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Charlize Theron's ring ignites Sean Penn engagement rumors

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Charlize Theron wears new rock on ring finger, sparking Sean Penn engagement rumors

Charlize Theron fueled the already-swirling engagement rumors when she wore a sparkling rock on her ring finger, hinting at a possible proposal from Sean Penn.

The 38-year-old actress was spotted wearing a new diamond ring on her left hand as she walked through the Los Angeles International Airport Wednesday, People magazine reported. The new piece of jewelry added to recent speculation that Theron and Penn are getting ready to tie the knot.

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Theron had recently said in an interview with Vogue that she is not one to dwell on wedding wishes, saying she "never had the dream of the white dress." However, Penn, 53, may just have been the perfect man to change her mind.

"[Charlize] likes guys with more substance. She finds Sean very charming and he makes her laugh," a source told People. "She definitely has him wrapped around her finger."

While reps for both stars did not return comment, Theron and Penn have avoided answering questions about an engagement since they started dating back in January. The two have been pals for years, but made their first appearance as a couple at Penn's third annual Help Haiti Home gala.

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Theron and Penn went on to show off their romantic relationship during vacations in Hawaii and Mexico. Since then, friends of the couple have said that they would not "be surprised" if the two ended up getting married at some point.

Aside from hanging out together socially and romantically, Theron and Penn are also set to work together on the upcoming film, The Last Face. The project will be directed by Penn and features Theron as the lead, starring opposite Adele Exarchopoulos and Javier Bardem.

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