Phaedra Parks of the Real Housewives of Atlanta isn’t the only celebrity with a passion for the funeral industry: Angelina Jolie once dreamed of owning her own funeral home.
Angelina Jolie is a gorgeous actress, activist, and mother, but she wasn’t always so convinced she’d come out on top.
In an interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes, the director of In the Land of Blood and Honey discussed her history, family life, and films with Bob Simon. She mentioned that she wanted to be a funeral director in the past.
In a recent interview, the Salt actress discussed her unhappiness with her grandfather’s burial, saying that the experience almost inspired her to become an undertaker.
“It sounds like this very strange, eccentric, dark thing to do,” Jolie told Bob Simon on 60 Minutes. “In fact, I lost my grandfather and was very upset with his funeral.”
“How somebody passes and how family deals with this passing and what death is should be addressed in a different way,” she continued. “If this whole acting thing didn’t work out, that was going to be my path.”
But everything worked out, and now the Oscar winner is promoting her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, which will be released on December 23 in the United States.
Simon asked Jolie about what those who only knew her through tabloid covers are missing out on. She said, “Me.” “I don’t see those things. I don’t know who they are but I assume they’re not me. They’re not who I am. They’re not what I spend my day caring about. I find them quite shallow and often quite wrong.”
Nonetheless, the mother of six and Brad Pitt’s spouse has turned a promising new page as a director and screenwriter.
“I still think it’s crazy,” she says of her debut, a depressing romance set amid the 1992 Bosnian War. “I think I’d be terrible with a comedy.”
Throughout the discussion, she addressed her dark side, stating that her relationship with Brad Pitt had partially tamed it.
“I’m still a bad girl,” she said. “I still have that side of me…it’s just in its place now…it belongs to Brad. Or…our adventures.”
She added that she considers herself fortunate to have passed through her sad period.
“I went through heavy, darker times and I survived them,” she said. “I didn’t die young. So I am very lucky. There are other artists and people that didn’t survive certain things.”
“I prefer directing. I love having the spotlight on someone else,” she said. “It’s nice for all of that not to matter.” Jolie also admitted that the toughest part of the filmmaking process was dealing with the press promotion.
“I had never felt so much part of a team,” she said of working on the film. “I don’t know if it was the subject matter or just that we all came together in a very specific time and environment about something that meant something to us, but somehow it became probably the best experience I’ve ever had.”
Jolie declared in the same interview that she would never be as good a mother as her mother, claiming that her mother always placed the needs of her children before of her own aspirations.
“My mother was a full-time mother. She didn’t have much of her own career, her own life, her own experiences … everything was for her children,” Jolie said of her mom, Marcheline Bertrand, as she choked up. “I will never be as good a mother as she was. She was just grace incarnate. She was the most generous, loving – she’s better than me.”