The actress acknowledged that the separation from the father of her children harmed her professional career.
Angelina Jolie, who has yet to finalize her gritty divorce from Brad Pitt, revealed that the family drama got in the way of her professional career in Hollywood.
"I love directing, but I had a change in the dynamics of my family that did not allow me to do it for some years," explained the Oscar winner, 45, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine.
The "Maleficent" actress acknowledged that she does not have enough time to commit to her dream of directing. Hence, the mother of six has resumed her acting profession to meet the needs of Hollywood and family life.
She said I was required to do a small job and spend more time at home, so I went back to doing some acting jobs. It's really true.
Jolie also admitted that it cost her raising her children during the pandemic: "I feel like I lack all the skills to be a traditional stay-at-home mom."
Jolie had started to take her first steps in directing with "Unbroken" (2015), a film she co-starred with Brad Pitt, and "First They Killed My Father" (2017).
The actress is currently starring in "Those Who Wish Me Dead," which will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously on May 14. Regarding this role, the star said that it was difficult for her to compose it since the woman she plays "is not very maternal," unlike her.
Jolie said that the director and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan caught her attention on the set because she was not having the behavior that the character should have in her performance. He acknowledged It took me a while to treat the boy badly, but I accepted.
Jolie and Pitt, 57, had been a couple for 12 years and had been married for two when Jolie filed for divorce in September 2016, citing "irreconcilable differences" and denouncing her then-husband for physical abuse against her eldest son, Maddox.
Although their divorce is not final, they were both declared legally single in 2019. Since then, the former couple has been in an uphill battle for the custody of their six children: Maddox (19,) Pax (17,) Zahara (16), Shiloh (14), and twins Knox and Vivienne, 12.
Last year, in an attempt to delay the custody trial, Jolie requested the replacement of Judge John W. Ouderkirk, a private magistrate, who is handling the divorce case for once Hollywood's most loved couple.
The actor's lawyers pointed out that, behind all this maneuvering, his ex-partner only wanted to delay pending custody issues and revealed that the judge that the actress rejected in the trial was the same one who married them in 2014.
Pitt's legal team accused the actress of delaying public proceedings so they would not have to accept a joint custody application. Representatives of the actor say that, unfortunately, those who are most affected by Julie's strategy are the parties' own children, who miss out on the final resolution.
According to US media, on March 12, Jolie delivered documentation in a Los Angeles court that accredits gender violence and child abuse by the actor, who has never publicly spoken about his ex's accusations.