Angelina Jolie hinted Friday that she might enter politics – and even seek the White House.
“If you asked me 20 years ago, I would’ve laughed… I always say I’ll go where I’m needed, I don’t know if I’m fit for politics… but then I’ve also joked that I don’t know if I have a skeleton left in my closet,” the 43-year-old Hollywood actress said in an interview with the BBC’s “Today.”
“I am pretty open and out there. I can take a lot on the chin. That’s good. I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change,” she told host Justin Webb.
The California-born humanitarian and special envoy the UN Refugee Agency discussed a wide range of issues, including social media, sexual violence and the global refugee crisis – but also waded into politics.
“Right now I am able to work with a UN agency to do a lot of work directly with people in need,” she said.
“I’m also able to work with governments and I’m also able to work with militaries, and so I sit in a very interesting place of being able to get a lot done without a title and without it being about myself or my policies,” she continued.
Jolie added that “for now,” she would stay quiet.
That comment prompted Webb to press her on whether she could be on the list for the Democrats’ next presidential nomination, she coyly replied: “Thank you.”
And when asked about the rise of nationalism under President Trump and his pursuit of an “America First” agenda, Jolie drew a distinction between patriotism and “narrow nationalism.”
“I am a patriot but I am also an internationalist and I love and value other people and other countries,” she said.
“To be a patriot is to be very proud of your country and even your country first but you do not think your country is better than others.”