Could actress Angelina Jolie be planning a foray into politics? A recent interview with her on BBC's Today program hints she might.
When asked by presenter Justin Webb if she would be getting involved in politics, Jolie said that her answer 20 years ago would have been no, but now the answer is more complicated.
"If you asked me 20 years ago, I would've laughed," she said. "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. 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."
When Webb floated the idea of Jolie running as a 2020 contender for the Democrats, she simply replied, "Thank you."
Unlike other celebrities who have been floated as potential political candidates, Jolie actually does have legitimate credentials in the arena, being that she serves as a special envoy to the U.N. Refugee Agency and actively campaigns on various issues like refugees, sexual violence, and conservation. Though her father, Jon Voight, is a noted conservative, Jolie is a registered Independent. She also is not necessarily a card-carrying leftist in line with other celebrities and has presented a more balanced view of politics in the past.
"I think people assume I’m a Democrat. But I’m registered independent and I’m still undecided. So I’m looking at McCain as well as Obama," she said in 2008.
In the social arena, however, Jolie is undoubtedly to the left-of-center. Nothing better illustrates that than the treatment of Jolie and ex-husband Brad Pitt of their daughter, Shiloh Jolie Pitt, after she insisted on being treated like a boy.
In 2014, LGBT enthusiasts hailed the two parents as "heroes" for turning their five-year-old daughter into a boy after she insisted they see her as such. According to various leftist sites, including The Advocate, the now-divorced couple reportedly supported their eight-year-old daughter Shiloh's "decision" to both wear suits and be referred to by the name "John."
As far back as 2008, when Shiloh stood at age two, Brad Pitt told Oprah that she insisted on being called "John." His words were echoed in 2010 when Angelina Jolie told Vanity Fair "[Shiloh] wants to be a boy, so we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers."
The Telegraph later used Shiloh's story as a vehicle to help spread some pseudo-child-psychology, advising parents to "allow their child to go through a normal human experience exploring their own identity at their own pace and on their own terms."
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been in a hotly-contested divorce for two years now, which has reportedly taken a personal toll on them.
"The last two years of their lives have been very difficult and stressful," a source close to the couple told E! News in November. "The kids are aware of what's going on. They're old enough to get it" and "it hasn't been good for anyone."
"Their family as they knew it was torn apart," the source continued, "and it's going to take a lot of time and therapy to try and make sense of it all and get back on track. Brad doesn't know what the long-term effects are."