Charlize Theron, Ex-Boyfriend Sean Penn Reunite at Cannes, Pose in Awkward Group Photo a Year After Split

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn.
Charlize Theron and Sean Penn. Anthony Harvey/FilmMagic; Venturelli/WireImage

That awkward moment. Nearly a year after their split, A-list exes Charlize Theron and Sean Penn reunited at the Cannes Film Festival in France, on Friday, May 20, to promote Penn’s directorial effort, The Last Face, in which Theron stars. They even posed together for a group photo, but didn’t stand together at all.

Instead, Theron’s costars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Javier Bardem were sandwiched in between the Oscar-winning actress and actor/director.

Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adele Exarchopoulos, Sean Penn and Zubin Cooper (from left) pose on May 20, 2016 during a photocall for the film.
Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adele Exarchopoulos, Sean Penn and Zubin Cooper (from left) pose on May 20, 2016 during a photocall for the film. VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

Theron, 40, looked stunning as always in a blush, belted, lace frock with black stilettos. The face of Dior paired her outfit with a bold swipe of rouge lipstick. Penn, 55, meanwhile, dressed casually in khakis, sneakers and a green military jacket. Also joining the group were Zubin Cooper, Jean Reno and Jared Harris.

Theron and Penn didn’t appear to interact much during the outdoor photocall, though the South African actress was photographed at one point sharing a laugh with her costar Exarchopoulos. She also sweetly smiled at cameras in numerous solo shots. Both stars also sat apart during the film’s press conference that followed.

Jean Reno, Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adele Exarchopoulos and Sean Penn (from left) attend 'The Last Face' Photocall during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2016 in Cannes.
Jean Reno, Charlize Theron, Javier Bardem, Adele Exarchopoulos and Sean Penn (from left) attend 'The Last Face' Photocall during The 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2016 in Cannes. Venturelli/WireImage

Penn made his day in France a family affair. He later linked arms with his and Robin Wright’s 25-year-old daughter, Dylan Penn, on the red carpet. Theron reunited and posed next to Sean and Wright’s son, Hopper Penn, 22.

Theron and Penn dated for 18 months before they split in July 2015. Incidentally, the two apparently knew their relationship was over a year ago at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, as Theron revealed to WSJ Magazine last month in a frank interview.

Zubin Cooper, Sean Penn, Adele Exarchopoulos, Javier Bardem, Charlize Theron, Jean Reno and Jared Harris (from left) pose on May 20, 2016 during a photocall for the film.
Zubin Cooper, Sean Penn, Adele Exarchopoulos, Javier Bardem, Charlize Theron, Jean Reno and Jared Harris (from left) pose on May 20, 2016 during a photocall for the film. ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

“We were very, very new in a relationship,” Theron said. “There was an understanding that I was a single mom with a very young boy [Jackson, 4] who I had to put in a situation where he understood that Mommy dates but that he does not have a father, you know what I mean? You have to be very careful and very honest about that stuff. And Sean was great with all of that.”

(Clockwise from top L) Producer Matt Palmieri, actor Zubin Cooper, actor Jean Reno, actress Adele Exarchopoulos, actor Hopper Penn, actress Charlize Theron, actor Jared Harris, actor Javier Bardem, director Sean Penn and actress Dylan Penn Venturelli/WireImage

A source told Us that Theron was the one to break off the relationship. “It’s just its own beast,” Theron told WSJ. “We were in a relationship and then it didn’t work anymore. And we both decided to separate. That’s it.”

Zubin Cooper, US actor and director Sean Penn, French actor Jean Reno, French actress Adele Exarchopoulos, US actor Hopper Penn, South African-US actress Charlize Theron and Spanish actor Javier Bardem pose as they arrive on May 20, 2016 for the screening of the film "The Last Face" at the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images

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