Charlize Theron Reveals Past Drug Use On "Watch What Happens Live"

By Paul Gaita 05/10/19

After her admission, Theron clarified that these experiences happened "a long time ago, and I don't do that anymore."

Charlize Theron

Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron made a candid revelation about her past drug use during an appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.

Theron and Seth Rogen, who were promoting their current feature film Long Shot on the interactive talk show, participated in a game in which host Cohen quizzed their respective mothers—Gerda Maritz and Sandy Rogen, who also appeared on the episode—about the extent of their knowledge about their children. 

When asked what drugs Theron would admit to using, Maritz replied, "All of them!" Theron then noted that her mother was "pretty close" before clarifying that she had used "molly" (ecstasy), as well as "acid, mushrooms and cocaine."

Theron quickly added that these experiences happened "a long time ago, and I don't do that anymore."

Us Weekly also noted that Theron spoke about her past marijuana use three days prior to the Bravo broadcast. While appearing on The Howard Stern Show, Theron describe herself as a "wake and baker in [her] 20s."

By the time she reached her 30s, she told Stern that she was "no fun on it anymore."

"I didn't get paranoid," she said. "I just became a bore. I only wanted to eat. I just wanted to lie there. I just became so antisocial."

Theron's comments on Stern echoed similar thoughts shared during a 2018 interview with People. She told the publication that she "really appreciated marijuana" when she was younger, adding that her "chemistry was really good with it when I was younger."

As with the Stern interview, Theron said that she "became boring on it," which prompted her to stop her use.

However, Theron also noted in the People interview that she would be open to trying marijuana again to help her with insomnia. "Now there's all these different strains and you can be more specific with it," she said. "I'd much rather get off sleeping pills and figure out a strain that helps me sleep better."

Theron also said if she tried marijuana again, she knew exactly who she'd partner with for the experimental phase. "My mom has really bad sleep too," she said. "So when I have a moment, I'm actually doing that with [her]."

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.