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Charlize Theron: Single and Loving It!

Actress Charlize Theron graces the December cover of Vogue, talking about her return to the big screen in the Oscar contender "Young Adult" -- and the liberating energy of her newly single life.

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Theron, who split with longtime boyfriend Stuart Townsend in 2010, admitted to the mag, "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," she continued. "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."

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In "Young Adult," Theron plays a down-and-out ex-homecoming queen who goes back to her hometown to try stealing back her married high-school sweetheart.

Writer Diablo Cody ("Juno") explained, "I admit, deep down, I was concerned because Charlize is so gorgeous. It's important to me to populate the films I write with real people, and she looks like an international supermodel, you know? And yet, she managed to channel her beauty into this homecoming-queen sense of superiority that Mavis never let go of. She's incredibly convincing."

Read the full interview at Vogue.com and check out Theron in "Young Adult," in theaters December 16.

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