I'm afraid I have bad news for fans of last summer's Maleficent. Angelina Jolie recently had an interview with DuJour, and she said flat out that she never really enjoyed acting. In fact, she finds it much more satisfying to tell stories behind the camera. According to Jolie:
“I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera...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.”
Adam Rathe adds in his follow-up article:
Is the plan to give up acting entirely? She smiles. “Absolutely.”
Looks like Angelina won't be doing a sequel to [Maleficent](movie:39352) after all. There is a bright side for Jolie's fans though; she isn't retiring just yet. Rathe added:
In fact, where we’re sitting is just a stone’s throw from the set of By the Sea, a period love story that Jolie wrote and is directing—and will star in, alongside her longtime partner and new husband, Brad Pitt.
Still, with Jolie losing interest in acting, it's unlikely that she will be doing any sequels any time soon. Instead, look for more films directed by her to be released in the coming years.
Jolie previously took up the director's chair for 2011's Bosnian war film: In the Land of Blood and Honey. While the film received mixed reviews, Jolie's directing was praised, and it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Her next movie, Unbroken, tells the story of Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini's time as a prisoner of war. With a script written by acclaimed writers like the Coen Brothers (Fargo, No Country for Old Men) and acclaimed writers Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra) and William Nicholson (2012's Les Miserables), the movie is getting major awards buzz.
Who knows? Maybe Jolie won't actually retire from acting until she's 80. Even if she did give it up, she would be leaving behind a legendary career. In addition to her Oscar win for Girl, Interrupted, she has also starred in several hit movies like Tomb Raider, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Salt, and Maleficent. So while Angelina Jolie may plan on giving up acting, she may excel even more at directing.