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Charlize Theron was too young to remember George Miller’s first Mad Max film, but she vividly remembers hearing about the franchise in her native South Africa, and first seeing Miller’s post apocalyptic world in Tupac’s “California Love” video.

Thats right. Theron admitted to HipHollywood that the song and the Hype Williams directed video were pretty popular in South Africa and she was a huge fan.

“I know that video very well,” said Theron with a smile. ” For some reason Mad Max resonated with people in South Africa and South African culture, and my parents loved the Mad Max films, so I got the Tupac connection. ”

Now some 20 years later Theron is starring alongside Tom Hardy in Miller’s third film from the franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, and she’s pretty kick ass.  Check out the video above to hear her talk about her role as Furiosa, and also Zoe Kravitz, who plays Toast, open up about her love for the franchise.

Mad Max: Fury Road is in theaters May 15.

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