Not long after she opened up about her latest decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to lessen her risks of cancer, the Oscar winner talked to Elle about overcoming difficult times and what we can all learn from the story behind her second directorial effort Unbroken.
When asked about the greatest lesson the film, Angelina said, "Like many of the greatest human stories, it is about the capacity of regular men and women to rise above adversity. It reminds us never to give up, and that having the spirit to fight is what really matters. It is powerful because it speaks to the potential inside all of us."
Unbroken tells the true story of Louis "Louie" Zamperini, an Olympic runner who survived in a raft for 47 days following a plane crash during World War II. As if that wasn't tough enough, he was captured after that and sent to a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
"I do believe in the old saying 'What does not kill you makes you stronger,'" Angelina said when asked about whether struggling can help someone grow. "Our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are. By overcoming difficulties, we gain strength and maturity."
The actress has been on a roll when it comes to inspiring others as of late. She also gave an uplifting speech last week at the Kids' Choice Awards when she won the favorite villain award, saying, "when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different. And I felt out of place -- too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in."
"And, then one day I realized something, something that I hope you all realize: Different is good."
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