President Jolie? Hollywood star Angelina 'open' to entering politics
Angelina Jolie says she is "open" to the idea of going into politics, because she has a "responsibility"
Angelina Jolie has said she could consider a career in politics, describing herself as “open” to a life of diplomacy or public service.
Jolie, who last month was made an honorary dame by the Queen for her campaigning work fighting sexual violence, has often been asked if she would consider swapping acting for politics.
But in an interview for the December issue of Vanity Fair magazine, which goes on sale on November 11, she said that, for the first time, she was warming to the idea.
“When you work as a humanitarian, you are conscious that politics have to be considered,” she said. “Because if you really want to make an extreme change, then you have a responsibility.
“But I honestly don’t know in what role I would be more useful — I am conscious of what I do for a living, and that could make it less possible.”
When directly asked if she sees herself pursuing a life in politics, diplomacy, or public service, Jolie replied: “I am open.”
The 39-year-old actress is currently in Malta filming By The Sea with her husband Brad Pitt – their first film together since Mr and Mrs Smith, in 2005.
She has a long history of dedication to political and humanitarian causes, having lobbied the UN to make her a Goodwill Ambassador in 2001, and since then travelled the world on a variety of causes.
In 2005, to coincide with a UN summit on meeting the millennium development goals, she made a documentary for MTV about Kenya, entitled The Diary of Angelina Jolie and Dr Jeffrey Sachs in Africa.
“Africa is beautiful, marvellous, smart people, strong people, strong country and has a potential to be so much,” she said at the time. “I’d love to see Africa flourish. It’s magnificent and it has so much hope, so much possibility.”
In 2007, she made headlines when she wrote an op-ed piece for The Washington Post calling global attention to the genocide in Darfur. She has also championed projects in Afghanistan, Haiti and Cambodia.
And she has been open in her admiration of, and working relationship with, William Hague, the former foreign secretary.
The pair have been campaigning together since he saw Jolie’s film In the Land of Blood and Honey, which depicted camps during the Bosnian war where thousands of women were raped.
Jolie, who also the special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), said she and “William” are “now very much focused on the next stage of our campaign,” despite him leaving the Foreign Office earlier this year.
She added: “We are both absolutely committed to this cause and to our partnership on this issue.”