Angelina Jolie‘s success in Hollywood means she doesn’t need a backup plan. But she had one once: to become funeral director.
“It sounds like this very strange, eccentric, dark thing to do but in fact I lost my grandfather and was very upset with his funeral,” she said during an interview on 60 Minutes Sunday night. “How somebody passes and how family deals with this passing and what death is should be addressed in a different way. If this whole acting thing didn’t work out that was going to be my path.”
But it did work out, and now the Oscar winner is promoting her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, which is set to be released in the U.S. on Dec. 23.
In her interview with CBS’s Bob Simon on 60 Minutes, Jolie, 36, spoke about various topics, including her dark past. Here are the previously unseen highlights:
• Always in Tabloids: Simon asked Jolie what people who only know her from tabloid covers are missing. “Me,” she said. “I don’t see those things. I don’t know who they are but I assume they’re not me. They’re not who I am. They’re not what I spend my day caring about. I find them quite shallow and often quite wrong.”
• Working Mom: “We never work at the same time,” Jolie said of how she and Brad Pitt raise their six children. She also said she prefers “when I’m home with the kids” and that shooting movies full time “would be easier.”
• Looking Up to Mom: “My mother was a full-time mother. She didn’t have much of her own career, her own life, her own experiences … everything was for her children,” Jolie said of her mom, Marcheline Bertrand, as she choked up. “I will never be as good a mother as she was. She was just grace incarnate. She was the most generous, loving – she’s better than me.”
• Becoming a Director: “I still think it’s crazy … I think I’d be terrible with a comedy,” she says of tackling the tough topics in her film, a love story set during the Bosnian War in 1992. “Everything was something to be careful about and sensitive.”
“I am nervous that people are not going to understand it,” she said, though she’s not worried about being involved with a film that has someone else as the star. “I prefer directing. I love having the spotlight on someone else … It’s nice for all of that not to matter.”