Charlize Theron: Sometimes motherhood makes me ‘lose my mind’

It’s easy to watch Charlize Theronon the red carpet and think, “She has no idea what it’s like to wipe up baby puke.” But as a single parent of Jackson, 6, and August, 2, the Oscar winner’s life is anything but mess free. 

“Raising kids is not through rose-colored lenses. There is real grit to it,” the 42-year-old actress told Us Weekly and other reporters at the Wednesday, April 18, Tully premiere in L.A. 

Theron, who plays an exhausted, suburban mom in the Jason Reitman-directed drama, looked glamorous in a Dior gown with butterfly embellishments. By Theron’s side: her mom, Gerda Maritz, who is helping the star raise her children. (Maritz lives just up the street from her famous daughter!)

“I think every piece of advice has been really good from my mom. She’s like, ‘You know, what, tomorrow is going to be a new day. It’s not the end of the world,’” Theron revealed. “Sometimes I lose my mind especially in a car, like when we’re on a road trip or something. She’ll look at me and laugh . . . Then she’ll say, ‘It’s just a moment. It’s going to pass. It’s going to pass.’”

Theron finds tremendous comfort in Maritz: “It’s really good to hear that when you’re in the middle of it.”

The South African native opened up on Tuesday about gaining “close to 50 pounds” for Tully. “I would literally wake up at two in the morning and I’d have a cup of cold macaronie and cheese just next to me,” she recalled while speaking to Entertainment Tonight. “I would wake up and I would just eat it. I would just, like, shove it in my throat.”

Jackson and August were convinced the bigger tummy meant a brother or sister was on the way. “My kids still refer to this movie as the movie where mommy had a big belly,” she quipped. “There’s nothing fun about that.”

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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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