Angelina Jolie, who recently spoke publicly of her decision to have her ovaries removed as a preventative measure against cancer, has said that she believes in the old saying, “What does not kill you makes you stronger”.
In an interview with Elle, the Unbroken director said “we gain strength and maturity” by overcoming difficulties.
“Our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are,” she said.
Unbroken documents the fight for survival of Louis Zamperini, the American Olympic runner who survived on a raft for 47 days before being captured and becoming a prisoner of war in Japan during WWII.
Angelina Jolie on screen
Angelina Jolie on screen
1/11 Changeling -2008
Angelina Jolie plays a grief-stricken mother in this 2008 period drama
2/11 Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - 2001
Jolie stars in the blockbuster film based on the video game adventurer
3/11 Hackers - 1995
Jolie stars alongside Johnny Lee Miller in the 1995 film about a computer hacker who writes a computer virus
4/11 Girl, Interrupted - 1999
Jolie won an Oscar in 2000 for her supporting role as diagnosed sociopath Lisa, alongside Winona Ryder
5/11 The Tourist - 2010
Jolie stars alongside Johnny Depp, who plays an American tourist visiting Italy in a bid to mend a broken heart
6/11 Maleficent - 2014
Jolie stars in the lead as the vengeful fairy Maleficent, who is driven to curse the young princess in Sleeping Beauty
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7/11 Mr & Mrs Smith - 2005
Jolie stars as assassin Jane Smith alongside Brad Pitt. The two met and began an affair while filming the movie
8/11 The Bone Collector - 1999
Jolie plays Denzel Washington's detective partner as the two hunt down a serial killer
9/11 Wanted - 2008
The actress plays a second in command assassin alongside James McAvoy
10/11 Salt - 2010
Jolie stars as CIA agent Evelyn
11/11 Unbroken - 2014 (director)
Jolie with the late Louis Zamperini in her new film Unbroken about the Olympian turned World War II prisoner's life
Jolie said Zamperini’s story is about the capacity of regular men and women to rise above adversity and serves as a reminder to never give up.
The actress, director and Goodwill Ambassador for the UN, recently wrote a piece for The New York Times on her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed as a preventative measure due to her high risk of developing cancer, which forced her body into the menopause.
Jolie carries the BRCA1 gene, which increases the risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Jolie’s grandmother, mother and aunt had died from cancer, and the actress said she had a 50 per cent chance of developing ovarian cancer. Her estimated 87 per cent chance of developing breast cancer had informed her decision to have a preventative double mastectomy two years ago.
Jolie made her first public appearance after her recent surgery at the Nickelodeon Awards, to receive the villain award for her role in Maleficent.
On receiving her award, she told the teen audience that being “different” is good.
“When I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different.
“And I felt out of place — too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in.
“And, then one day I realized something, something that I hope you all realize: Different is good.
“And, as your villain, I would also say: cause a little trouble - it's good for you.”Reuse content