Watch Maleficent Online. No one could ever accuse Jolie of making acting the centre of her life. A writer and director as well as the Oscar winning star of such films as Girl, Interrupted, The Changeling, A Mighty Heart, Mr & Mrs. Smith, and Wanted, Jolie is also known for her tireless humanitarian work. As a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, she has visited every corner of the planet to advocate for those displaced by war and natural disaster.
Jolie and Brad Pitt, themselves the parents of six children, donate time and money to charities that benefit children all over the world and to various other environmental and social causes. Jolie has received several honours for her charitable efforts, including the Global Humanitarian Action Award.
On the work front, Jolie recently directed her second feature, Unbroken, a film about Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini. Zamperini survived a plane crash and six weeks at sea on a life raft during WWII, only to then be taken prisoner by the Japanese. The movie will open later this year.
The 97-year-old Zamperini turned out to be Jolie's neighbour, "So I can stand on my roof with a pair of binoculars and wave at him," she jokes. "He's one of the most extraordinary people I've ever met."Making Unbroken was daunting, says Jolie, prompting a reporter to ask the actress how she juggles all her work and parenting, too.
Jolie says, "I'm not a single mom with two jobs trying to get by every day. I have much more support than most women around this world, and I have the financial means to have home, and help with care and food, so I don't consider it a challenge."She was able to have her kids with her almost every day on set for Maleficent.
"I actually feel that women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn't complain when we consider all of the people who are really struggling, don't have the financial means, don't have the support. Many people are single, raising children," she says. "That's hard."
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