Charlize Theron has a new man in her life.
The Oscar-winning star, 37, is said to have fallen for Eric Stonestreet, who plays gay Cameron Tucker in the hit US comedy series Modern Family.
Eric, 41, who recently split up with his long-term girlfriend Katherine Tokarz, was introduced to Charlize by mutual friends in Los Angeles earlier this year.
‘Charlize and Eric get along incredibly well,’ says a source close to the actress. ‘They started off as friends but things are blossoming between them.’
The insider added: ‘Eric is down to earth and funny and Charlize thinks the world of him. It’s early days but they’re very fond of each other.’
Charlize, who adopted a boy called Jackson in May, broke off her engagement to Irish actor Stuart Townsend in 2010.
The South African actress brought her African-American baby home at just nine days old, but the adoption process took her two entire years.
In May, she gushed about becoming a mother and spoke about the simple joys of changing nappies.
Charlize has recentlyrevealed: ‘I love it! I’ve got to tell you, I’m available for other babies’ diapers to be changed. I can do it in my sleep now. I am so good.
‘I now know how to change a Japanese diaper, a Spanish diaper, an English diaper, a German diaper. I’m like the diaper pro now.’
She added: ‘The one thing I’m grateful beyond anything else is that she (Charlize’s mother Gerda) raised me to always encourage me to be my own person… and that teaches great independence.
‘And I would hope to have my son feel the same way about himself. And kind of go and discover the world in his own skin.
While Charlize has been linked to Prince Harry and Keanu Reeves in the past, she spent nine years with Townsend, with whom she starred in 2002’s Trapped and later Head in the Clouds (2004).
The household name went on to star in Snow White and the Huntsman earlier this year.
Theron has also taken centre stage in hits like The Devil’s Advocate, The Cider House Rules and last year’s Young Adult.
by Helena Bryanlith