a woman who witnessed her mother and sisters being murdered by Satanists when she was only eight.
Charlize on her mother, "She's saved my life many times." (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In a new interview with French TV station 'TF1,' Charlize admitted the part dredged up a lot of old memories and experiences which she was able to draw from.
In the interview, conducted entirely in French, the South African stunner said: "There's definitely an acknowledgement on my part that I had an experience of, a very traumatic experience, an event, in my life and somehow it’s formed me."
Charlize was just a teenager home from boarding school when she and her mother, Gerda, were physically attacked by her father, Charles Theron. Allegedly intoxicated, he brandished a gun and threatened the two women, forcing Gerda to shoot him dead in self-defense. Her actions were judged to be fair and she was never charged with any wrongdoing.
Charlize at the premiere for 'Dark Places' (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Speaking about the similarities between her experience and that of Libby in the film, Charlize added, "It really is examining what a trauma like that would do to a child, especially when she’s expected to speak about it. And that’s definitely something that I can relate to, that’s definitely something that I’ve experienced in my life."