Oscar-winning Hollywood star Angelina Jolie, 36, says she’s lucky to be alive after her younger days when she did “dangerous” things, but added that there’s a part of her is still a “bad girl.”
The twice-married star who now lives with Brad Pitt and their six children, said “I went through heavier, darker times and I survived them.”
“So I am very lucky. There are other artists and people that didn’t survive certain things… people can imagine that I did the most dangerous, and I did the worst, for many reasons, I shouldn’t be here,” she added.
For over ten years Miss Jolie has been a “tabloid star”. In the 1990s she tied the knot with Jonny Lee Miller and later was married to American Billy Bob Thornton. The pair wore vials of each other’s blood round their necks. Moreover, Jolie has also admitted to a lesbian affair with Jenny Shimizu, with whom she worked together on one of her early films, Foxfire.
In addition to her tangled private life, she has also undergone such “dangerous” things as drugs and depression. She was even sectioned and claimed to have tried to hire a hitman to kill her.
Jolie still has a number of tattoos, including one which reads: “A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages.”
Miss Jolie, who is now a mother of six children, said she had faced “too many times where you came close to too many dangerous things, too many chances taken too, too far.”
But being interviewed in Budapest where she had shot some of the scenes for her directorial debut “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” Jolie revealed that despite building a family with Pitt, she had still kept her edge.
“I’m still a bad girl,” she said. “I still have that side of me… it’s just in its place now… it belongs to Brad. Or… our adventures.”
By the way, the couple has three adopted children from Vietnam, Cambodia and Ethiopia, a daughter and young twins. Jolie and Brad Pitt have been recognized as one of Hollywood’s most powerful couples since they started to date in 2006, after he parted with Jennifer Aniston.
Jolie is also a UNHCR goodwill ambassador and is known for her humanitarian work visiting refugee camps in the world’s crisis zones.
She first became aware of worldwide humanitarian crises in 2001 while shooting for the film “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” in Cambodia.
Since then, Jolie has participated in missions around the world and met with internally displaced persons in more than 30 countries.
“Awareness of the plight of these people. I think they should be commended for what they have survived, not looked down upon,” she said.
With the lapse of time, Jolie has got more involved in promoting humanitarian help on a political level.
She has become a regular attender of World Refugee Day in Washington, D.C., and she was an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2005 and 2006.
She also started to represent humanitarian interests in the U.S. capital, meeting with members of Congress at least 20 times between 2003 and 2006.
As a result, she pushed for several bills to aid refugees and vulnerable children in the Third World and the United States.