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Celeb Getaway: Charlize Theron

Thursday, July 10, 2008

What is your favourite vacation spot and why?

That's hard; there're so many. It's like saying "Which kid do you like the most?" I love to travel; I think people know that about me. It's very important for me to pack a backpack and go somewhere for a while and just disappear. I tend to go to places where you can really melt into a culture and not necessarily stay in a five-star hotel. We get to do that quite a lot, we're blessed.

So I'd say the "real" things I've done [are my favourites], like travelling the coastline of Brazil … and Turkey. Stuart [Townsend] and I did a great road trip from the Mediterranean all the way through Cappadocia and all the way into Istanbul. It's hard for me to say. I just recently spent six weeks all over Africa. Serengeti, Tanzania, Botswana and the Delta. I mean, I make a point of it, I like to travel — I really do.

What do you never leave home without when you travel?

Well, I tend to go into places where there are a lot of mosquitoes so I would have to say a lot of After Bite [insect bit treatment]. I make a point of having that.

Do you have an ultimate place that you've always wanted to go?

Oh tonnes, I really want to go and explore Peru and also Iceland. For some reason I really want to do Iceland . And there are still lots to be explored. I really want to take a train journey through Siberia and just pretend that I'm in Doctor Zhivago … lots of stuff.

What's your number one travel tip?

Bring a good partner; really, truthfully. I've travelled alone and that's great and stuff, but there's something amazing when you can find someone in your life that's just a good travel companion and I'm blessed. My boy's great, we're very similar.

We travel well together and we enjoy the same things and I would say, just bring a really good travel companion because the last thing you want is someone who's going to be like: "I don't want to do that. No, I'm tired. I don't want to eat that." You want somebody who's adventurous the way you are.

What is your favourite travel experience in Australia?

Well I had a great one because we had a great friend in Australia. We flew into Coober Pedy and we rented a 4X4. We had 800 gallons of water tied to it and we went into the red desert and we just camped in the middle of nowhere. There were no roads. We did that for five days and it was unbelievable — one of the best trips I've ever had. That desert is just incredible.

What was the best thing about this movie for you?

Actually being home. There was something nice about finally being home. I don't get to work in LA that much. There was actually something nice about being home for the summer because usually we're travelling. It was nice to come home at night and be around my family and friends for that summer. And I felt like Will [Smith] and Jason [Bateman] and Peter [Berg] had become really good friends and it was nice to go and work with my friends and do something that felt very original.

So can you expand on why you think Hancock is original?

Well, when was the last time you saw a superhero fly drunk? That's all I'm going to say. If that doesn't make you want to see this, I mean come on! But I think the idea of taking that squeaky-clean image of a superhero and making it not so squeaky-clean is interesting. [taking] the idea and all the questions about what is a superhero, and throwing them into this contemporary world — that's interesting. I like it.

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