So it may come as no surprise that the 39-year-old actress subscribes to the motto “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.
In an interview with Elle magazine, Angelina said: “I do believe in the old saying ’What does not kill you makes you stronger.’ Our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are. By overcoming difficulties, we gain strength and maturity.”
Angelina, who has the BRCA1 gene, also had a double mastectomy two years ago.
She was speaking to Elle about her film Unbroken, the true story of Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash during World War II, only to be captured and sent to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
- Downton Abbey creator JULIAN FELLOWES has teased that the hit show could return to our screens for a more colourful period of history – or even make its way to the big screen – in future.
Last week it was announced that the period drama would draw to a close this year after series six and a Christmas special, but Julian said he could see the show’s cast swapping evening dress and pearls for flares and big hair for a 1970s revival some day.
Speaking at the Lord Mayor’s Mencap Fashion Show in London, according to the Daily Mirror, he said: “I think in 10 years it could be quite fun, when we have all forgotten about it, if it came back as Downton struggling in the 1970s. We could have all new, different situations.”
Mooting other possible spin-offs, he said: “We could have shows just focussing on Mr Bates and Anna. It depends on the actors.”
- LUPITA NYONG’O has admitted she feels a lot of pressure when speaking in public.
The actress used to work in film production and has said in the past that she struggled to adjust to life in the spotlight.
She told Harpers Bazaar: “I wish that I took it more lightly sometimes because it costs a lot. Which is why I can’t do those speeches every weekend, because it costs a lot to share from such a deep place, if you will”.
- DAME HELEN MIRREN is often called a sex symbol, and has topped several polls of sexiest older women.
But the 69-year-old actress hates the term “sexy”, and likes to think there is more to people than sex appeal.
Dame Helen told the Today show: “I don’t [like the word sexy], because I think it’s totally overused and limiting. It limits human qualities into this narrow, rather mundane... place”.