Angelina Jolie Opens About Brad, Downsides of Fame: “I Was Very, Very Lost”
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Angelina Jolie Opens About Brad, Downsides of Fame: “I Was Very, Very Lost”

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Angelina Jolie is opening up about all the downsides of fame.

The A-list actor, who has been in the industry for over 20 years, shared her thoughts in a new interview on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast.

Though most people would kill to be in her position, she had a tough time reconciling with her success.

She was nominated and won countless awards early on in her career, but she was not necessarily happy.

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"I was very, very lost because I didn’t like that life, having that public life,” she shared.

In fact, she nearly quit acting and even enrolled at NYU to step away from the spotlight.

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"I thought I had expressed what I could as an actor and now I wanted to figure out who else I was,” the mother of six revealed.

"I’d done what everybody said you should do, become an actor.”

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She continued, “People tell you if you look good enough, if you have money, if you have success, if you’re an actor; these are all the things that should make a person happy. I was miserable. I was completely unhappy."

However, she of course came back to the industry and eventually met her future husband Brad Pitt while working on Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

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They worked together again on the film By the Sea in 2015, shortly after they tied the knot.

The 42-year-old revealed she made their second film together so they could have a chance to “communicate.”

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“We had met working together and we worked together well. I wanted us to do some serious work together, I thought it would be a good way for us to communicate,” she shared.

“In some ways it was, and in some ways we learned some things. But there was a heaviness probably during that situation that carried on and it wasn’t because of the film.”

Angelina wrote and directed the film, which was about a couple having intimacy issues and fertility struggles.

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“It was something that we were dealing [with]… things happen for different reasons, and things — why did I write that exact piece?” she shared.  

“Why did we feel that way when we made it? I’m not sure. A piece of art can be something that’s healing or something that’s difficult.”

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Though they did eventually split in September 2016, she has no regrets about making the film.

“I’m glad we did that film because we did explore something together,” she continued.  

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“Whatever it was, maybe it didn’t solve certain things, but we did communicate something that needed to be communicated to each other.”