Angelina Jolie has had a colorful and successful career as an actress, humanitarian and mother. Although she already has a lot on her plate, Jolie may be adding another credential to her resume: politician.
Jolie sat down with Vanity Fair for an interview in their December 2014 issue, and opened up about how her humanitarian efforts intertwine with her political ones.
"When you work as a humanitarian, you are conscious that politics have to be considered," Jolie told the magazine. "Because if you really want to make an extreme change, then you have a responsibility."
When asked if the actress would pursue a career in politics, she said she was “open.”
If Jolie does decide to make a career change from actress to politician, she’d be in good company. Ronald Reagan was an accomplished actor before becoming the governor of California in 1967, and later the President of the United States in 1981.
Former child star Shirley Temple was appointed Representative to the 24th General Assembly of the United Nations, and eventually went on to become the U.S. Ambassador for Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
Last but not least, the former "Governator" of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was a successful actor and body builder before stepping up to the political podium.
While the actress has never dabbled in politics directly, she does have quite a bit of experience in dealing with social issues. In 2001, Jolie was appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador. She has since been promoted to director and special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. The actress has been successful as a humanitarian, but her film career has prevented her from completely switching over to one in diplomacy.
Jolie is currently directing and starring in her self-written film, By the Sea, and raising her beautiful family with her new husband.
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