Diarrhoea puts things into perspective for Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron knows exactly how lucky she is.

The actress, who is working on the Africa Outreach Project focusing on sex education and HIV/AIDS prevention, told USA Today that her charity work puts everything into perspective.

“I’m sitting on a toilet for seven days with diarrhoea. But it’s the thing that puts everything into perspective,” she said.

“There’s a part of me that will always be the South African who knows and realizes how unbelievably fortunate I have been.

“I’m completely spoiled — don’t get me wrong — but I am not one of those people who needs another box of eye shadow. I only have two eyelids.

“There’s only so much eye shadow that can go on two eyelids. I don’t like a lot of stuff. I have a thing against excess.”