Charlize Theron Covers Vogue, Talks ‘Killing’ Kristen Stewart and Being Single

Charlize Theron Vogue December cover
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Water works: Charlize Theron on the December cover of Vogue

Eight years after winning an Oscar for Monster, Charlize Theron is ready to make a serious splash again.

For the December cover of Vogue, the South African beauty offers a slick take on Botticelli's Venus by posing for photographer Annie Leibovitz in the middle of the sea wearing a sparkling pewter gown paired with wet hair.

The stormy, oceanic theme continues inside, with the actress gliding underwater, scaling waterfalls, and letting ferocious waves crash against her as she models icy-hued designs from Alexander McQueen, Marchesa, Christopher Kane, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

Back on dry land, the notoriously foul-mouthed and playful Theron opens up about the new currents in her personal life, namely, being single for the first time in her adulthood.

“It was sinking, and I had to give it a fight,” she tells Jason Gay of her breakup with longtime love Stuart Townsend. “I really wanted to try and make it work. That was the priority. I wouldn’t do it any different way.

“I’ve never been single. This is the first time in my life. From the time I was 19, I’ve been in relationships, literally gone from one to the other within a month. It’s been good for me. I’m a creature who’s really found her comfort zone in relationships. It’s been nice to rediscover myself. I had to make a real conscious effort to do it—it’s hard. It’s much easier to lose yourself in flowers and cigarettes and coffee with somebody else.”

Charlize Theron Vogue December

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Seaside heights: Theron rocks a drenched gown in the December issue of Vogue.

The flying solo Theron has plenty of film work to keep her occupied in the meantime. Along with Young Adult (which she calls a "really great f---ing experience"), she's set to face off against Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman.

“She just turned 21,” the Dior campaign model says of the Twilight star. "She’s a child. When I think about myself at 21, I had just done The Devil’s Advocate, and Keanu [Reeves] had paparazzi following him and Al Pacino said this thing to me: ‘If I knew that my life would be under this kind of scrutiny, I would have never become an actor.’  And I thought, Wow. I couldn’t comprehend it.

Charlize Theron Vogue December

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Talk about a mermaid dress ... The actress stuns (sans scales) in Vogue.

“And Kristen is just living this to the max and still has a sense of humor about it. There’s this really lovely quality about her that just doesn’t give a f--k. A lot of people say they don’t, but then they go home and cry and pop a Xanax. Kristen actually doesn’t give a f--k. That’s what’s so refreshing about her.

"I’m looking forward to killing her and taking her beauty,” she jokes. “That’s what happens, right?”

Now here's where having a vampire boyfriend comes in handy.

For more Charlize Theron, visit Vogue online and pick up the December issue, on sale November 22.