Angelina Jolie is considering a political run in the near future. The actress has used her fame to help spread humanitarian efforts for nearly 20 years. Jolie first saw the effects of a humanitarian crisis while filming 2001's Tomb Raider in war-torn Cambodia, later admitting that the experience helped to shape her view of the world. She has donated millions of dollars and countless hours of her time to humanitarian efforts. On paper, Jolie has a pretty good track record that could possibly make for a good presidential candidate in the future.
When asked about a possible political run in the near future, Angelina Jolie didn't hesitate to answer. However, she chose her words very carefully when articulating her thoughts about the subject. The actress then went on to say that the world pretty much knows all of her dark secrets anyway. She explains.
"If you asked me 20 years ago, I would have laughed. I really don't know. I always say I will go where I am needed. I don't know if I am a fit for politics but then I have also joked that I don't know if I have got a skeleton left in my closet. I am pretty open and out there. I can take a lot on the chin. That's good. I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change."
Angelina Jolie received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2013 for her humanitarian efforts over the years. Additionally, she has an honorary damehood of the Order of St Michael and St George. Jolie promotes a bunch of different causes, including conservation, education, and women's rights, but she is probably best-known (outside of acting) for her advocacy on behalf of refugees as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Jolie had this to say about her possible future political fans.
"Right now I am able to work with a UN agency to do a lot of work directly with people in need. I am also able to work with governments and with the military. I sit in a very interesting place of being able to get a lot done without a title and without it being about myself or my policies. So, for now, I will stick quiet."
Angelina Jolie was also asked about the rise of nationalism in the United States and President Donald Trump's hard stance on America first politics. She says that she considers herself to be a patriot and that she loves America, but she doesn't agree that one country is better than another. She says, "I am a patriot but I am also an internationalist and I love and value other people and other countries." Jolie finished by giving her definition of being a patriot. She explains.
"To be a patriot is to be very proud of your country and even your country first but you do not think your country is better than others."
Angelina Jolie could end up running for president, but it more than likely would not be for the upcoming 2020 election. Ronald Regan was an actor before becoming President of the United States and he served two terms. Donald Trump was a business man and later a reality TV star, so stranger things have happened. We'll just have to wait and see what Jolie's future plans in politics are. For now, she seems content to continue her quiet humanitarian efforts. You can watch the interview with Angelina Jolie over at the BBC.