Angelina Jolie: ‘I feel much more comfortable in my 40s than I did when I was younger’

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Angelina Jolie covers the latest issue of British Vogue and the photos are magnificent. The photoshoot took place at the LA mansion she bought following her separation from Brad Pitt, and it’s some kind of big, historic LA property. Angelina’s kids are all animal lovers, so little surprise that in recent years, the Jolie-Pitt clan has collected quite the menagerie as well, including two dogs who seemed to want to be in the editorial. British Vogue says these dogs are named Dusty and Sophia! Angelina also modeled some of the clothes in her own closet, including one caftan which makes my heart sing. “Angelina and her sack dresses” is the true untold love story. British Vogue also highlighted Angelina’s charity work, and her love of vintage fashion. You can read the British Vogue profile here. Some highlights:

Her personal style: “I invest in quality pieces, and then just wear them to death. Boots, a favourite coat, a favourite purse, I don’t change things often, you know? That’s one of my things.” Her favorite things include “a Phoebe Philo-era Céline Clasp bag, Valentino Vlogo sandals, Salvatore Ferragamo’s classic wool coat, Saint Laurent jeans, The Row’s Martina dress, and Gabriela Hearst’s Hermina and Iris dresses.” At home, it’s “robes… lots of robes, and kaftans,” she adds. Jolie recommends “enjoying your vintage pieces, if you have them, and rediscovering some vintage shops.” Her most prized pieces worn every day say a lot about her character: her mother’s Cartier watch and Guerlain beauty products, the smell of which also reminds Jolie of her.

Being at home in LA during the pandemic: “I think that like most families, we have had this bigger thing happening with the pandemic. But of course you also have these life markers. We went into it having just gotten out of the hospital with Zahara [who underwent surgery early last year], and we were so happy she was OK that we entered lockdown in a different state of mind. But, you know, there are also these other markers of life: Pax going into his senior year, but not being able to enjoy all that it is to be a senior; Zahara finally getting her driving licence, but she’s taking the test with the driver wrapped in the full outfit with the masks. It’s not how you imagine these moments. But birthdays go on, and I think that for many people, it’s made us all feel very human together. There’s something beautiful about that.

Her home, which is Cecil B DeMille’s former estate: “I wanted it to be close to their dad, who is only five minutes away. I felt a little pressure moving in. Like I had snuck into where DeMille and Chaplin would hang out. I love most that there is no entertainment room, but lots of pathways and places to walk and think. I feel very fortunate we have that at this time.

She never wanted a traditional life: “Well, I was never very good at sitting still. Even though I wanted to have many children and be a mom, I always imagined it kind of like Jane Goodall, travelling in the middle of the jungle somewhere. I didn’t imagine it in that true, traditional sense. I feel like I’m lacking in all the skills to be a traditional stay-at-home mom. I’m managing through it because the children are quite resilient, and they’re helping me, but I’m not good at it at all…. I love them. I feel like we’re such a team. It may sound clichéd, but you love and you try, and even if you burn the eggs, that doesn’t matter in the end. But also, you’ve met our kids. They’re pretty capable.

Her outlook these days: “I’m feeling that I’ve come through a few things. I’m trying to be hopeful. I think this is something we’ve all discovered through the pandemic.

Punk Rock: “Young people are engaged and ready to fight. But there is a level of misinformation we never faced growing up. We want the book to help give them the tools to strengthen their fight and empower them in a very practical way. Maybe it’s just the young punk in me, but I like the spirit of the youth. I believe they can see right and wrong with more clarity. I see a lot of older people making excuses for certain behaviours, and it tends to be the younger person who is quicker to say, “But this is simply wrong, and we stand against it.” I’ve wanted to remain that person.

On Marvel’s ‘Eternals’: “I love this cast, and that we all came together. I signed up to support Chloé [Zhao]’s vision and Marvel’s commitment to expand the way we see “superheroes”. Running around in a gold bodysuit was not how I imagined my forties. But it’s good crazy, I think.

Whether she’s happy now: “I don’t know. The past few years have been pretty hard. I’ve been focusing on healing our family. It’s slowly coming back, like the ice melting and the blood returning to my body. But I’m not there. I’m not there yet. But I hope to be. I’m planning on it. I do like being older. I feel much more comfortable in my forties than I did when I was younger. Maybe because… I don’t know… maybe because my mom didn’t live very long, so there’s something about age that feels like a victory instead of a sadness for me. So I like it. I’m looking forward to my fifties – I feel that I’m gonna hit my stride in my fifties. Though we were on the trampoline the other day, and the children said, “No, Mom, don’t do that. You’ll hurt yourself.” And I thought, “God, isn’t that funny?” There was a day I was an action star, and now the kids are telling me to get off the trampoline because I’ll hurt myself.

She loves her kids’ teenage years: “I was best friends with my mom. I loved having babies, but I love sitting up at night and talking to my kids. I like the teenage years. I like the older years. I love hanging out with them… They think that I’m a bit ridiculous, as they should. And they all know me in different ways. You know, they’ve all crossed into that moment when they realise that there’s nothing special about me. I’m just older. I don’t have all the secrets. I just mean well. I’m Mom.

[From British Vogue]

I always figured that Angelina would be the “cool mom” to teenagers, the one who would stay up with them and watch movies with them and be the one they could come to about love drama and grades and friendship advice. Which is a lot like Angelina’s mom was with her. Anyway, I like that she admits that everything wasn’t smooth sailing, that she’s taking a while to get her bearings and she doesn’t feel quite okay yet. It never fails to stress me out that Angelina is so hopeless when it comes to just basic cooking stuff or as she calls it, the “traditional stay-at-home mom” stuff. She’s been stuck at home in LA for a year, surely one of the kids taught her how to make sandwiches or cook pasta? It’s not that hard, Angie!!

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Photos and covers courtesy of British Vogue.

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  1. LizzyM says:

    Truly a beautiful woman inside and out.

    • vesper nite says:

      Agreed! She is just incredibly lovely! I never get sick of looking at her and hearing her talk about her life, kids and the world. I admire that she admits that she moved closer to Brad for the kids. I hope she finds some true love and happiness one day…when she is ready.

    • UnionSnack says:

      Yes and yes and yes! Truly gracious.

  2. Aphra says:

    What book? She mentions “The Book”. Did she write a book about youth activism??

    Also, I love her gracious mentions of “their dad” and “our kids”. She’s perfection!

    • Maria says:

      @Aphra
      “Know your rights (And claim them)”. Jointly written by Angelina and Amnesty International.

    • Lily P says:

      So classy! In massive contrast to her ex husband’s jokes during the award ceremonies and army tank tattoo aimed at her initial.

      It’s clear as day (to me at least – maybe I’m biased towards women) that he’s been the antagonistic party of the last five years. At least she gets to come out of it with six lovely children and he gets stuck with money. Money gets spent.

  3. SarahCS says:

    I saw BV posting this stuff on IG yesterday and I’m so excited to get my copy. I love seeing what photographers do with her and their house sounds amazing. Interesting comment about it being close to their dad…

    Although I fell in love with the kaftan pic not realising it was her! I do love a kaftan though, my life goals are being able to spend my day swanning around my big garden in a kaftan.

    • Hmm says:

      It was obvious from the beginning that that’s why she moved to that area. Then his team comes out with parental alienation because he couldn’t fix the relationship with the kids.

      • Myra says:

        People that use parental alienation as a dig against her are just looking for excuses for why Pitt is no longer seen in his children’s lives. Anyways, she looks great. Glad she is in a better place now.

      • Kristen says:

        She has said multiple times in the past that she’s being forced to live in L.A. If not for their current custody agreement, she would’ve moved abroad. This is not some magnanimous choice that she’s made.

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      Funny that I, too, am looking fondly at kaftans- if they all look as chic as the brown one (well, minus the fringe at the hem).

      • ArtHistorian says:

        They also look comfortable.

      • CL says:

        I finally bought a couple of caftans last summer and I LOVE them. They are so comfortable, and the perfect thing to wear when you’re stuck at home. I found a shop on Etsy that makes really lightweight ones that are great for the hot weather we’re “blessed” with in Georgia.

      • SarahCS says:

        Yep, I think can can be super chic, and comfortable and then I just have an association in my mind that I can’t shake, a bit glamorous, laid back, stylish. All of that.

      • Laura-j says:

        I bought some for a trip to morocco, in the before times , the most comfortable clothes ever!

  4. Eleonor says:

    I love the b/w photo!
    ANd for being more comfortable in her 40′s: I get it.
    I will be 40 in May, and I have never been more balanced, healthy and happy in my life like I am now.

    • Escondista says:

      I’m 36 and the closer I get to 40, the happier I am!

    • minx says:

      I’m long past my forties but that was, by far, my happiest and best decade. Everything just came together.

    • Jess says:

      Same here, I’ll be 40 May 14th and I’ve never been happier than I am right now, mentally and physically. I feel comfortable with who I am and I’ve accepted all of those weird quirks that make me me. I wouldn’t go back to my 20’s if you paid me!

    • NotSoSocialButterfly says:

      I’ll be 55 in couple months, and it’s better than my 40s!!

    • Valiantly Varnished says:

      I turned 40 last June. I thought I would feel strange about it but honestly I like myself more now and feel more like myself than I ever have.

  5. minx says:

    So classic and beautiful.

  6. francine says:

    A face for the ages. Love Angie, so much beauty and class inside and out

  7. Maria says:

    I love her.

  8. Yoyo says:

    There is a show on the food network ‘Worst cooks in America’ at first you think the contestants are acting, Angie would be a good contestant.
    Pax must be a pro by now, he has been cooking for years, although most likely they have a chef/cook.
    Children telling her get off trampoline before she hurts herself😅.

    • Sierra says:

      Don’t the children know she is the ultimate action Queen? Lara Croft, Wanted, Salt etc? 😂😂😂😂👍

      • SarahCS says:

        I absolutely loved Salt and really wish they’d gone further with the story and her character in another film. The first Tomb Raider is one of my Sunday afternoon guilty pleasures although I just can’t with the second, it’s too awful even for me (and I even love the late 90′s Godzilla). She was awesome in them.

  9. Sierra says:

    Gorgeous woman and I am really excited to see her on screen in atleast 2 movies this year.

  10. Lucy2 says:

    Her property looks beautiful.

    My 40s so far have been an injury, an illness, trump, and the pandemic, and yet I would still say that beyond all that, it’s been the best time because I am much more clear on who I am, what I want (and don’t want) and I care so much less what others think.

    • Esmom says:

      Lucy2, Oh man, such tough breaks for you but I’m glad you’re able to see the glass half full. I’m over 50 now and feel like my 40s were a bit of a blur…my fifties so far have allowed me to get back to work after scaling back a lot because of my kids and I feel just as good physically and mentally as I did last decade, other than some dismaying wrinkles. Here’s to nothing but good things for you for the rest of your 40s!

      And yes, I am intrigued by AJ’s property, too. I would love a more in-depth tour.

      • lucy2 says:

        Thanks Esmom! Hope for good things for you as well!

        Yeah that property is beautiful. It’s very light and airy and classic. I hope they don’t really renovate or anything, it’s lovely as is. Her ex would have messed it all up playing architect.

  11. Monette says:

    She must be the most compelling model I’ve seen in years. It doesn’t happen very often for me to just stare and state at a cover.
    She has IT, beyond the perfect face. Her posture, her elegance.
    There are a lot a beautiful actresses out there woth symetrical faces and cheeks and everything and still they convey nothing.
    She has IT.

    • Lili says:

      Totally! You explained it perfectly!

    • AmyB says:

      @Monette YES!! I have loved Angelina since her wild days of Jonny Lee Miller, Billy Bob, & when she had her break out role in Gia or when won her Oscar for playing Lisa Rowe in Girl, Interrupted. She is without a doubt, a true classic beauty who has only grown more beautiful with time, IMO. Her face is just beyond compare gorgeous, and I love how she has embraced motherhood, becoming an advocate for refugees around the globe, using her enormous platform for good by becoming a Humanitarian.

      She is my forever girl crush haha!! xoxo

    • Dee Kay says:

      This 1000%. Angelina Jolie is a beauty for the ages. She would have been revered and worshipped (not in a creepy religious culty way, but in the way that astoundingly beautiful people are) in any era of human history. She is simply phenomenally gorgeous and way more than being physically beautiful, she is charismatic, has tremendous presence, has substance. Every gesture, posture, movement looks interesting b/c SHE is interesting, b/c she has led and continues to lead a fascinating life, she has experiences, thoughts, ideas, convictions, opinions, information, an amazing personal and professional network, and wisdom that increases every year. She is a role model to all of us, even though I’m a couple of years older than she is, I look up to her.

  12. Faithmobile says:

    Now I NEED a kaftan. I taught myself to cook because my mother was the worst cook. True story: after all 5 of us moved out she took cooking classes and is now a great cook. Regardless of her stay at home mom skills she is perfection and I love the old school hollywood vibes she imbues.

  13. Mina_Esq says:

    I love Angelina. I’m very close with my mom, so the little ways in which she honors and remembers her mom really speak to me. I love that she isn’t pretending that everything is A-OK. You get the sense that she was hurt in a profound way. That her trust was broken. I love that her kids caution her about the trampoline lol I just love everything about this, but I’m an Angeloonie so…:)

    • BeanieBean says:

      There’s just something about the set of quotes from her in this story that made her so very endearing, and dare I say, ‘relatable’. And these photos are very Garbo-esque, in the best sense.

  14. tcbc says:

    She’s an absolute stunner. Reading her “style” section is kind of funny, because hers is terrible. But I’ve always thought the true beauties are never stylish, because they never had to be.

    • Mina_Esq says:

      Right? She is living proof that you can get away with wearing a potato sack if you’re gorgeous! Mind you, her sacks are still designer :)

  15. Nana says:

    Love a good kaftan… I don’t have enough kaftans in my life.

    • Lady D says:

      I’ve been sitting here racking my brain trying to remember the last time I saw a kaftan for sale, anywhere. I guess never having looked for one, they just escaped my notice. I’m glad that @CL mentioned they found some on Etsy.

  16. HK9 says:

    Those cheekbones are like sculpture,…just gorgeous.

  17. Lively says:

    I love this entire editorial, made my boring Monday ystday
    She’s IT, I honestly think she’s the last Hollywood movie star. I mean seriously when was the last time u stared at a cover 😂😂😂

  18. Ulrika says:

    “Aging is a privilege not all of us will get to have” is a quote I saw a few years ago when my mother was sick in the hospital, and it really stayed with me. It’s like Angelina saying she’s outliving her mother at this stage, so it’s a victory for her, rather than a sadness. I was deeply moved by this part of the interview.

    • Lotoya says:

      Same here I was really moved by that too. It’s not easy losing almost all her maternal family members to cancer at a young age. She’s a strong woman

  19. Eva says:

    A real class act, what an incredible woman. This interview made my day.

  20. Tiffany says:

    I really miss her. I really do.

    And I am still upset that Salt 2 went into pre production purgatory. What the hell, man?

  21. Mireille says:

    Generally I love coming onto CB just to snark on celebrities and politicians, but I am an un-apologetic Angie stan. And this is coming from years of hearing about her from friends/colleagues who’ve met and worked with her. So, I am just here to say LOVE HER. JUST LOVE HER. Also, I’m also in my 40s, can’t cook, comfortable as all heck with my life now, but I’m sorry Angie, I can’t do the sack dresses. I just can’t.

  22. Adorable says:

    There’s an Adorable video interview,of her being interviewed about “What’s in her bag”,she’s just precious.She seems “lighter”& at peace.Keep doing you Angie!

  23. tempest prognosticator says:

    Gorgeous woman. A real ‘movie star.’

  24. Zut alors says:

    I loved the entire interview. The healing of which she speaks seems evident in her demeanor. @Kaiser, please post the “what’s in my bag” video she did. She is so cute in it.

  25. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    The forties were awesome indeed. I still had my looks. My hair. Was able to exercise and have it actually do something lol. Menopause comes like a thief in the night and decapitates you.😁

    • Lady D says:

      “able to exercise and have it actually do something” No kidding, what’s up with that? I found that to be one of the dirtier tricks of menopause, along with having to pull my armpits up to shave them. I’m of the firm belief that if you have to hold them up to shave, maybe it’s time to stop growing that hair? I wonder how many more unexpected joys are waiting.

    • Jaded says:

      Ya…my forties were great. I dumped my long-time asshole of a boyfriend and went on a “friends with benefits” rampage with young, gorgeous men. My fifties, not so much. All I did was look after my aging parents and work my arse off. Now that I’m in my sixties I’m having a great time – I reunited with the love of my life, I’m retired, my parents have gone on to their next lives and it’s all about enjoying the heck outta my time. Although surviving breast cancer was a big bump in the road, and osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are starting to make me slow down quite a bit but you work around it.

  26. Char76 says:

    Love her ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  27. Lively says:

    I’m turning 29 in few days, and sort of stressed about being 30 in a yr. on the hand so glad my 20s are done, such a weird time a decade of being unsure, lost and the self doubt at every turn. Please tell me the 30s will be better

    • TAM says:

      I just turned 35 a week ago, and so far, my 30s have been WAY better than my 20s. I am more confident and comfortable in my own skin, and I stopped caring about what other people think of me. I also stopped worrying about stupid stuff, I am more mellow now that I am older.

      • Mireille says:

        In my 20s, I worried about what other people thought of me.
        In my 30s, I was just hitting my stride and gaining a perspective of who I am in respect to relationships with family, friends, lovers.
        In my 40s, I just don’t give two f*cks about what other people think of me.

    • Guest with Cat says:

      30′s is when my life started coming together and I started figuring myself out. 40′s was the peak of my body and finally having sexy beach body! 47 was when menopause started kicking my ass and the pounds piled on and my health really went to shit. I’m 54 going on 55 now and autoimmune diseases make it hard to exercise. I get horrible joint inflammation. It’s sort of like going through an awkward adolescence all over again, but this time you get wrinkles, jowls and a fat ass instead of perky boobs and zits. But it beats the alternative.

      At least I don’t have mood swings anymore. I’m just USUALLY a casual ball of chill. But let me take a moment and acknowledge my privileges: I’m in a good marriage and financially stable place (for now, job security is a bit wobbly for my husband). I have single female friends my age with my health problems and with the economy the way it is, it’s hard for them. It can be really extremely hard for women my age if they haven’t attained a financial nest egg by 50. Which is why moms should never blow their their savings and investments covering expenses for their own irresponsible parents or adult children. Sadly, I’ve seen too much of that.

      Even though I’ve been married for decades, I thought I’d miss the random attention of men but nah, I realize now those were just rude pervs anyway, interested only in trapping someone young enough they could manipulate. I mean I was not particularly attractive as a teen or young woman and now hearing about and watching grown ass men go after young girls, I see it has nothing to do with attraction or love or admiration and it’s all about power and manipulation.

      Decent men look for compatibility and equals and don’t make their attention feel intrusive and controlling. Nor do they fawn over you. They’re just…friends? Normal? I’m not sure what word I’m looking for. But after awhile you get a feel for it when you see it. Obviously I haven’t learned all this by my own experience since I found Mr. Right pretty quickly, but again, friends have shared theirs. So anyway, no, I don’t miss the catcalls, whistling, staring, and attempts to extract my phone number. Lol. It was never as flattering as I thought the first few times it happened to me.

  28. Mrs. Peel says:

    First there was Audrey Hepburn, now Angelina Jolie – once in a generation women who are as beautiful on the outside as on the inside. Incredible.

  29. Lotoya says:

    Oh how I have missed seeing her on magazines and on my screen. They don’t make them like Angelina Jolie anymore

  30. Justjj says:

    We all stan La Jolie.

  31. Sof says:

    They did not tell Lara Croft to be careful with a trampoline. Brats.
    I can’t believe Zahara is already driving!

    Seriously, I love Angelina. I think she is the only person that I look at and screams movie star. I would love to see her closet, to be honest I did imagine her as someone who wears robes around her house.
    As for her being a terrible cook, sure she has some sort of assistance?

  32. Annaloo. says:

    I love Angelina Jolie, but I have to admit, this statement is so underwhelming for her. Of course you are more comfortable now, but she’s also been comfortable with herself when she was younger (or seemingly so), and that’s why were were captivated (besides That Face)

    Once again, Angie gives us nothing, and I still adore her to ends of earth lol

  33. EliseM says:

    Good god, that woman is beautiful. She reminds me of “old Hollywood” beautiful. Forever classic.

  34. ScottishKirsten says:

    Just popped on to say – I love, love, love Angelina. I’ve been an admirer for over 20 years. She’s divine.

  35. Lissdogmom02 says:

    I just love her, she’s herself and I admire that. Also she’s total bad ass & gorgeous.

  36. Blues says:

    Gorgeous and hands down the queen of HW!
    Not one woman in HW can capture a photo like this. Sorry Gal Gadot WW not Cleopatra will elevate you to this iconic level and beauty.
    Angie came out the gate in 21 elegantly swinging the hammer.

  37. Sorella says:

    Just a gorgeous face, beautiful and unlike any other. But her fashion has always been awful to me – I would NEVER guess these are designer pieces she wears, most look so plain and don’t fit her and she’s hopeless when it comes to shoes lol . As said, her beautiful face makes up for the awful fashion sense.

    My sister is like that – prefers the teen and young adult stages to babies. I sense that she is lonely and I think she probably does have regrets. It must be hard going from the golden couple, travelling around and having children, to just staying in one place and being single. Say what you will, but I think she LOVED that golden couple status. I still like her, but she never has anything new to say anymore. And I am disapointed she joined the super hero bandwagon – which requires very little acting. I hate that genre lol

    • Lily P says:

      I personally disagree. She has lots to say, she’s done amazing work highlighting violence against women recently, not to mention the founding of the UK Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict initiative. She has also worked closely with Dr. Burke Harris on the impacts of trauma and domestic violence on children.

      NOTE: defo not saying she is the expert and be all and end all on these issues, just disagree that she doesn’t say anything new. She just says things that aren’t deemed “hot”.

    • Blues says:

      “probably does have regrets. It must be hard going from the golden couple, travelling around and having children, to just staying in one place and being single. Say what you will, but I think she LOVED that golden couple status. I still like her, but she never has anything new to say anymore.“

      Wth!
      The same Golden couple status she was running from! How can you be lonely with a Tribe that huge. Angelina is a loner and I feel she missed that whilst in her marriage. As per Brad he wasn’t there much in the last year so what is she actually missing? His drinking, smoking, or the fighting? Who misses that, take it from a person who lived in a mess like that.
      She is tired of fighting in court yes. In fact she has a lot more to say. She talks about her kids, her work, and her hobbies like most women do. I don’t know what else you expect her to talk about. Compared to all that other garbage and lies other celebrities spew including Pitt her convo is honest boring yet you still listen!

  38. CoffeChamp says:

    I’ve never been much of an Angelina fan but, this article is really good. I feel it is authentic and not a “Hollywood” narrative that celebrities feel is necessary to push. I appreciate her here.

  39. Laura-j says:

    She’s my favorite. I love Angie!

  40. Twin falls says:

    “I’m just older. I don’t have all the secrets. I just mean well. I’m Mom.”

    Same.

    • Guest with Cat says:

      That right there is the secret to having a good relationship with your kids. I have a good relationship with my 16 year old because I let her know the world she’s in is not the world I was in. And I respect that and I want to hear all about her world. I have some perspective she doesn’t and I have information and hard won lessons passed to me from earlier generations of women that I can share. But I don’t have all the answers. I do have all the hugs though. And I will have her back.

      Everything else Angelina already said so much better. She’s come a long way in life and she’s incredibly articulate and I can see she’s found her peace. Good for her!

  41. Sidewithkids says:

    She’s so pretty but more importantly she just seems to be her own true self, not out her pretending to be something she’s not.

  42. Kay says:

    She is stunning, but never had a great dress sense. My fav photos of her are from the ELLE cover and the photos from Hedi Slimane. The clothes actually fitted her and the photos were stunning.

    I think it’s great that after all these years she is still supporting refugees and hasn’t given up on them.

    • watermelon says:

      Thanks. Looks up the pics from Elle / Hedi Slimane you mentioned. She looks so much better in that kind of fashion. Edgy, hip, modern, yet totally appropriate for her age bracket. I find her fashion these days very boring as she dresses too old – it’s always power suits or Norma Desmond glamour like in that VF spread for FTKMF. Her everyday outfits are also too old and dull for her. She looks absolutely fantastic in those ELLE pics.

  43. Zaya says:

    Love this editorial