Angelina Jolie feels closer to people who have dealt with cancer when she talks to them about their personal experiences.
The 38-year-old star underwent a double mastectomy last year when she found she was carrying the faulty gene BRCA1.
This gave her an increased chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer, which killed her mother Marcheline Bertrand in 2007.
The actress bravely went public with her medical choice and now admits that she feels a close connection to others that have gone through a similar experience.
“Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women’s issues, breast cancer, ovarian cancer. I’ve talked to men about their daughters’ and wives’ health.
“It makes me feel closer to other people who deal with the same things and have either lost their parents or are considering surgeries or wondering about their children. I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people,” she revealed to Entertainment Weekly.
The surgery did little to slow down Angelina’s mammoth career, which sees the star both act in and direct movies, as well as the relentless work she does with different charity organizations around the world.
The 38-year-old, who raises six children with her fiancé Brad Pitt, is about to grace the big screen as villain Maleficent, in the movie of the same name.
“The exercise wasn’t how can we have fun with a villain? It was: what turns people evil and vile and aggressive and cruel? What could have possibly happened to her?” Angelina explained.
The film hits cinemas form May, with star turns from Elle Fanning and Juno Temple.
Angelina was dressed in her full Maleficent costume for the cover of Entertainment Weekly and giggled about how well she plays a baddie.
“It is really funny when people say you’d be obvious for a great villain,” she laughed.
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