Charlize Theron was shunned by her one of her pal's parents when she was growing up in South Africa, because her mother and father allowed black people onto their property.

South Africa's apartheid system came to an end in 1994, when the country's first free elections were held, and Theron is grateful that her relatives refused to support the regime during the years when it was still going strong.

She says, "I was lucky because my parents didn't believe in apartheid. Their company employed people from all different black cultures, and I was raised with their children.

"I constantly had more black people in my life than white. It was only when I went to Johannesburg that I realised all families were not like mine.

"My friend's father didn't want her to come to sleepovers at my house because he knew (black) people were on the property. I felt sad for her because she was raised in a house where (racism) rubbed off on her. Hopefully, she didn't become a copy of her father."