Angelina Jolie didn't sit idly by with her mutated BRCA1 gene, which doctors told her gave her an "87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer" — she took action, undergoing three surgeries which amounted to a preventative double mastectomy.
And now she opens up about the life-altering (and potentially live-saving) choice, letting Entertainment Weekly in on her mindset.
"I'm great!" she enthuses. "I'm very happy I made the decision. I was very fortunate to have great doctors and very, very fortunate to have a good recovery and have a project like Unbroken to have something to be really focused on, to be getting healthy for, and to be able to just get right back to work."
Unbroken, for your information, is the 38-year-old actress's second directorial effort — the real-life story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who survived a plane crash in the Pacific during World War II and subsided for 47 days on a raft before being captured and tortured by the Japanese.
And "unbroken" could also describe Angelina, who says that she has felt "very, very close" to women everywhere who come up to talk to her about their health concerns — and that she's happy to be an inspiration.
"The reason that I wrote [the May 2013 New York Times op-ed about the decision] was to try to communicate and help and connect with other women and other families going through the same thing. I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people."
Source: Entertainment Weekly via Huffington Post