Charlize: Sean and I Both 'Shocked' by Relationship
And also, she thinks he's 'hot'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2015 10:19 AM CDT
Updated Apr 15, 2015 10:59 AM CDT
Actors Sean Penn and Charlize Theron arrive for the world premiere of "The Gunman" at the BFI Southbank cinema, Feb. 16, 2015.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – Charlize Theron graces the cover of Esquire's May issue, and inside, she opens up about her relationship with Sean Penn. "We've been friends for 20 years. He was married, I was in a long-term relationship, our spouses—not regularly, but we were in each other's lives," she says, per E!. "Sean liked to have conversations outside of just making movies. That's sometimes hard to find among friends here, and that's where our friendship really blossomed," particularly when they started discussing his work in Haiti and hers in South Africa. But, the 39-year-old adds, "I think that for both of us there was never a moment where we thought that this—what we have today—would ever even be a possibility. Ever, ever, ever. I think we're both finding ourselves at this moment in our lives kind of shocked."

Shocked in a good way, it sounds like: She goes on to explain that she enjoys being in a romantic relationship that was a friendship first, saying, "The moment that we're in is just really good. It's really good, really nice." As for those rumors that they're engaged? It's not clear whether they're true: "The marriage thing is always so strange to me. I love the possibility of anything, but I'm really enjoying myself and the everyday moment and how that coincides with my son and my life and my friends," she says. But either way, she sounds happy: "I'm a very, very, very lucky girl. Very lucky. He's hot. He is hot. How do you say that in an interview? You're a 40-year-old woman sounding like a 16-year-old." (See what Penn had to say about Theron when he talked to Esquire earlier this year—or find out what he's given up for her.)