Interview with Angelina Jolie

Inspiring Women

Angelina Jolie on Her Insecurities & Finding Happiness

How she found happiness and why she’s simply not excited about going to a film set anymore.


Angelina Jolie is much more than an A-list celebrity. In addition to her publicity-brewing personal life – with Brad Pitt and her many children – Angelina has always maintained the public’s intrigue.

The complex character is known for her dueling personalities: she’s a biker chick, political activist, and mother all rolled into one. It’s because of her seemingly opposing interests and dedications that few really have a grasp of who the real Angelina is. What better way to find out than through her own – very famously sexy – lips.

Angelina Jolie on Her Insecurities & Finding Happiness

Urbanette Magazine: What’s your take on having a public image?

Angelina Jolie: I like to hide behind the characters I play. Despite the public’s perception, I am a very private person who has a hard time with the fame thing. I would like to be open with the public. I don’t want to keep secrets or be careful when I talk. I don’t want to have to plan things. I want to be outspoken! I want to say my opinions and I hope they’re taken in the right way. I don’t want to stop being free. …and I won’t…

Urbanette: What caused problems in your previous marriage?

Angelina: It was a real deep connection, a deep marriage, so it’s not that simple to say this or that one thing caused the problems. It’s clear to me that our priorities shifted overnight. He’s focused on his music and career. I’m focused on my children.

Angelina Jolie on Her Insecurities & Finding Happiness

Urbanette: Are you ever insecure?

Angelina: Oh, God, I struggle with low self-esteem all the time! I think everyone does. I have so much wrong with me. I’m odd looking. Sometimes I think I look like a funny muppet.

Urbanette: How do you find true happiness?

Angelina: We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. Love one person, take care of them until you die. You know, raise kids. Have a good life. Be a good friend. And try to be completely who you are. And figure out what you personally love. And go after it with everything you’ve got no matter how much it takes.

 We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly. Love one person, take care of them until you die

Urbanette: How did your UN ambassador role affect your film career?

Angelina: My role as goodwill ambassador has made my work as a film star relatively dull. I can’t find anything that interests me enough to go back to work. I’m simply not excited about anything. I’m not excited about going to a film set.

Urbanette: What about your ‘bad girl’ image?

Angelina: Because I seem like a bad girl, people always automatically think that I am 100% bad girl. Or that I carry a dark secret with me or that I’m obsessed with death. The truth is that I am probably the least morbid person one can meet. If I think more about death than some other people, it is probably because I love life more than they do!

Urbanette: How do you escape all this?

Angelina: If you don’t get out of the box you’ve been raised in, you won’t understand how much bigger the world is. You might never find out that you are useful for all the right reasons – and not all those stupid things that people tell you you’re useful for.

Urbanette: What makes you feel special?

Angelina: I’m going to come home and my babies are going to be in little pajamas and come running at me and hug me. Then I’ll feel special.

Originally from Denver and now living in NYC, Angie has been writing since she was small. She lives in the Flatiron district with her partner Tanya and their mutt Sparky (always adopt!) In her spare time she loves to paint (mostly abstract) and talk to random people on the street to find out what's interesting to them.

Reader Discussion: 49 Comments

  1. Sara Rypstra

    This interview is so wonderful! ^^ I see now how amazing person she is. It looks like she gave all of the advice from withing her heart and it’s something that you don’t hear from a lot of people. She tells us to be unique, to leave an impact on the world, and to care about ourselves. She is also outspoken about insecurities and prejudice about herself. That shows us that even the people who are considered the most beautiful are concerned about their physical appearance and that people are generally close-minded when it comes to judging other people.

  2. Jenny Garett

    I really love her! She’s spreading awareness about Breast Cancer and redefining herself every day.

  3. Felicia Stewart

    I used to love her until she had an affair with Brad Pitt during the filming of Mr. & Mrs. Smith, while Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston. Pitt subsequently divorced Aniston and married Jolie instead.

  4. Gwen Keaton

    I think she is an amazing human being. And this interview is really inspirational. Her mother taught her something that is very valuable. The answer to the question “Why are we here?” Her mother taught her that “Nothing would mean anything in this life if we didn’t live a life of use to others.” We are here to make a difference in somebody else’s life as best as we possibly can. As many else’s and in as many ways possible. Two women in two worlds. One has everything and the other has nothing. She doesn’t know why that is. But she is grateful enough to care for the people who doesn’t have anything. And she feels responsible to do anything possible for anyone who is not privileged.

  5. Delilah Peyton

    All the haters with nothing but negative remarks should be ashamed of themselves. This is a wonderful woman who has a wonderful family. They are to be admired not hated.

  6. Jae Medina

    I admire her for having all the surgeries to save her future life so she can be with her children and husband and to prevent the terrible disease from taking over. She is very beautiful and a terrific actress. And she still has to take care of her children and keep her family happy, while she’s reaching out to the world to help those in need. That’s respectable!

  7. Dana Rosatti

    What a wonderful human being! She contributes actively and discreetly to humanitarian demining and those I know who have met her in the field speak highly of her. These are not people easily impressed by Hollywood tinsel princesses.

  8. Ayla Pennington

    Whether one likes her or not, she’s sure pushing the limits and not afraid to try to do what she thinks will make the world a better place. She doesn’t just sit around writing snippy comments online while contributing nothing to society, like so many people do.

  9. Sabrina Grattidge

    As an actress there have been some good performances, the same for her husband. I have only seen one of her films as a director which I liked. As for her humanitarian work well she is trying which is more than most people do. As for happiness who said fame brings you that ? She sounds more normal than many other Hollywood personalities.

  10. Shelley Donalds

    Loved this interview. I think she’s a very inspiratioal and good person. She does a lot of great humanitarian work,bringing situations to light that most people aren’t aware of. And she seems to have grown a lot as a person since her early career. But I still just don’t like her acting or directing. Her acting comes across as stiff and superficial. Kind of like she is a actor playing a actor that’s playing a part. She seems disconnected from her roles.

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