Charlize Theron: My Dogs Help with My Baby

05/24/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

It was love at first sight, says Charlize Theron, for her four-legged best friends and her son Jackson, whom she adopted in March.

“It was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever witnessed,” the Oscar winner, 36, tells Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday’s show. “From the moment this baby came into our home, those two dogs have never been more in love.”

Theron happily considers her brood to be her family – no matter what others may think. She calls her dogs “her boys.”

They are, she says, “Berkley, a terrier mutt, and he’s actually the pacifier thief … He’ll just lay there with the [baby’s] pacifier in his mouth,” and a pit bull named Blue, who help keeps the actress running on schedule.

“People keep saying, ‘Oh you’re a single mom,’ and I’m like, ‘Actually, I’m not. I got two boys helping me out.’ It’s incredible.”

Blue serves as her alarm clock. He “woke up with me for every feed, for every change, and whenever the baby would cry the pit would start crying,” says Theron. “He’ll do anything for that baby.” It’s no wonder Theron calls Blue her Prince Charming.

As for Theron’s adopting Jackson, DeGeneres says to the actress, “Everyone thinks since you’re from South Africa, that he’s from South Africa, but he’s not.”

“He’s American,” says his mom, who also says she brought him home when he was nine days old.

“What’s that like to, all the sudden, have a nine-day-old baby in your life?” asks the TV host.

“You know, it took me a while [to finalize the adoption],” says Theron. “The process … took around two years. My mom said the most beautiful thing.” Recalling the sentiment, Theron said, “I’m going to cry.”

Quoting her mother, Theron said, “It took me nine months to fall in love with you [while you] were growing in my stomach,” then added: “She’s like, it took you two years to fall in love with this little baby. It really took two years of just waiting and then one day it’s finally there. It just feels exactly how it’s supposed to feel. I don’t know how to describe it. It just feels right.”

— Stephen M. Silverman

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Tee on

What a sweet interview! I absolutely love hearing Charlize’s Mom’s words about adoption and falling in love with your adopted child over such a long period of time. And I’m glad she cleared up the question of domestic or international adoption, since it becomes a topic on just about every thread these days.

cannat on

Yeah, she seems really detached to me. So obvious she just bought a baby to use as an accessory. Right? Isn’t that what the comment jury has already decided? This is a lovely story and I’m happy for Charlize.

Marky on

I actually watched the interview, and while, as a general rule, I don’t think Charlize Theron is the warmest person around, she was lovely in this interview and seemed to be very happy about her son. I think it’s great she has an HIV/Aids prevention foundation to serve S. Africa, and that says something nice about her. I used to fear every Pit, until my son got one. His is a really sweet dog, and amazing with my grand- son–very cuddly and loving. We’ve had a lot of incidents of Pits attacking little ones, and older people, but I think many have been mistreated. Just have to know your dog, I guess.

RKF on

Kind of strange to refer to your child as “this baby.” She also looks like she’s randomly holding someone else’s child in the photo. I agree with others – she seems completely detached. And I find it questionable she allows a Pit Bull around a baby…

Shannon on

She didn’t mention Jackson’s name once, instead she says the baby or that baby. Yes she is detached especially if she’s had him since he was nine days old.

And I really hope she watches the pit bull around her son. Someday Jackson might snatch the pacifier out of the dog’s mouth…and then BAM!

Jillian on

Tee and Marky,
I agree with you ladies.

I watched the interview when it aired on tv. I don’t get how people think she is deattached. We have yet to see her with the child, unless, that is some of you have met her and the baby in person. A picture couldn’t possible tell you, as there are so many factors to consider. Such as, protecting your child from the paps/herds of people, running late, busy day, maybe she is sick. So many things you just don’t know. She got choked up talking about her beautiful son….which tells a lot more than a picture.

Well, clearly the adoption agency didn’t have an issue with the pitbull.


Tee on

I didn’t see the actual interview so I’m only going on pictures and the printed word but I truly don’t understand why so many people say she is detached from her child. If I was carrying my infant through a crowd of photographers, my only concern would be getting from point A to point B safely!

Anonymous on

NJ, Tee, and Marky- I agree with all of you! And I don’t see anything wrong with her referring to Jackson as “the baby”. Plenty of parents do that, especially when their babies are still rather young.

Also, it saddens me to see all the fear and hate for pitbulls in the comments. My “nephew” is a pitbull, and he is the sweetest thing you could possibly imagine. About the only thing you have to worry about with him is that he just might lick you to death (or possibly knock you over by jumping on you. He’s quite the bundle of energy!)! 🙂

RKF on

Anonymous – You would think differently if your “nephew” decided to maul you or a child to death. It’s a natural instinct, and many dogs (including Pit Bulls) turn easily, regardless of their benign temperament. If you would feel comfortable risking that with a baby, then I have nothing left to say.

Hea on

As far as I know, Golden Retrivers are more prone to biting kids than Pitbulls. A well behaved dog who has a responsible owner will not bite. The dog mustn’t be in a situation where it’s hurting or too disturbed around kids. Sure some train their pitbulls for disgusting things and ruin the animals because of it but a well bred and well trained pitbull is a good dog.

Ariel on

A pit bulls “natural instinct” isn’t to turn and maul people/kids to death, that’s got to be one of the most ignorant things I’ve heard. Did you know they were once called nursery dogs?

A dog isn’t going to be a vicious, killing monster because it’s “this breed” and a dog won’t be a lovely, adorable, cute thing because it’s “that breed”. It’s bad breeders and bad owners that raise dogs in abusive/neglected environments that make dogs vicious. That goes for any breed.

Anonymous on

Hea- You said it! Pitbulls aren’t born bad (nor are any dogs, really, although some ARE naturally more aggressive than others), and if not trained otherwise, they are actually some of the sweetest, most gentle dogs out there. Naturally any dog can snap, but with a good, loving owner and/or trainer, Pitbulls are no more likely to attack you then are most other dogs.

Also, the vast majority of dogs who attack do so because they were provoked. If you teach your children not to bother a dog while it’s eating, sleeping, or nursing puppies (or with puppies at all, for that matter. Like most other mammals, mother dogs get very protective of their babies!), not to touch a strange dog without asking it’s owner for permission first, not to pull the dog’s tail or otherwise annoy it, etc., the odds of them being bitten by a dog, Pitbull or otherwise, is extremely low.

Bottomline: There are no bad dogs. Only bad owners.

Kip on

RKF – having a pit bull (or any pet) and risking your baby with one are two very different things. I think Charlize is being facetious when she says the dogs are helping her parent, I’m sue the pit is not babysitting or changing nappies *lol*

I don’t have a dog, or a baby, but we have a cat and he has never once used his claws on us. Would I leave my baby and the cat in the same room alone – of course not. I’m a responsible adult, and I am sure Charlize is too.

Eva on

Where, exactly was Charlize when the dog was stealing the baby’s pacifier? Nice job watching and protecting a helpless infant. I would never leave a baby alone with a dog, regardless of the breed. Dogs can be wonderful, but are still animals- not children, and not parent- helpers!

Jillian on

She was right there when the dog picked it off the ground. I found it to be a rather cute story!