Angelina Jolie Previews ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ — Plus Your Complete Guide to All of Her Most Famous Roles

It seems that the movie career of Angelina Jolie is about to kick into even higher gear with her not only starring in The Eternals, based on the Marvel Comics title of the same name, but returning in one of her most popular roles in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, which she shared her thoughts on while attending the Disney D23 expo with co-star Elle Fanning.

“I missed her and I loved playing her,” Angelina expresses of the title character. “In the first film we brought two people… two creatures who were very different, and historic enemies in many ways, together and said, ‘Just because they are very very different, they are family and they have love for each other.’ And now, in this one, Aurora is older and they’re facing the world and challenges of the world. It’s being emphasized to them how different they are. And they are encouraged to not be a family …  and they are pulled apart by their differences. And so we really pose the question and fight for the belief that what makes you different makes you stronger.

“And what is family,” she adds, “and what defines family is what you believe in, and how you love and what you stand for — it’s not just blood and it’s not just because you’re the same. So I love this movie very much.”

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No doubt it will be another wonderful, likely eccentric, performance, which is certainly nothing new when it comes to Angelina’s movie career. In fact, when you think of her films, the words “independent spirit” come to mind, because unless she’s making a sequel — as in the case of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider or, now, Disney’s Maleficent — you’re pretty much guaranteed to get a unique performance, and something that comes across as very different from anything we’ve seen her play before.

Born on June 4, 1975, she made her acting debut alongside her father, Jon Voight, in 1982’s Lookin’ to Get Out. She was next on the big screen in 1993’s Cyborg 2 (which, she has said, made her “want to puke” when she saw it for the first time), followed by other small films. Things really started to change in 1999 when she starred alongside Denzel Washington in The Bone Collector, and she hasn’t looked back since.

Besides acting in over 30 films, she’s also moved on to become a producer and a director, has been married a couple of times (Billy Bob Thornton, Brad Pitt), is raising her six children and has been involved with numerous human rights and women’s rights struggles. Each of these things is worthy of discussion in their own right, but in this particular case it’s her acting that we’re focusing on, and deservedly so.

For your complete guide to Angelina’s film work, please scroll down. 

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