If Trump can do it, so can Angelina
With the House of Lords allegedly in her sights, Jolie wants to be taken seriously, writes Sarah Caden
Given the week that's in it, a week of political surprise, the idea of Angelina Jolie in the UK House of Lords doesn't seem so crazy after all. As we reel from Brexit, and people begin to predict, without a smirk, that Donald Trump in the White House might be the next turn-up for the books, an American movie star in the Westminster upper house is pretty plausible.
Not that Angelina would thank anyone for describing her as a movie star. By all accounts, even though she has a Maleficent sequel in the pipeline, Angelina wants to put Hollywood behind her. She describes herself as a humanitarian and her ambitions, reportedly, are to get away from acting and the triviality of Tinseltown and to make a bid for the House of Lords.
Now, for that to happen, Angelina has to become a tax-paying UK resident, but that is probably a minor issue, given the rest of her CV. While, primarily, the world regards her as A-list Hollywood, that's not where Angelina has concentrated her energy in the last decade. And people who matter take her seriously, something that a lot of actors with political aspirations find impossible, even if so many of them wish for and strive for it.