Angelina Jolie is well-known throughout Hollywood and all over the world for her award-winning acting chops and her breathtaking beauty. Ironically, mega-famous Jolie is also known for maintaining her privacy as she lives life in the public eye.
With her recent split from actor Brad Pitt, it seems that the world has gained increasing interest in Jolie now more than ever before, causing for prying eyes and ears to soak up every last bit of information they can get their hands on.
Even amongst this, Jolie has managed to gain more control of her public image becoming very selective of what she allows the world to see and know of her, her career, and her family.
So, if you’re a fan of Angelina Jolie, here are 20 revealing facts about her that you should know.
20 She’s Been Named A Dame
Queen Elizabeth named Jolie an honorary Dame in 2014 as a result of her long-standing dedication to her humanitarian work.
This included her work in UK foreign policy, as well as her petition to end sexual violence in warzones.
19 Finds Classical Music Curative
Jolie has a very unique connection to music, particularly classical music.
In a 2014 interview with Classic FM, Jolie stated that she classical music forces her to slow down when she is overwhelmed, but will only use it “to be prescribed a certain tone or a certain influence."
18 Secretly Suffered From Bell’s Palsy
In 2016 Jolie developed Bell’s Palsy, a conditioned caused by damage to the facial nerves. This caused one side of Jolie’s face to droop down.
However, she wasted no time when it came to treatment and made a full recovery with the help of acupuncture.
17 No Rest For The Wicked Woman
In a 2019 essay for Elle magazine, Jolie discusses the idea of “wicked women”— ones who fight for injustice and the right to be heard, risking fatal consequences in the process.
She expressed that if this “is wickedness, then the world needs more wicked women.”
16 She Has A Fascination With Funerals
Prior to her success in Hollywood, Jolie was unsure about what she wanted to do with her life.
Though she enrolled herself at the Lee Strasburg Theatre Institute, she dropped out two years later with plans to become a funeral director and study the process of embalming.
15 She’s A Licensed Pilot
Any mother would go to incredible lengths for their child, and that’s what Jolie did for her son Maddox when she became a licensed pilot in 2004.
Because her son was extremely fascinated by aircraft, Jolie thought he would think she was the coolest mother if she could fly a plane.
14 10 Million Dollar Woman
Luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton paid a hefty price tag to land Jolie as a one-time spokesperson for a campaign in 2011.
The brand reportedly paid Jolie $10 million for her participation in the advertisement, all of which she donated to charity.
13 Tied The Knot At 21
Involved in a string of very publicized and high-profile marriages with the likes of Billy Bob Thornton and Brad Pitt, Jolie’s first marriage was to actor Johnny Lee Miller.
The couple married in 1996 when Jolie was only 21 years old and divorced three years later.
12 Suspiciously Strong Brotherly Bond
During her early adult years, Jolie developed a very strong and public bond with her brother James Haven.
The public became suspicious when Jolie and Haven shared a very intense kiss at the Academy Awards in 2000, provoking massive controversy, and suspicions of an incestuous relationship.
11 She Loves (And Houses) Many Animals
In a 2017 Vanity Fair interview, Jolie noted that though she prefers dogs to cats, and owns two of her own, she revealed that she owns many other animals.
These include a hamster, rabbit, snake and lizard. Talk about a full house.
10 Not The Finest Chef
Jolie has previously stated that she lacks even the most basic of cooking skills, as well as the patience needed to operate in the kitchen.
Despite this, she admitted in a 2017 interview with Vanity Fair that she has since taken up cooking lessons, at the request of her children.
9 Past Preventative Medical Procedures
Along with her short encounter with Bell’s Palsy, Jolie has undergone a double mastectomy and had her ovaries removed.
This was done as a preventative measure, given that she is predisposed to developing ovarian cancer, the same cancer that took her mother’s life.
8 One Heck Of A Humanitarian
A major part of Jolie’s life has been dedicated to her humanitarian work. Her passion was sparked early on in her life, which lead her to earn a Goodwill ambassadorship in 2001.
Jolie has since spent much of her life raising awareness and funds for causes close to her heart.
7 Family Matters More Than Anything
Like any mother, Jolie values the happiness and health of her children above all else, even if that means sacrificing her own.
Particularly during her difficult divorce with Brad Pitt, she stated she would cry in the shower, as not to let her children see her in pain.
6 Lady Of Many Lands
With three of her six children being adopted, Jolie’s large, culturally diverse family is well known in Hollywood and the rest of the world.
So, it is no surprise that Jolie has multiple citizenships and is currently a citizen of the United States, Europe, and Cambodia.
5 Worry-Free Jolie
Being as busy as she is, Jolie does not have time to worry or spend time on trivial matters.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, she explained that she enlisted an interior designer friend of hers to decorate her house, noting that Brad Pitt would often take care of such things.
4 Hopes Cinema Would Save Her Relationship
Prior to their divorce, Jolie and ex-husband, Brad Pitt worked together on 2015’s By The Sea, in hopes that it would mend their relationship in some capacity.
Jolie admitted that she thought the working environment would better their communication with one another.
3 Single Mom Syndrome
Though Jolie lives a very intense and busy life, she is first and foremost mother to her children, and sometimes struggles to find the balance between work and her home life.
She confessed to Vanity Fair that she would be investing more time into her home life, doing motherly tasks.
2 Rocky Relationship With Her Father
It is no secret to the world that Jolie and her father, actor Jon Voight, did not have the smoothest father-daughter relationship.
Though she was estranged from him for the majority of her life, they have recently began to rebuild their broken bond.
1 Problematic Past
Jolie may lead a rather calm life now that she is a mother of six children, but her past was anything but that.
During her youth, Jolie lived a wildlife that included her use of many dangerous narcotics as well as a bizarre relationship with Billy Bob Thornton.
Sources: Eonline.com, Popsugar.com, Theguardian.com, Thefamouspeople.com, Shape.com, Boomsbeat.com, People.com, Mirror.co.uk, Classicfm.com, Elle.com, Vogue.com.au, Vanityfair.com