An idea that used to make Angelina Jolie laugh nearly 20 years ago might just be her next big aim as the Oscar-winner lady has just dropped the hints on a radio program of her getting into politics and running for the presidency of United States.
The 43-year-old film star is already a special envoy for the United Nations’ refugee agency and her campaigns against sexual violence have already been a hit globally. So, if anything that she has said in her interview is true then we might just be seeing her as a replacement of Trump very soon.
Closing the year 2018 with her interview on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program, Jolie was asked about a lot of things ranging from US politics to social media, sexual violence and the global refugee crisis. The host, Justin Webb had the most interesting question in which Angelina was asked about her future in politics.
Justin asked “I’m not necessarily getting you to run for president on the program but are you moving in a direction of politics?”
In reply the Maleficent star commented, “If you asked me 20 years ago, I would’ve laughed… I always say I’ll go where I’m needed. I don’t know if I’m fit for politics… but then I’ve also joked that I don’t know if I have a skeleton left in my closet. I can take a lot on the chin so that’s good. But I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change.”
Jolie believes that she currently stands at a very interesting place where she can do a lot for people without being greedy for titles. But, at the same time, it has also given her a lot of relevant experience to run for the most prestigious post.
She began her humanitarian work after becoming the UN Goodwill Ambassador in 2001 and taking advantage of the opportunity the actor began traveling more extensively to countries like Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and Haiti etc.
In 2006, while she was also pregnant, Jolie along with her former husband Brad Pitt appeared in a campaign of Wyclef Jean’s foundation, Yele Haiti in which their pictures were sold for nearly half a million dollars, which were then contributed to help the country in the devastating earthquake that rocked Port Au Prince in the following year. Jolie also donated $8 million from her own account.
After that, she started funding more necessary causes which include The National Centre for Refugee And Immigrant Children in 2005, an AIDS and Tuberculosis clinic in Ethiopia and even in providing international assistance to the millions of refugees returning from Pakistan after the defeat of the Taliban.
For her countless efforts to end sexual violence around the world, especially in war zones, she was also appointed as the Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2014.
Jolie believes that education and women’s rights are of utmost importance at the moment and with all her contributions she has also been cited as one of the most influential and powerful people in the American entertainment industry.
Soon Jolie will be working with the BBC as an executive producer for a children program which would be dedicated to educating children about the current state of the world in a better way.
“It is important to help young people in different countries to be connected to each other and to have greater awareness and understanding of the news on an international basis.”
The next US Presidential election will be held in November 2020 and it is pretty much expected that Republican Donald Trump would compete for it again. But if the on-screen Tomb Raider gets a chance to serve the world in her own way, that would be great for the United States.