AFP

LOS ANGELES

South African-born actress Charlize Theron has adopted her second child, an African-American newborn named August, US media reported.

The baby joins Theron’s first child, Jackson, who was adopted in South Africa in 2012, according to celebrity news website TMZ. The 39-year-old American actress reportedly adopted US-born August in July, TMZ said. Theron and actor Sean Pean recently called off their engagement, following reports that Penn planned to formally adopt Jackson. The critically acclaimed actress won a Best Actress Oscar for her role as a prostitute-cum-serial killer in the grisly 2003 film “Monster.” She is also known for her roles in “The Devil’s Advocate,” “The Cider House Rules” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Theron moved to Hollywood and while making a loud scene after a bank refused to cash a check, she was discovered by an agent. She subsequently began landing some small parts, one of which in 2 Days in the Valley gained her favourable notice and paved the way for her first lead, in The Devil’s Advocate (1997). That film showcased her acting ability and versatility and led to further substantial roles, notably in Mighty Joe Young (1998), Celebrity (1998), The Cider House Rules (1999), and The Italian Job (2003). Her acting talent was further expressed in her award-winning performance as serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster. Theron’s immersion in the role she became almost unrecognizable, thanks partly to a nearly 30-lb (14-kg) weight gain helped her become the first African to win an acting Oscar.

Theron appeared in two movies in 2004, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and Head in the Clouds. Her performance as a miner battling harassment in North Country (2005) earned Theron an Academy Award nomination for best actress. She subsequently appeared in the drama In the Valley of Elah (2007), the superhero movie Hancock (2008), and The Road (2009), an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s postapocalyptic novel of the same name. In the dramedy Young Adult (2011), Theron starred as a willfully immature woman who returns to her hometown in pursuit of her high-school sweetheart.

In 2012 she enlivened the screen as the evil queen in the dark fairy-tale adaptation Snow White and the Huntsman and portrayed a similarly icy character, the leader of a space expedition, in the sci-fi thriller Prometheus. Theron then played a gunslinger that assists a shepherd played by Seth MacFarlane in the spoof A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) and Imperator Furiosa, an intimidating warrior on a mission to save a group of enslaved women, in Mad Max: Fury Road.