Charlize Theron was left red-faced on a British chatshow when her former dance teacher phoned the programme and revealed the actress' embarrassing childhood habits.
The Monster star was interviewed by U.K. broadcasters Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan on Thursday (05Mar09).
And the segment was going smoothly - until TV bosses made a surprise call to her former dance teacher Bernice Lloyd in Theron's native South Africa.
But despite heaping praise on her former charge's ambition, Lloyd left the Oscar-winner cringing with her tales of Theron's juvenile antics.
She says, "Charlize was a wonderful child. She was always so beautiful and so disciplined and always, always showed entrepreneurial skills.
"She always had these entrepreneurial skills and she used to buy sweets from the school tuck shop and sell them at night to hungry children for a profit. We thought it was wonderful - we, her teachers, thought that showed gumption (initiative)."
But Theron was mortified by the revelation, exclaiming, "Oh my god, Bernice! This in insane!
"I don't remember selling candy at a profit! I did start drinking at a very early age, so my memory is a bit dodgy."