It seems that growing up wasn’t all that glamorous for bombshell and new hot mama, actress Charlize Theron, as she reveals in an interview for Women’s Health South Africa that she wasn’t all that popular in high school. The South African actress has made headlines with her talent, perfectly sculpted physique and incredible natural beauty, so the fact that she wasn’t the leader of the popular crowd comes as a shocker.

While posing seductively, flaunting her perfect silhouette in front of Matthias Vriens’s camera lens for Women’s Health South Africa, Ms. Theron found the time to sit down for a chat with one of the magazine’s writers where she gushed on her current feelings for South Africa, her love for ballet, unpopularity during high school and more. Check out highlights of Charlize’s interview and a selection of her stunning spread!

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She’s considered to be one of the most beautiful women on earth and with her luscious, picture-perfect golden locks, flawless milky complexion and soft, feminine features she makes jaws drop every time, but it seems that current popularity wasn’t always a part of her life as Charlize shares with Women’s Health South Africa that:

“I wasn’t part of the popular crowd. I went to an art school, where I was obsessed with ballet and I wore nerdy glasses. Boys don’t like big, nerdy glasses, so I didn’t really have boyfriends, but I had a massive crush on this boy – and a magazine writer who interviewed me went and found him. This guy didn’t know I existed in school, but he told the writer, ‘Yeah, tell her the crush was mutual.’ [email protected]#k that! The crush was so not mutual. He was like, ‘Oh, I remember she wore those glasses.’ Eww!”

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Charlize, who grew up in South Africa hasn’t forgotten her past as she has made it her goal to help African communities to understand how to prevent HIV infection, by getting involved in various projects. One of her latest projects is the Africa Outreach Project, which Charlize is very proud of. She tells the magazine that:

“It’s great. We are continuing to find projects that are encouraging preventive care. With this work, it’s like anything in life: if you don’t love it, you shouldn’t do it. I love what we’re doing and I believe in it. Growing up in South Africa, I understand the immediate need, and also feel the neglect of people who have no tools to understand how to prevent becoming HIV-positive. So we’re really trying to encourage existing NGOs to support preventive care.”

The actress was never shy to put on display her love for her home county which she still considers her home. She says:

“It’s a beautiful country and I still consider it my home. It’s one of those places that stays in the heart and soul – it’s always a part of you.”

Check out Charlize Theron’s full interview and complete photo spread in the April 2012 issue of Women’s Health South Africa. Photos courtesy of Women’s Health South Africa