Angelina Jolie is open to pursuing life in politics
Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie is "open" to pursuing a life in politics, diplomacy or public service, she told Vanity Fair magazine.
Jolie, who won a best supporting actress Oscar award for her role in Girl, Interrupted, has already turned her hand to directing. Her latest film behind the camera, Unbroken, about Olympic runner, World War Two airman and prisoner of war Louis Zamperini, is set to open in December.
The wife of actor Brad Pitt and a special envoy to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that her work as a humanitarian has made her conscious of the fact that politics has to be considered as an option.
"Because if you really want to make an extreme change, then you have a responsibility," she told the magazine in an excerpt from an interview published online on Tuesday.
"But I honestly don't know in what role I would be more useful - I am conscious of what I do for a living, and that (could) make it less possible."
Asked if she sees herself in politics, diplomacy or public service, she replied, "I am open."
Angelina Jolie (C), who serves as UNHCR Special Envoy, listening to officers in the Maltese military discuss rescue at sea operations for refugees at a military base in Valetta, Malta on September 14. Photos: AFP
The following is a list of Jolie's philanthropic and political journey:
- Jolie first turned to The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) after filming Tomb Raider in Cambodia. She was part of the international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.
- Since 2001, she has been meeting refugees and helping survivors from natural disasters all over the world.
- Husband Brad Pitt and herself started the Jolie-Pitt Foundation which is dedicated to eradicating extreme rural poverty, protecting natural resources and conserving wildlife.
- She also donated US$1 million (S$1.29 million) to Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization.
- Jolie was named a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva in 2001, to help educate the public on the plight of refugees and to create awareness of their perseverance and courage they have shown from overcoming all odds to rebuild their lives.
- Jolie has receive several awards such as the Citizen of the World Award and the Global Humanitarian Award due to her incredible contributions and work for the community.
- She regularly attends the World Refugee Day and co-chairs the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict.
- Jolie is on the board of advisors for the Yéle Haiti Foundation and helps Brad Pitt with Wyclef Jean for his Clean Streets project.
- in 2006 alone, Jolie made donations that amounted to more than US$8 million.
Sources: Reuters, Look To The Stars