Angelina Jolie hints at a political career saying she is ready to do whatever it takes to make a change
Jolie pointed out in a recent interview that she might have laughed at the mere mention of her and politics in the same sentence some 20 years ago, but now she's ready
Movie star Angelina Jolie has hinted that she might be considering a move into politics. The actress is already an avid campaigner when it comes to globally related issues like refugees, sexual violence and conservation. In a recent interview with BBC, she revealed that she can bring about change through her actions.
The actress said during the interview that although she might have laughed at the mere mention of her and politics in the same sentence some 20 years ago, she would now go where she was needed. "I don't know if I'm fit for politics, but then I've also joked that I don't know if I have a skeleton left in my closet," she said.
She added, "I can take a lot on the chin, so that's good. I honestly will do whatever I think can really make a change." Ever since 2001, Jolie has undertaken more than 60 missions with the UN Refugee Agency. "Right now I am able to work with a UN agency — that is the most in-the-field of all the UN agencies — to do a lot of work directly with the people in need," she said.
Jolie, who recently finalised her divorce with ex-husband Brad Pitt, continued, "I'm also able to work with governments and I'm able to work with militaries. So I sit in a very interesting place of being able to get a lot done without a title and without it being about myself or my policies, so, for now, I'll stay quiet."
In recent years, the Oscar-winning actor has visited refugee camps to highlight the plight of those uprooted by war and managed to broaden her international efforts to protect women, working with NATO and governments to help stop the use of rape as a weapon of war.
Jolie, who is a mother to six kids, released her film 'First They Killed My Father' about Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime last year. She also recently launched the 'Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative' in 2012 with Britain's former foreign minister William Hague.
Adding to her list of philanthropic activities, Jolie is slated to serve as executive producer on the show, which is aimed at seven to 12-year-olds. The show aims to focus on subjects like tech, the environment, and social media.
"As a mother, I'm so happy I will be able to sit and watch with my children and know they're getting a real international sense of the world," she said, during the conversation with presenter Justin Webb.