Angelina Jolie Prefers U.N. Work to Movies
The actress finds fulfillment in her goodwill ambassador and motherhood roles
Angelina Jolie, addressing reporters Saturday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, admits she’s finding it difficult to continue with her film career – given that no screen job can compare with her role as United Nations goodwill ambassador.
Saying, “I’ve never intentionally done any films that I thought sent a horrible message. I’ve done wild things or fun things but not socially irresponsible things,” said Jolie, 29, who has been working on behalf of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees since 2001. “If anything, it’s harder for me to go back to work now.”
As one of several celebrities attending the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain town, Jolie has maintained a low profile and met privately with numerous business leaders. She also confessed that one important priority is spending time with her adopted 3-year-old son, Maddox.
“I’m finding my time at home with my son and traveling around with the UNHCR programs or other parts of the world is more fulfilling and more interesting to me, and I know is more important,” she said.
Since her appointment, Jolie has traveled to more than 20 countries around the world and built more than 10 schools in Cambodia alone. She also keeps field journals of her travels and posts them on the refugee agency’s Web site.
Jolie made her remarks a day after reports of Sharon Stone’s raising $1 million from forum participants to fight malaria in Africa.
Noting how celebrities can help focus attention on important causes, Jolie said: “We need the political will, and that often comes from the will of the people. So if celebrities or personalities can help to educate the people – not influence them, not tell them (what to do) – just tell them the truth about what’s happening and let them form their own opinion, that will strengthen them and they will push their politicians.”