Governor Jolie? Angelina Jolie is seriously considering a move into politics.
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Brad Pitt‘s wife, and mother of six, Jolie, spoke last week about her desire to step away from acting, and focus on directing instead, telling Du Jour magazine she’s much more comfortable behind the camera, than in front of it.
But on Tuesday, November 25, the 39-year-old star revealed she’s considering taking her career in an even more unexpected direction, with a move away from film, into politics.
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Talking to UK news outlet ITV News, the actress said her UN work, and the direction that it takes, is always based on a desire to make the most difference.
“I’ve always gone where I thought I was needed and when I was working with the UN I was working in the field,” she explained. “I felt I was needed in the field. Then I realized I was only so useful in the field because then somebody had to go to Washington and plead the case, so then I would do that,” she added. “I don’t know what that means or where that will lead me.”
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“So politics is a possibility for you?” asked interviewer Julie Etchingham.
“If I felt I could really make a difference, yes.” replied Jolie.
Never one to shy away from expressing opinions, the actress and director then went on to talk about the what’s going wrong with current world governments, and why it’s something she feels has to change.
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“We have overall a failing of international leadership when we have 51 million people displaced from conflict, more people displaced than since after World War II, when we have completely open-ended conflicts, when we have crises like Syria,” she said.
“We seem to be completely unable to handle it and make ground and help all of the people who are starving and dying at the moment — I think clearly if you look around the world you can say that we simply are not doing enough.”
But while a career in politics is on Jolie’s mind, she’s not ready to step away from showbiz just yet. Shortly after her interview aired on TV, the actress was sizzling on the red carpet in London, wearing a stunning white cape at her new movie Unbroken‘s UK premiere.