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Angelina Jolie says that she isn't quitting acting -- but says that she and Brad Pitt will be doing less of it as they get older. In a new interview with the Financial Times, Jolie, 36, talks about how her passion for acting has cooled since becoming a mother.
"I've never not been grateful to be an actor... but I think when I was younger I needed (acting) more," Jolie explains. "I was trying to question things in life so you find these characters that help you find things and grow... It's like being in therapy, in a way."
Now, says the actress, "I'm older and I know who I am... and I'm less interested in the character helping me answer something... than in being able to answer it for myself, as a woman, as an adult, with my family."
And partner Pitt, apparently, feels the same way. "I've been working for a long time, he's been working for a long time... We've had a nice run and don't want to be doing this our whole lives," says Jolie. "There are a lot of other things to do."
Although Jolie may be feeling ambivalent about acting, she's fallen in love with another entertainment career: directing. The Oscar winner has just completed post-production on In the Land of Blood and Honey, the Bosnian War romance that she wrote and directed. The project is close to her heart, as Jolie has worked with Bosnia in her capacity as U.N. goodwill ambassador.
This weekend, a tearful Jolie was honored by the Sarajevo film festival for bringing both her film and her humanitarian efforts to Bosnia. "Tonight we are giving the honorary Heart of Sarajevo to a great artist, not only for the great impact she has in the world of cinema but also for persisting and her active engagement in the complexities of the real world we live in," said festival director Mirsad Purivatra upon presenting Jolie with the award.
But even with the outlets of motherhood, directing and charity work, there are still some things that Jolie chooses to express through acting. She tells the Financial Times that she chose to make the action film Salt shortly after giving birth to twins Vivienne and Knox, now 3.
"I'd just had the twins. I'd been in a nightgown for a very, very long time," she recalls. "And I was sitting in the hospital breastfeeding and reading this script in my nightgown, feeling so soft and mama... and I was flipping these pages and it was all fighting and shooting guns. I thought, 'That's what I need. I need to get out of my nightgown and I need a gun. I'm sure many a woman who has been through childbirth has thought 'It would be nice to get a little physical, get a little wild... to remember what that other side is like." Sounds like Jolie has found the perfect balance.