Angelina Jolie admits that there is a side of her that’s not exactly “sane,” but Brad Pitt has helped her become a better person.
Angelina’s interest in starring in Salt came partially from identifying with the character, Evelyn Salt.
“I loved that she wasn’t completely good. There’s something about that,” Jolie told USA Today. “Not to say that’s me”
“But there’s certainly a side of me that isn’t completely… sane,” she chooses. “Or completely ‘even’ all the time. We all have our dark sides.”
“My evolution, and any extremes in my evolution, has been my personality, out of the nature of what’s inside me,” Angie said. “I’m very unaware of my public self. I don’t read anything written about me. I don’t look at magazines. I only watch the films and premieres if I have to. I still haven’t seen some of my films. If you become aware of a public self, you’re in danger of becoming a very artificial person.”
“I grew up in front of everybody, really,” she explained. “The big years of exploration.”
But her films helped her prepare for her future reality.
“I got married a few times before I actually got married,” Angie said, who was previously married to Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton. “You do all these odd firsts before you actually do them in life… I was a mother in films many times before I was a mother.”
There was a certain madness I was going through,” Angelina said of her past relationships. “I learned a lot about myself.”
And she wouldn’t necessarily want to erase the past.
“People tend to sum up times in your life and simplify,” Angie explained. “I would say there’s a way of being bold when you’re young that seems very brave. What’s perceived as tough is a very funny thing. I think to be a parent is one of the scariest, boldest things to do, as opposed to, um, getting a tattoo. Much more than jumping into a pool when you’re 20.”
Now, she thinks she’s even bolder.
“I see it almost as the flip side. I think I’m finally living completely free and brave. I’m bolder now,” Angie said. “I was a lot less when I was younger.”
Brad has also helped her find her true identity.
“He’s definitely made me a better person. I’ve learned so much from him, as you do when you come together with another person,” she explained. “You both make each other better. You both learn about the best of each other, and recognize the things where you’re failing, or where you need to step up.”
“When it’s a great partnership, you really are patient with each other,” Angie said. “He’s been a huge influence on me. In all ways, from my parenting to my art, to… everything.”