“The strength of women is their gentleness”

Madonna of refugees and vulnerable children, tireless activist for women’s rights, the Hollywood superstar now puts her aura of humanitarian adventurer at the service of Women for Bees, a bee preservation and training program led by the Unesco and Guerlain. Tireless on the humanitarian front, Angelina Jolie is just as offensive in her private life: announced in 2016, the divorce with Brad Pitt is still not finalized… First extracts from our interview.

Paris Match. Engaged for over twenty years with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Women, Hollywood star and muse of Guerlain… How do you cope with this great gap between glory, luxury and activism?
Angelina Jolie.I do not separate. Everything is connected. I try to be honest with myself. I wake up first mom. My children are my priority. Then I work on the causes that I support. Even though I appreciate the chance to be an actress and director and to have a job that I love, that’s not what makes me get up in the morning.

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What motivates you ?
Others. The more I am aware of the injustices of this world, the more I try to help. I cannot stand idly by. I often feel like I never do enough for the most fragile. When I was young, I kept a diary, not to record my memories but because the world upset me. The misfortune of the most disadvantaged made me cry. writing down my thoughts was a way of looking away. Later, I realized that the oppressed needed human contact, and above all that we owed them recognition of the crimes they suffered. It is not pity, I have a respect and a deep admiration for these people whom I met. I want to make sure they can speak up and their voices matter. I am ready to devote my life to it. I don’t want to be part of this world that oppresses others. (…)

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By your mother, you are a little French. What is your relationship to our country?
I love it ! My twins were born in Nice, it’s a very happy memory. Paris moves me: it is all the tenderness of my childhood. When I was young, my mother would take me there. I feel feminine in your capital. Going to the museum, meeting close friends, showing my children so full of creativity and elegance, is giving them a gift and giving them a feeling of freedom and an extra soul.

Three of your six children have been adopted, Maddox in Cambodia, Zahara in Ethiopia and Pax in Vietnam. What do you pass on to them and what do they teach you?
The only thing that concerns me is to guide them on the path of benevolence. I am attentive to anything that can influence them. My children have expanded my ability to love and give my life to others. They often spoke to me about courage, helped me find myself. As they grow up and explore the world, I learn about the different cultures they come from …

Find the full interview in Paris Match n ° 3773 from August 26 to September 1, 2021

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