Wearing a floor-length Yves Saint Laurent black gown at the London premiere of her fiance Brad Pitt’s film World War Z, Angelina Jolie revealed to reporters that she had been “very moved” by the support she had received after going public with news of her operation.
“I’ve been very happy just to see the discussion about women’s health expanded and that means the world to me,” she told reporters on the red carpet.
“After losing my mum to these issues I’m very grateful for it, and I’ve been very moved by the kind support from people,” the mother of six added.
Last month the 37-year-old announced that she had undergone double mastectomy as she had been diagnosed with the ‘faulty’ BRCA1 gene and had an 87 per cent chance of contracting breast cancer.
The actress told the media that she had both breasts removed to reduce her chances of dying of cancer like her mother Marcheline Bertrand, who she lost at the age of 56 to ovarian cancer in 2007, The Telegraph reports.
“I do not feel any less of a woman,” she wrote at the time. “I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.”
Jolie, who accompanied her fiancé Pitt, praised him, saying: “He’s been extraordinary. He’s such a wonderful man and a wonderful father and I’m very, very lucky.”
Pitt, 49, said at the event held at The Empire in Leicester Square that he was “very proud” of how the mother of his children had got through her tough times.
“I’m just relieved that that’s not going to be the thing that takes her out,” he said. “The biggest fear as a father is keeping the family alive and safe and together… and she did that. I’m getting a bit teary-eyed thinking about it.”
On Jolie’s decision to go public with news of her operation, he said: “It is heroic. She realises that this is not available for everyone and it should be. The things we’ve gone through we’ve made an adventure out of it.”
“As the other half, you’re sitting and waiting… but I got the easy part. It’s emotional. The importance of what people could be doing and what should be available to all overrode everything else.”
“Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie’s choice, as well as many others like her, absolutely heroic,” Pitt said in a statement following Jolie’s announcement last month. “I thank our medical team for their care and focus.”
Pitt was also asked about the problems that have faced when filming World War Z’s, including the ending having to be re-written and reshot.
“You got to stick with the film until you get it right,” said Pitt, adding: “It’s the best summer film I have ever made. I don’t normally do this kind of affair. If you want to do it, do it big.”
The film is based on a 2006 book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, written by Max Brooks, which reveals the story of a global war following a virus outbreak that turns millions of people into zombies.