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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 April 2019

Angelina for President? Jolie says she's not ruling out public office in the future

Her response when asked if she'd run for public office? 'Never say never'

Angelina Jolie is an actress, but also a social activist, and says she may one day run for public office. Getty Images 
Angelina Jolie is an actress, but also a social activist, and says she may one day run for public office. Getty Images 

Angelina Jolie is not ruling out running for public office.

The 43-year-old actress and U.N. special envoy told People magazine "never say never!" when asked if that was a direction she may move in. She also said, however that she's "looking to others for leadership."

In her role with the U.N.'s High Commission for Refugees, Jolie recently urged nations to deploy more women peacekeepers in order to prevent sexual violence against refugees.

Jolie says "we have to change laws that treat women as second-class citizens."

Since breaking up with Brad Pitt more than two years ago, Jolie says she is focused on their six children and her work. Her oldest, Maddox, enters college in the fall. She recently wrapped up work on her first starring movie role in four years in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil is due out in October.

When at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday, Jolie said her work promoting equality for women, combatting injustice, and helping refugees are the most important parts of her life after her six children.

Actress and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie addresses a meeting of the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial: Uniformed Capabilities, Performance and Protection at the United Nations in New York March 29, 2019 in New York City. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY
Actress and UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie addresses a meeting of the UN Peacekeeping Ministerial: Uniformed Capabilities, Performance and Protection at the United Nations in New York last week. Photo: AFP

"But in many ways, they go hand in hand," she said in an interview late Friday with The Associated Press. "It's what I hope my children know is important."

The Oscar-winner is focused on trying to help millions of people caught up in the world's crises and conflicts, a passion that began in 2001 when she started working for the United Nations refugee agency and traveling to camps for displaced people often in poor developing countries.

"There are simply so many people around the world suffering, and with so little and in so much pain, and to not be spending our time conscious of them and finding solutions for them — it's an empty life," she said.

Other celebrities who have kept the door open to politics include Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, Cher and, more infamously, Kanye West.

Updated: April 4, 2019 10:04 AM

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