Angelina Jolie Says She Doesn’t Love Acting as Much as She Used to
Angelina Jolie admitted that her perspective acting has changed in recent years.
The 36-year-old Oscar winner, who recently wrapped her directorial debut In the Land of Blood and Honey — a love story set in tumultuous times during the Bosnian War — and is getting ready for the big-screen remake of Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra discussed the life she has led with long-term partner Brad Pitt.
“You’re drawn to certain roles because they question something about life, or about love, or about freedom,” Jolie told the Financial Times. “You ask these questions as you grow up: Am I strong enough? Am I sane enough? Do I understand myself?”
She continued, “I’m older and I know who I am ... and I am less interested in the character helping me answer something ... than in being able to answer it for myself, as a woman, as an adult, with my family.”
It can be derived that acting was a vehicle for her to learn and figure out her own questions and exploring who she was through the characters she would play onscreen. But now, Jolie doesn’t see things quite the same way anymore.
“As Brad and I get older, we’re going to do fewer films,” Jolie admits. “I’ve been working for a long time. He’s been working for a long time.”
“We’ve had a nice run and don’t want to be doing this our whole lives. There are a lot of other things to do,” she adds.
But, Jolie won’t be quitting acting in the very near future. “But I don’t love it as much [as I did],” she clarifies. “I love being a mom.”
In October 2008, Jolie said a similar statement about slowing down professionally. “The kids are my priority, so it’s impossible that from now on I will make fewer movies,” she said at the time, but after made several films, including The Tourist, Salt and provided the voice in Kung Fu Panda 2.