Angelina Jolie opens up about her life, including her exciting new venture, her family, and the reasons behind her decision to take a step back from acting.
Angelina Jolie, the enigmatic actress-humanitarian, graces the cover of Vogue’s digital edition.
At the age of 48, she’s revealing intriguing details about her latest venture, Atelier Jolie.
This fashion endeavor includes an atelier that offers tailoring and upcycling services, along with a gallery space for local designers to showcase their work.
While this may sound like all work and no play, Jolie’s candid interview with Vogue sheds light on her journey through the years.
From acting to family life and her post-split experiences with ex-husband Brad Pitt, there’s a lot to unpack.
A Healing Journey
Jolie disclosed to Vogue that she made a conscious decision to step away from full-time acting about seven years ago.
She started taking on roles that didn’t demand lengthy shoots. Why, you might ask?
“We had a lot of healing to do. We’re still finding our footing,” she explained.
Although Jolie didn’t go into specific details, her film hiatus coincides with the end of her marriage to Brad Pitt.
It was seven years ago, in September 2016, when she filed for divorce after an alleged in-flight altercation with Pitt.
In a moment of vulnerability, Jolie revealed that she’s been feeling a “bit down these days.”
She added, “I don’t feel like I’ve been myself for a decade, in a way. Which I don’t want to get into.”
It’s a sentiment many can relate to when life takes unexpected turns.
The Transformation of Motherhood
Despite the challenges and emotional turbulence, Jolie acknowledged that her journey into motherhood profoundly transformed her.
“I was 26 when I became a mother,” she shared, referring to her six children.
“My entire life changed. Having children saved me—and taught me to be in this world differently.”
She added that her children have been a constant source of strength and inspiration.
“I think, recently, I would’ve gone under in a much darker way had I not wanted to live for them. They’re better than me, because you want your children to be.”
When it comes to parenting and style, Jolie takes a relaxed approach. “I don’t tell the kids how to dress,” she noted.
“Even when they were little, I just put things in front of them. Nobody has to go anywhere if they don’t want to, and if they don’t want to dress up, they don’t have to.”
Atelier Jolie: A Journey of Rediscovery
Jolie’s chat with Vogue wasn’t just about personal reflections.
She was also there to promote the upcoming launch of Atelier Jolie, a socially and environmentally conscious fashion line.
This endeavor played a significant role in her emotional recovery during her Hollywood hiatus.
“I think part of this has also been therapeutic for me — to work in a creative space with people you trust and to rediscover yourself,” Jolie confessed.
“I’m hoping to change many aspects of my life. And this is the forward-facing one.”
The actress-fashionista expressed her vision for the fashion line: “Sometimes the way you dress says, ‘Don’t mess with me — I’ve got my armor on.’ But I want a woman to feel safe enough that she can be soft.”
In a world where celebrities often seem untouchable, Jolie’s candid interview reminds us that we all face ups and downs.
Her journey from Hollywood to Atelier Jolie serves as a powerful testament to the resilience of the human spirit, even in the most glamorous of lives.
It’s a tale of transformation, reinvention, and the pursuit of personal growth—a story that resonates with us all.
Banner photo by Eva Rinaldi via Wikimedia Commons.