Tabloids have a field day whenever a movie star is photographed with a particularly aggressive pimple or wearing one of last season’s outfits. God only knows what they might have said about Charlize Theron if she had been famous at ten because at that point, she didn’t even have teeth.

Apparently, when the beautiful thirty-six-year-old actress was a girl, she suffered from jaundice. South African doctors put her on a steady stream of antibiotics, and as a horrible side effect, the medication rotted all of her teeth. Without other options, the dentists were forced to simply cut them out, leaving her to suffer through grade school looking like a bizarre carnival attraction. Here’s what she told The Sun
That was tough, you know, being in school having photos taken while I was pretending I had teeth. It was hideous.”

Luckily for Theron, her mouth problem was corrected by the time she reached high school. At sixteen, she was discovered by a modeling scout, and the appearance abnormalities evolved into a funny story that could be laughed about. Life’s middle fingers always take on more humor in retrospect.

To see why Theron is widely-regarded as a wonderful actress, you can check her out in the upcoming Prometheus. To see why she’s an all-around cool lady, you should try to find the Top Chef episode she makes a guest appearance on. She’s got a wicked sense of humor. Her toothless ten-year-old self would be proud.

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