Charlize Theron claims she will remember Seth Macfarlane on her deathbed.

The 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' star, who is dating Sean Penn, admits she always admired the actor, writer and director from afar and is glad he has become a close friend.

She told PEOPLE magazine: ''The most flattering thing you could say to me is that I could be a match to him. I am a huge fan and have been for many, many years.''

She added: ''He's definitely the kind of person that from afar fascinates me. Then you have this opportunity to know someone, and when they don't let you down, that's such a gift. The thing you remember when you're 80 and lying on your deathbed is that. I'll remember the friendship and working with Seth on this movie.''

The 38-year-old blonde beauty previously credited the 'Family Guy' creator for reigniting her love of acting.

She recently said: ''I'd gone through like a two-year period where I wasn't really enjoying making movies anymore. And this movie really just shook me and made me realise how much I love it. I owe a lot of that to Seth.''