Angelina Jolie turned 36 today (June 4). Now closer to 40 than 30, she says her priorities have changed dramatically from her early years when she was rebellious and reckless. “I want to see my grandkids,” she says.
Jolie’s own mom, Marcheline Bertrand, died of ovarian cancer in 2007 at the age of 56.
She saw her own mortality in her mother and being a mom herself has made her more aware of the importance of good health and fitness.
“I lost my mother not so long ago and there is something about the years passing where you really appreciate life more each day,” she recently told the Chicago Sun-Times.
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“And it becomes important for you to stay healthy and age gracefully. I want to see my grandkids. I want to see my children grown and spend the years with Brad.”
“Motherhood has changed my entire life,” Jolie said. “I’m more patient and more silly. I wake up with an immediate constant reminder of what’s really important in life.”
While Jolie is often criticized for being too thin, she reportedly follows a healthy diet high in vegetables and lean proteins and does Pilates and Wii video workouts for exercise.
But in her teens and twenties, the Oscar-winning beauty wasn’t always so forward-thinking, admitting she took drugs, cut herself, drank a lot and was extremely self-destructive, even suicidal.
Being cast as the athletic action hero in “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” in 2001 forced Jolie to overhaul her unhealthy lifestyle, and her 2002 adoption of son Maddox further cemented changes in her life.
“I used to smoke and drink and eat lots of sugar,” Angelina admitted in 2001. “And I’d skip breakfast and instead have a cigarette and coffee. I had to undergo a complete re-adjustment.”
As Lara Croft, Jolie famously underwent hours of daily fight-training, martial arts workouts and followed a strict high-protein, no junk-food diet.
Angelina followed a similarly grueling diet and workout regimen for the 2010 spy thriller “Salt.”
Jolie, who’s hailed worldwide for her exotic beauty, hasn’t had any plastic surgery and doesn’t plan to, but says people should get it if it makes them feel better.
“I haven’t had anything done and I don’t think I will,” Jolie said. “But if it makes somebody happy, then that’s up to them.
“I’m not in somebody else’s skin to know what makes them feel better about themselves. But I don’t plan to do it myself.”
Ironically, Angelina’s trademark pillow lips and chiseled cheebones are the most requested in plastic surgeons’ offices, but fortunately for Jolie, her good looks came naturally.
Her star power is just as strong as ever. Even though her last movie “The Tourist,” with Johnny Depp, had a so-so run domestically, it has become an international hit.
The Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck-directed movie has grossed $210.7 million internationally, compared with a domestic gross of $67.6 million. The film cost $100 million to make and market.
Angelina is gearing up to play Cleopatra in a new film based on based on a biography by Stacy Schiff.
The book emphasizes the Egyptian queen’s skill at diplomacy and war, and plays down her popular reputation as a seductress.