Fans of Angelina Jolie may be seeing a lot less of her on the big screen in the future. The 38-year-old star says she wants to focus more on her humanitarian work as a United Nations special envoy and campaigner against sexual violence in wars.
"I won't be retiring from films completely, but I am going to focus more on writing and directing," she said during a visit to Japan. "I'll be more selective and only make films I feel compelled to do."
Jolie was in Japan last week with four of her children to promote the Disney film "Maleficent," a retelling of the Wicked Witch in the "Sleeping Beauty" fable. The film, which Jolie also produced, focuses on what made the Wicked Witch (played by Jolie) so evil.
For Jolie, the theme reflects a real-life issue she is deeply interested in -- abuse of children. She said she hopes "Maleficent" will send a message to children to help them really understand who somebody is, and not just judge them by what they seem to be.
"How did the Wicked Witch get that way? Why is she angry? Was she hurt as a child? No one is born a 'Wicket Witch,'" she said. "Children are innocent and trusting and sadly, for many, at some point in their life, they are bullied, hurt or made to feel bad...and they change. When they are hurt, it's natural for them to want to hurt someone back and get even, because children don't have the capacity to forgive like adults. It's only when you can truly forgive that you achieve the real victory."
However, Jolie admitted it is not easy to forgive. She said her children had changed her life and were her happiness. "If someone were to hurt me, I think I could forgive them, but if someone where to hurt my children, I'm not sure I could forgive them."
Jolie said that it is important for such victims to know that there will always be someone who appreciates them and to seek out those people, "and not ignore the wonderful men and women who do support them."
"Maleficent" opens in Japan on July 5.© Japan Today