Charlize Theron debates leaving America for her black children

Movie star Charlize Theron is worried about racism in America as the mother of two black children.

The actress, who was raised in South Africa during the apartheid era, opened up to Elle on Thursday about racism in America and raising two black children in the current social climate.

"Racism is much more alive and well than people thought. We can't deny it anymore. We have to be vocal," Theron told Chelsea Handler in the May cover story. "There are places in this country where, if I got a job, I wouldn't take it. I wouldn't travel with my kids to some parts of America, and that's really problematic."

"There are a lot of times when I look at my kids and I'm like, 'If this continues, I might have to [leave America].' Because the last thing I want is for my children to feel unsafe," the 42-year-old continued.

Theron explained that being raised during apartheid made her "hyperaware of equality and human rights" even before she was a mom to two black children.

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Charlize Theron, Sean Pennn and Jackson Theron (2ndR) is seen at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc day 3 of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Charlize Theron, Sean Pennn and Jackson Theron (2nd R) is seen at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc day 3 of the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Danny Martindale/GC Images)
NEW YORK - MAY 11: Charlize Theron and son Jackson get dinner at the Polo Bar on MAY 11, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 12: Actress Charlize Theron and her son Jackson arrive at the Nice airport ahead the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2015 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/GC Images,)
NEW YORK - MAY 11: Charlize Theron and son Jackson get dinner at the Polo Bar on MAY 11, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Charlize Theron and Jackson Theron are seen in Midtown on May 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor Ari Emanuel, actress Charlize Theron and Jackson Theron attend the Points of Light generationOn Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for generationOn)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Jackson Theron, Charlize Theron and Sean Penn attend the generationOn West Coast Block Party held at Fox Studio Lot on April 18, 2015 in Century City, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 18: Jackson Theron, actress Charlize Theron and actor Sean Penn attend the Points of Light generationOn Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for generationOn)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Jackson Theron, Charlize Theron and Sean Penn attend the generationOn West Coast Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 06: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron are seen on August 06, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - August 06: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron are seen on August 06, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Charlize Theron, Sean Penn and Jackson Theron attend the generationOn West Coast Block Party on April 18, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 13: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron sighting on January 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GONZALO/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 24: Charlize Theron is seen with her son Jackson Theron on March 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 24: Charlize Theron is seen with her son Jackson Theron on March 24, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 16: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron are seen arriving at Logan International Airport on March 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 16: Charlize Theron and her son Jackson Theron are seen arriving at Logan International Airport on March 16, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Stickman/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 03: Charlize Theron is seen with her son Jackson Theron on March 03, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 23: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Charlize Theron and her adopted son, Jackson, in Green Point on November 23, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. The actress is in Cape Town to shoot the final scenes for the Australian blockbuster 'Mad Max 4: Fury Road'. (Photo by Nasief Manie / Foto24 / Gallo Images / Getty Images )
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 02: Charlize Theron is seen with her son Jackson Theron and mother Gerda Maritz on March 02, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
MADRID, MADRID - MAY 17: Charlize Theron and her baby Jackson Theron are seen leaving 'Casa Lucio' restaurant on May 17, 2012 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Europa Press via Getty Images)
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"Of course, I have two black kids, but that was always something I was passionate about. I don't even know how to talk about the last year under our new administration" she explained.

The actress is a mom to 2-year-old August and 6-year-old Jackson, whom she adopted as a single parent.

She revealed in the interview that her own mother, the children's grandmother, is helping her co-parent.

The Oscar-winning actress also shared that some might be surprised she doesn't have a team of 40 raising her children. Instead, it's just her amazing nanny and mother, Gerda.

Theron stars in the upcoming movie "Tully," where she portrays a single mother raising three children on her own.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) TV personality/comedian Chelsea Handler (L) and actress Charlize Theron attend amfAR's Inspiration Gala at Milk Studios on October 27, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/Getty Images for amfAR)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 27: Charlize Theron attends amfAR's Inspiration Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios on October 27, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 21: Actress Charlize Theron arrives at the premiere of DIRECTV's 'Dark Places' at Harmony Gold Theatre on July 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Actress Charlize Theron attends the launch of UNAIDS New Fast Track Report ahead of World AIDS Day 2014 at UCLA on November 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA- OCTOBER 17: Actress Charlize Theron arrives at the Wallis Annenberg Center For The Performing Arts Inaugural Gala at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 17, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Charlize Theron attends the Annual Charlize Theron African Outreach project at The Darby Restaurant on December 6, 2010 in New York City.
PROTECTIVE REPEAT: US actress Charlize Theron poses for a picture at the official grand opening party for the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai on November 20, 2008. Dubai is threw a multi-million-dollar extravaganza today to launch a luxury hotel on an artificial palm-shaped island, despite the bite from the global financial crisis. More than 2,000 world celebrities are due to attend the event which is set to also include a firework display seven times larger than the Olympic display in Beijing, according to the event organisers. AFP PHOTO/KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - MARCH 11: Actress Charlize Theron attends the premiere of 'Sleepwalking' hosted by The Cinema Society and Dior Beauty at the Tribeca Grand Screening Room on March 11, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, United States: Best Actress Charlize Theron poses with her trophy at the 76th Academy Awards ceremony 29 February, 2004 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, CA. Theron won for 'Monster.' AFP PHOTO Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read Jeff HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 16: Actress Charlize Theron attends the premiere of 'The Truth About Charlie' at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on October 16, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Actress Charlize Theron attends the 26th Annual People's Choice Awards on January 9, 2000 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Charlize Theron attends the 'Mighty Joe Young' Santa Monica Premiere on December 10, 1998 at Cineplex Odeon Broadway 4 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actress Charlize Theron attends the '2 Days in the Valley' Westwood Premiere on September 20, 1996 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08: Actress Charlize Theron poses at the photo call For Focus Features' 'Kubo And The Two Strings' at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on July 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08: Actress Charlize Theron attends a reunion for 'Two Days In The Valley' at NeueHouse Hollywood on July 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Charlize Theron attends the screening of 'The Last Face' at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Charlize Theron attends during a press conference for 'The Last Face' during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, May 20, 2016. (Photo by Murat Unlu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Charlize Theron attends the 'The Last Face' Photocall at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20: Adele Exarchopoulos and Charlize Theron attend the screening of 'The Last Face' at the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 20, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Luca Teuchmann/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Charlize Theron arrives at the Premiere Of Universal Pictures' 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' on April 11, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 11: Actress Charlize Theron arrives at the premiere of Universal Pictures' 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' on April 11, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 09: Charlize Theron arrives at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on April 9, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - APRIL 07: Actress Charlize Theron walks the WE Carpet at WE Day California 2016 at The Forum on April 7, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Charlize Theron arrives at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Charlize Theron arrives at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
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