Mum helped Charlize Theron adapt to parenthood

Updated: Jun 16, 2012, 19:15 PM IST

Washington: Charlize Theron has heaped praise on her mother, Gerda, for helping her adapt to parenthood.

The Monster star has admitted that had it not been for her mum, she would have been struggling to balance film work with diaper duties.

The 36-year-old star, who adopted baby Jackson at the age of four months in March, 2012, had to embark on a world tour almost immediately to promote her new movies ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ and sci-fi thriller ‘Prometheus’.

Theron insisted that she is lucky to have her 59-year-old mum by her side to lend a hand and she credits the tot with bringing mother and daughter even closer.

"She has taken to the role of grandmother like a fish to water. I have moments where I look at her and go, ``Were you this nice to me?`` It heightens your relationship, which is really bizarre because I didn``t think I could get any closer to my mum. I would not be able to do this without her,” Contactmusic quoted her as telling People magazine.

"Right now, like any working mum, I``ve been just trying to figure out how to juggle everything. But I know what my priorities are. This is everything that I``ve dreamed of and about for a really long time,” she added.