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Angelina Jolie: ‘I did not want to be an actress’

Angelina Jolie reveals that it was her mother’s determination that drove her into acting, but that her passion is in directing

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Angelina Jolie confessed in an interview with Domhnall Gleeson for the June edition of Interview Magazine that she never really wanted to be an actress and her career path was “thrust upon” her by her mother, Marcheline Bertrand.

“My mom always wanted me to be an actor. And I started going to theater and going on auditions young. I only realized about five years ago that I actually didn’t want to be an actor,” she told Gleeson.

“I’m a very private person. I don’t go out much. I’m home with kids. I go to work. I don’t really like being the focus of attention, which is why I like being behind the camera more,” she answered when asked if being a celebrity was important to her.

The 40-year-old actress and director debuted her movie directing career in 2011 with “In the Land of Blood and Honey” as well as the Oscar-nominated “Unbroken” in 2014.

“I never knew the other. I grew up with my career being thrust upon me. It took me a long time to believe that I could do more than that one aspect of our business,” the mother of six said.

“I’m shy to call myself a director still. When someone says, ‘What do you do for a living?’ I don’t know if I’ve earned that,” Jolie has previously said.