Charlize Theron Is ‘Impressed’ by Co-Star Paris Jackson in “Gringo”

Charlize Theron has nothing but good things to say about co-star Paris Jackson.

The Oscar-award winning actress opened up to ET’s Carly Steel at the world premiere of her movie, Gringo, in Los Angeles on Tuesday, about working with Jackson on the new project.

The daughter of late Michael Jackson makes her film debut in Gringo, portraying the role of Nelly, a 20-year-old edgy girl.

Theron talked about working with Paris and reflected on her being the daughter of the King of Pop.

“She comes from a great legacy, but I also don’t think that you want to be defined by the weight of all of that stuff,” Theron shared. “And I just really admired that she came in and really auditioned for this and was prepared and ready, and she handled this as an individual really well, as an actor really well, and I was impressed by that.”

The 42-year-old actress also discussed how her advocacy of feminism has influenced her parenting style to her two children, daughter August and son Jackson.

“I feel like I was lucky enough to have a parent that was very much aware of female issues and just always raised me knowing that there were no limitations just because of my identity and who I was,” she said. “And, for me, I think it really kicked in in the early ’90s, when rape became a big issue in South Africa, and I felt compelled once I got the information and the knowledge about what was happening in South Africa to actually go down there and try and do something about it.”

“I feel like I wake up in the morning with my kids and these are things that we kind of apply to our everyday life,” she added. “We’ll be driving in the car and I’ll be like, ‘You know you guys can be anything you want?’ And they’ll be like, ‘Ugh, we know, Mom.'”

Amazon Studios’ Gringo opens in theaters on March 9.

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