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7 Empowering Life Lessons You Can Learn From Charlize Theron

Charlize, you're our hero.

Charlize Theron has been many things over the course of her incredible career -- a powerful queen, a military leader, and even a friggin' superhero. But the coolest role she's ever played is... well, herself. Which is impressive, because have you SEEN her in "Mad Max: Fury Road?"

In honor of Charlize Theron's birthday today, let's take a look at some of the time she's totally inspired us with her own words:

  • Confidence comes from within.

    While teaching us how to walk like a queen, Theron let us all in on a little secret: the key is to think about murder! "It's more of a death stare than a walk, really."

  • Feminism isn't a bad word.

    "Girls need to know that being a feminist is a good thing," Theron told Elle UK in June this year. "It doesn’t mean that you hate men. It means equal rights. If you’re doing the same job, you should be compensated and treated in the same way."

  • Taking a stand is important.

    In 2009, Charlie Theron famous declared that, "I don’t want to get married because right now the institution of marriage feels very one-sided, and I want to live in a country where we all have equal rights." She later clarified her thoughts to Piers Morgan in an interview, saying, "When government starts to tell us who can love and what is good love...I do have a problem with that."

  • Women are as complicated and interesting as men are.

    Theron sure had to field a lot of questions about feminism while promoting "Mad Max: Fury Road," and she rocked the heck out of all of them -- especially this one at Cannes.

  • It's okay to be a little ridiculous sometimes.

    Remember that time Charlize Theron invited President Barack Obama to a strip club? Because that happened.

  • Being single isn't worse than being in a relationship.

    That's what Charlize Theron told Ellen Degeneres on her talk show a few years ago. Relationships are great, but it's also great to be on your own and play the field a little bit -- although it's trickier if you're a celebrity.

  • Chill out once in a while.

    When reflecting on what advice she'd give her younger self to MTV News, Charlize let us know that her biggest regret is not taking time to relax every once in a while. Wise words!