Angelina Jolie is "bee-ing" brave and spreading awareness for bee conservation efforts. The glamorous star sat down with National Geographic for an exclusive World Bee Day interview and posed for photos, taken by Dan Winters, with the high-flying insects.
The conservation of bees is a cause that is very close to the Mr & Mrs Smith actress' heart. Jolie told the outlet, "With so much we are worried about around the world and so many people feeling overwhelmed with bad news and the reality of what is collapsing, this is one that we can manage." The activist is encouraging people do their "part," explaining, "We can certainly all step in."
In a world where there are many ways to protect our earth and its creatures, the 45-year-old said she believes that the conservation of bees is of the utmost importance. "I don't think a lot of people know what damage they're doing," she said. "A lot of people are just trying to get through their day."
"They want to do good. They don't want to be destructive. They don't know which thing to buy. They don't know which thing to use. So I think part of this is wanting to help it be simple for everybody, because I need that." the mother-of-six said.
Jolie explained that she understands that finding a way to do your part while living a hectic lifestyle can be challenging. "I have six kids and a lot happening," she said of the children she shares with ex-husband Brad Pitt. "And I don't know how to be the 'perfect' anything. And so if we can help each other to say, 'This is a way forward, simple, and this is something you can do with your kids.'"
The Maleficent actress was named "godmother" for Women for Bees, a program that was launched by the United Nation's UNESCO and Guerlain. The program is designed to "train and support female beekeeper-entrepreneurs around the world."
For the shoot, Jolie could not take a shower for three days. The beekeepers advised, "If you have all these different scents, shampoos and perfumes and things, the bee doesn't know what you are.Then you put a few things up your nose and in your ears so you don't give them as many holes to climb in."
The daring shoot also called for patience and complete tranquility. "You have to be really still and in your body, in the moment, which is not easy for me," Jolie explained. "I think part of the thought behind it was, this creature is seen as dangerous sometimes or stinging. So how do we just be with it? The intention is we share this planet. We are affected by each other. This is what it should feel like and it really did, and I felt very honored and very lucky to have the experience."
Although tricky, the A-lister noted that it "just felt lovely to be connected to these beautiful creatures."
While her National Geographic photoshoot may have been a challenge, it seems like a walk in the park compared to her never-ending divorce drama. As OK! exclusively reported, Pitt, 57, is "heartbroken" and "tormented" over losing time with his children amid his messy split with his estranged wife.
A source explained, "Brad wants 50/50 joint custody and he's willing to spend any amount of money." The two separated on September 15, 2016, with the court restoring both Pitt and Jolie's single status on April 12, 2019.