That sleepy Twixmas period suddenly got a bit more exciting this week when those of us listening to Angelina Jolie’s guest edit of Radio 4’s Today programme heard her hint that a move into politics isn’t something she’s ruling out for her future. Could President Jolie be the first female President of the United States?
“If you asked me 20 years ago I would’ve laughed,” said Jolie when asked if she was moving in the direction of politics. “I really don’t know. I always say I’ll go where I’m 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… I’m pretty open and out there. I can take a lot on the chin so that’s good. But I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change.”
Jolie is a special envoy to the UN Refugee Agency, having served as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador from 2001 to 2012. She has previously credited her time in Cambodia, filming Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, as having opened her eyes to the humanitarian crises being faced around the world. She received an honorary damehood from the Queen in 2014.
“Right now, I am able to work with a UN agency… to do a lot of work directly with the people in need,” she said. “I’m also able to work with governments, 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 sit quiet.”
Jolie also spoke about parenthood, and her relationships with her six children.
“It’s funny, children can do two things. They can make you grow up, and you do, and they also add a sense of wild themselves,” she said. “I don’t want them to be perfectly behaved little people that just say what’s absolutely appropriate because I say so – they have to find themselves.”