Angelina Jolie says that she went through an introspective period over the past decade that prompted her to shy away from major film roles. The Oscar-winning actress just launched Atelier Jolie, a purported socially and environmentally conscious fashion project.
In an interview with Vogue, Jolie talks about her fashion fixation. “Sometimes the way you dress says, ‘Don't mess with me — I've got my armor on.' But I want a woman to feel safe enough that she can be soft,” says Jolie. “After I went through something where I was hurt, I had a therapist ask if I would try wearing a flowing garment. Sounds silly, but I assumed that pants and boots projected a ‘tougher' look, a stronger me. But was I strong enough to be soft? At the time, no. I felt vulnerable. Now I wonder if I don't know what my style is because I'm still understanding who I am at 48. I guess I'm in transition as a person.”
In the same interview, Jolie admits she feels “a bit down these days,” adding, “I don't feel like I've been myself for a decade, in a way. Which I don't want to get into.”
Angelina Jolie Says She Started Pulling Away from Leading Film Roles in 2017
Angelina Jolie remains one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors. The daughter of Jon Voight won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in Girl, Interrupted. Her most notable movies include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Maleficent, Wanted, Salt, Changeling, A Mighty Heart, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the latter of which she starred with ex-husband Brad Pitt.
In addition to being the mother of six children — three of them adopted — Jolie is committed to humanitarian causes. She has won several humanitarian awards and works as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Although Jolie reprised her titular role in 2019's Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and played the lead in Those Who Wish Me Dead (pictured, above), Jolie hasn't starred in as many high-profile roles given her stature. She tells Vogue she was “only taking jobs that didn't require long shoots” because she “had a lot of healing to do.”
As for her new fashion venture, Jolie says, “We're still finding our footing. I think part of [Atelier Jolie] has also been therapeutic for me — to work in a creative space with people you trust and to rediscover yourself. I'm hoping to change many aspects of my life. And this is the forward-facing one.”