Even when you’re one of the most beautiful women in the world, dating can be rough. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight on Thursday, Charlize Theron revealed that she’s been single for the better part of a decade, but still struggles to find men with the confidence to ask her out.
Theron, who was promoting her new romantic comedy Long Shot along with co-star Seth Rogen, said that one reason she remains unattached is that she expects potential dating prospects to make the first move—and not many guys are willing.
“I’ve been single for ten years—it’s not a long shot,” she said. “Somebody just needs to grow a pair and step up. I’m shockingly available…I’ve made it very clear.” Fittingly, Theron’s new movie Long Shot is about a journalist-turned-speechwriter (Rogen) falling for a Presidential candidate (Theron), who also happens to be his childhood babysitter.
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Theron’s claim that she’s been available for the better part of a decade, however, isn’t entirely true. Notably, she started dating Sean Penn in 2013, and was briefly engaged to the actor before the couple called things off in 2015.
If you’re the kind of guy who tends to second guess himself when making the first move, take some advice: Don’t be coy.
As marriage and sex therapist Jane Greer previously told Men’s Health, using lines like “let’s hang out” may leave your date wondering whether or you’re just looking for a buddy to join you over drinks.
Instead, be direct: Try something more direct such as, “I’d like to take you out.” That way, you’re not leaving anything—like your willingness to step up—in question.