If she wasn’t making films, Angelina Jolie very likely could have been digging graves. Always fascinated by the macabre, she reveals in a wide-ranging “60 Minutes” interview that she once studied to be an undertaker.
“It sounds like this very strange, eccentric, dark thing to do but in fact I lost my grandfather and was very upset with his funeral,” she told correspondent Bob Simon.
“How somebody passes and how family deals with this passing and what death is should be addressed in a different way.
“If this whole acting thing didn’t work out that was going to be my path,” she says.
Fortunately, the “acting thing” did work out.
While she admits she’s taken a rocky course in life, her guiding star has always been her mother Marcheline Bertrand, who died tragically at 56, she tells CBS’s “60 Minutes” in a wide-ranging interview.
“My mother was a full-time mother,” she told correspondent Bob Simon.
“She didn’t have much of her own career, her own life, her own experiences. Everything was for her children,” she said.
“I will never be as good a mother as she was. She was just grace incarnate. She was the most generous, loving – she’s better than me.”
Jolie has three biological children with Brad Pitt, Shiloh, 5, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 3, and three adopted children, Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, and Zahara, 6.
While Jolie says she’ll never match her mother, she sees to it that her kids always have at least one parent on hand.
“We never work at the same time,” she says.
Jolie and Pitt have become regular tabloid fodder since they began their relationship in 2005.
But Jolie says the tabloids are “quite shallow and often quite wrong.”
“I don’t see those things. I don’t know who they are but I assume they’re not me,” she tries to explain.
“They’re not who I am. They’re not what I spend my day caring about.”
These days she is known as much for her six children and devoted partner as she is for her film work, but she sees her career evolving in another direction.
She set her new course with her directorial debut for the film “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” a love story set against the brutal Bosnian War.
The film caused an uproar in Bosnia because it’s about a Serbian soldier who falls in love with a Bosnian woman.
Serbians were widely accused of raping Bosnians during the war and protesters called her picture a rape film.
Despite the controversy, she says she prefer directing.
“I loved having the spotlight on someone else. I would much prefer it. “It’s nice for all of that [her appearance] not to matter.,” she said.
As for her wild past, “I’m still a bad girl. I still have that side of me,” she acknowledges. I”t’s just in its place now.it belong to Brad], or, our adventures.
“I went through heavier, darker times and I survived them. I didn’t die young.
“People can imagine that I did the most dangerous, and I did the worst,” she said. “For many reasons, I shouldn’t be here.”
Check out the interview below: