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Actress Angelina Jolie will not rule out running for office


'Never say never'

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Actress Angelina Jolie will not rule out running for political office one day.

What did she say?

In an interview with People magazine, Jolie — who is also a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees — said that she is currently in observation mode.

"Never say never," Jolie said of a potential public office bid. "[But] right now I am looking to others for leadership."

The thrice-married 43-year-old actress is also an activist for refugees and an advocate against sexual violence.

"I try to speak for what I believe in," Jolie explained, pointing to existing laws around the world treating women lesser than men.

One project dear to the actress's heart is her Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative, which she created in 2012 alongside former British foreign secretary William Hague.

"There is now a lot more awareness and discussion and many more countries have made commitments," Jolie explained. "For example, 156 countries have pledge not to include amnesties for rape when they are negotiating peace agreements."

Jolie added it's "hard to believe," but "peace treaties routinely grant immunity to people who've carried out the most disgusting violent crimes against civilians."

The actress noted it's time to encourage countries to enforce their commitments to the PSVI initiative.

"[O]ne of the things we are putting forward now is a proposal for a permanent international body to investigate war crimes, including mass rape and other sexual and gender-based violence," she explained.

Anything else?

Jolie is also notable for her colorful past and has been open about engaging in "knife-play" when she was a teen.

"You're young, you're drunk, you're in bed, you have knives; s**t happens," the actress once said of her endeavors when she was just 14 years old.

Jolie has also been candid about her past drug use, which she said included every drug under the sun, and was notoriously instrumental in helping to break up the marriage between fellow actor Brad Pitt — whom she eventually married and divorced — and actress Jennifer Aniston.

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