26 Nov 2014 01:14 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Angelina Jolie (Image Source: Foreign and Commonwealth Office via Wikimedia Commons)
She may have started out as an actress, but Angelina Jolie is now known for so much more. She's half of Brangelina, a mom, and a filmmaker as well. She recently said—again—that she plans to retire from acting soon. Will she really follow through on it this time or is it just more talk?
Jolie spoke to Du Jour magazine while promoting her new film, Unbroken. She responded that she "absolutely" plans on sitting behind the camera permanently and also admitted that she didn't enjoy being the center of attention.
"I've never been comfortable as an actor; I've never loved being in front of the camera," she said. "I didn't ever think I could direct, but I hope I'm able to have a career at it because I'm much happier."
There is one more appearance as an actor planned. A biopic about Cleopatra has been in the planning stages for quite some time, and Jolie is indicating it could be the last one.
"It's one of those that you think maybe that's the one you put everything into and that's where you end it, that's where you finish – in a great way. What could you do beyond that one?" she said.
She was talking to BBC Radio Five Live last June when she made this statement.
But it turns out this isn't the first time Jolie has considered stepping away from acting.
In 2005 she told British GQ, "The positive side of celebrity is that you can bring attention to things you think are important. I have a romantic image of myself in a few years quitting acting and traveling the world and doing good things, but I'm practical and I know I can do more good keeping my foot in."
In the fall of 2008, Jolie told the Italian edition of Vanity Fair, "The kids are my priority, so it's possible that from now on, I will make fewer movies. I may even stop altogether. I no longer have the ambition I had in my 20s."
Not too long after that, she told the BBC, "I'm ready to do a few things now and fade and get ready to be a grandma one day. So maybe it will be once a year and then maybe it will be once every three years, and then just naturally *poof* – I like being home a lot these days."
A few years later in June of 2010, Jolie told Vanity Fair, "Acting helped me as I was growing up. It helped me learn about myself, helped me travel, helped me understand life, express myself, all those wonderful things. So I'm very, very grateful, it's a fun job. It's a luxury. Look, I'm at work today in the middle of Venice. But I don't think I'll do it much longer."
Does she mean it this time? Will Jolie really quit acting and focus on other things whether it be a directing career or her family? Or will she not be able to resist stepping in front of the camera again and again?
So far, she has already backtracked a bit on the statement, telling Reuters that she is not 100 percent finished with her acting career but prefers directing.
"It's not a big dramatic decision, I will do a few less but I much prefer being behind the camera," she explained.Comments
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