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Angelina Jolie: The Trip That Transformed Me From Wild Child To Grateful Adult

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We all know Angelina Jolie was into some dark sh*t back in the day. And we all know she transformed over night into this humanitarian queen.
But we’ve never really known how or why she changed. Most people credit Brad Pitt to her metamorphosis, but when you really think about Angie, you know a manz isn’t to thank for all of it!
Nope! It’s actually thanks to her first trip to Sierra Leone. Used to the dark side of Hollywood, she learned what real darkness was like — a war zone. And that turned her world upside down.
She elaborates:

I was young, and I was bold, but I didn’t have a sense of use. I didn’t understand the world, and I didn’t understand a sense of perspective that you gain as you get older. I started to travel, and I started to ask questions.
About 11 years ago, I went to Sierra Leone for the first time. It was the first time I was in a war zone. I went to a refugee camp, and I was shell-shocked. Suddenly, the world changed for me.
My understanding of the world changed. I never woke up again wanting to be self-destructive, self-possessed or self-pitying in any way. I realized that it was important to wake up every day feeling grateful for your family and for your opportunities.

And ever since, she’s been fighting for human rights more than working for the movies.
But her latest film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, fuses her two passions. The film depicts such horrific acts of war, she even told Marie Claire she had to leave the set multiple times!
Ya know what, as fun as it was to watch her craziness in the past, we’re glad she polished herself up. Go gurl.
[Image via WENN.]

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Jan 04, 2012 16:10pm PDT

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