It’s hard not to love Charlize Theron. She’s been in tons of awesome car-related movies, such as The Fate of the Furious, The Italian Job, and even Mad Max: Fury Road. She may be an actress, but she actually does like being around the car culture in real life.
On this episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! from back in 2018, Theron talks about going to the Daytona 500, and her love for racing.
Theron’s NASCAR experience is actually pretty cool. She got invited to be the honorary starter for “The Great American Race,” and they even show a clip of her at the race waving the green flag. Her genuine reaction is caught on camera, and you can tell she’s loving every bit of it. She also jumps into a story about how tense the drivers meeting was, but with as much on the line as there is at the Daytona 500, it’s understandable that you’d see some fierce competition between drivers and teams.
As Kimmel continues to ask more questions, we learn more about how Theron grew up. Her dad was a mechanic, and he had tons of cars laying around the yard at all times. She got a go-kart from a very young age, and started learning the basics earlier than most. Ever since then, she’s always had that automotive passion inside her. It’s always intriguing to come across a woman that knows her way around a car. This may have been her first NASCAR race, but something tells me she’ll be back for more.
It’s cool to see a different side of Charlize Theron. Beauty, brains, and a passion for cars? She really is the whole package. Out of all the actresses out there, Theron just adds a unique flare when she pops up as a feature in your favorite car action movie. Hopefully, we’ll get to see even more films from her in the near future!
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This post was originally published on December 31, 2020.