One of Hollywood’s biggest stars ever, Angelina Jolie, talks about how her own experience with trauma in life helped her prepare for her upcoming movie, “Those Who Wish Me Dead.”
In a conversation with ET, the actress revealed that her character in the film, Hannah Faber is a veteran smokejumper who experiences a tragedy at work. While talking about the movie, Angelina told how she could relate to the character due to her encounters with trauma and feeling broken.
“We all have times in our lives where we feel broken, and I was in a period like that,” Jolie said. “I’ve had my share of things that made me feel… you know, hard to speak too much about it, but just overwhelming or broken.”
Faber’s character finally does overcome her trauma and gains the strength to move ahead in life. Jolie says, that she feels incredibly fortunate to have the chance to play this role, adding that she wishes that all women could have such testing times in life that help them unravel their true strength.
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The actress recalled when her mother passed away after fighting a long 8-year battle with cancer in 2007. She stated that she just felt like hiding away and getting under the covers and doubting herself and her strength. To cope up with such times, the actress said that she has always challenged herself with new opportunities and that has always helped her heal from emotional pain. She also suggested the same for others struggling with hard times.
Her suggestion was to go out somewhere, challenge yourself, and see your real potential. Try new things that you’ve always avoided or been too afraid to do and rediscover who you really are!
Jolie also added that she feels better when she helps others or makes herself beneficial to others. She even revealed that it’s what she tries to teach her kids as well. She said she lets them be free and lets them try different things in life, and has tried to instill in them to wonder what their contribution towards others is?
As popularly known, Jolie shares six adopted children with ex-husband Brad Pitt. The children are Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12.
Back in May 2020, Jolie wrote an essay for the New York Times, where she mentioned how she takes strength from her late mother.
Life has taken many turns. I’ve had my own loss and seen my life take a different direction. And it hurt more than I imagined it ever would, but now, with my girls growing up and being the ages I remember so well as a daughter, I am rediscovering my mother and her spirit… She was a woman who loved, even after loss, and never lost her grace and her smile.
Jolie continued to say that she now feels a different connection altogether with her mother, which has taught her to be brave for her children.
I now know what it’s like to be alone and to wrap my coat around those I love,” she explained. “And I know the overwhelming sense of gratitude at being strong enough to keep them safe and warm. When your children come into your life, they immediately and forever come first.