In a time when celebrities allow most of their lives to be on public display (Kardashians, I'm looking at you), Angelina Jolie is one of those figures who constantly has the public thirsting for more. This can be attributed to her propensity for remaining tight-lipped about those details we have become almost expectant of from other celebs. In a very candid interview in the December issue of Vanity Fair, Angelina Jolie opened up about her recent marriage to Brad Pitt, saying that being married does, in fact, "feel different." Another surprise was Jolie's confession when asked about entering the world of politics or public service, Jolie stated, in true very-little-further-information form, "I am open."
This comes as a surprise now because earlier this year, Jolie was asked by George Stephanopoulos in an interview on Good Morning America if getting into politics would be the next logical step after all of her humanitarian efforts in the past several years. She answered, "If I thought I'd be effective, I would... But I'm not sure if I would ever be taken seriously in that way and be able to be effective." So, this got me thinking: Angelina Jolie has already conquered everything she has attacked on the entertainment front, so how equipped would she be as a politician? Here are some of the reasons I think Jolie would be a perfect candidate and actually instill some real change.
She's a humanitarian
It's no secret that Jolie has immersed herself in many humanitarian efforts in the past 15 years, notably becoming a UN Goodwill Ambassador in 2001 and in 2012 beginning to serve as a special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. In 2007, Jolie wrote an op-ed piece for The Washington Post calling global attention to the genocide in Darfur, so this is a woman that is not afraid to state a call to action for what she believes is right.
She's an actress with global recognition
The fact that she's already one of the most powerful and well-known actresses in film today would make her causes easier to transmit. She has made headlines through her United Nations campaigns and politically charged films including her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, so it makes sense that Jolie would continue to use her platform with various other causes. As she states in her Vanity Fair interview, "When you work as a humanitarian, you are conscious that politics have to be considered, because if you really want to make an extreme change, then you have a responsibility."
She's got a bit of a 'bad girl' past
Unfortunate to admit, almost any politician's story is not complete without a bit of a "wayward" past and how they have overcome such things to be the upstanding citizens they are today. Jolie is infamous for her antics early in her acting career, being known as the girl wearing all black and vials of her lovers blood around her neck. She adopted her first son, Maddox, from a Cambodian orphanage after filming Tomb Raider and visiting the country on one her UN missions, and so began her transformation into humanitarian Jolie.
She's got friends in high places
Early in October, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Jolie with the status of honorary dame at Buckingham Palace, for her campaigns to end sexual violence in war zones. She also has a working relationship with former U.K. Foreign Secretar y, William Hague, who she began working with after he saw her film In the Land of Blood and Honey, which depicted the violence in Bosnian war camps. A major name like Hague could provide ample support to Jolie's campaigns.
She has Brad Pitt as arm candy
We love to see an intelligent, powerful man with an equally powerful woman at his side, à la Michelle Obama, the baddest FLOTUS of all time. But if Jolie was in public office, we would all have the grand pleasure of a powerful woman with a BRAD PITT as her arm candy. I'm sure Pitt is really smart and great and all that, but let the lady have her spotlight and give me Pitt in fancy suits, all the time.
George Clooney could be her running mate?
This past summer, rumors were running rampant that George Clooney was considering getting involved in politics, specifically becoming a U.S. Senator. Clooney denied these claims, saying, "I’ve slept with too many women, I’ve done too many drugs and I’ve been to too many parties." Well, actually that hasn't really stopped a lot of people, but I digress. He also just married Amal Alamuddin, and extremely accomplished international lawyer. Could we handle such attractive, well-dressed, humanitarian, and intelligent couples in office? Eh, probably.
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