Angelina Jolie Says She Would Love To Do This But Can’t Until Her Kids Are 18

Last month, Angelina Jolie launched her most recent film, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Back in the spotlight for her work, Jolie recently spoke on self-acceptance and what she’s hoping to do when her kids become adults.

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Not afraid to wear it well

Jolie is one of today’s most high-profile celebrities. Known for following her own path regardless of what society dictates, Jolie admits she was a bit of an outsider when she was young.

“At school I wasn’t that popular person; I was a punk. I loved leather, PVC, and fishnets Those were my three favorite fabrics in my early 20s,” she revealed, according to Harper’s Bazaar. “I remember the first time I wore PVC pants. I was waiting for an audition, sitting in the sun in L.A. By the time it was my turn, my pants had fused together. I didn’t get the part. But I loved those pants. I wore something similar when I married Jonny [Lee Miller].”

Wisdom from her mom

Jolie revealed that her mother often gave her the inspiration to be her own person, regardless of what others may think. She shared a story of a particular night with her mom where she learned more about self-acceptance.

“I have a tattoo, ‘A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “I got it when I was 20. I was with my mom one evening, and I was feeling lost. I was restless—always. I still am,” she admitted. “We were driving to dinner, and she talked about spending time with Tennessee Williams and how much she loved his words. She told me he wrote that, about the wild at heart.”

Jolie was so moved by the famous author’s words shared by her mom, she decided to commemorated them in ink. “We drove to a tattoo parlor, and I got it inked on my left arm. What she did for me that night was to remind me that the wild within me is alright and a part of me,” the actress said.

Having to keep wanderlust at bay for awhile

Though Jolie’s acting roles, directing projects, and humanitarian work make her a headline favorite, she became a constant in tabloid headlines over the past few years due to her highly publicized divorce from Brad Pitt. After a contentious split that was followed by a custody battle over their six children, the two have finally reached a more amicable point of communication.

Though her relationship with Pitt is now on more civil ground, their co-parenting places some constraints on Jolie, especially when it comes to geography. With a zest for seeing unknown places and cultures, Jolie is hoping to one day reside in a different country but has to put that dream off for now. “I would love to live abroad and will do so as soon as my
children are 18,” Jolie admitted. “Right now I’m having to base where their father chooses to live.”

For now, she encourages others to break out of their comfort zones and reach their own personal potential. “I often ask people, ‘What is it you’ve always wanted to do?’ Ninety percent of the time it is an attainable goal and something they admit they could have already done,” Jolie told Harper’s Bazaar. “I think the challenge is to ask yourself what you’ve always wanted to do, and do it. Don’t just be comfortable with what is generally accepted, but find the new. Find your oxygen, your originality, your own voice. Live more fully. Rebel. Resist. Question. Be curious. Explore. Go outside what is comfortable to you. Say the thing you’ve been afraid to say. Put down this magazine, and go and do one thing today you’ve never done before.”