updated 05/14/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/15/2012 AT 9:00 AM ET
Charlize Theron is a woman who knows what she wants and usually gets it – and that includes her wish to start a family.
“Motherhood was something I always knew I wanted to experience,” the star, who adopted son Jackson in March when he was 4 months old, tells InStyle in the June issue on newsstands May 18. “What a great opportunity.”
The Oscar-winning actress, who stars in Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus this June, says she looks to her own mother Gerda as a parental role model.