Angelina Jolie is opening up and giving fans a rare peek into her personal struggles. The Maleficent star frequently plays powerful, strong women (look for her as Thena in Marvel's upcoming Eternals), but she is the first to admit that she often feels anything-but.
"I'm like everybody and... especially these last few years haven't been the easiest, and I haven't felt very strong," Jolie tells E! News at Disney's D23 Expo. "There's something when you're not feeling very strong, where you push yourself."
She adds, "And I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to play these kind of characters, that pull out every bit of strength I have and that remind me that I can be strong."
SPLIT FROM PITT
The 44-year-old has of course been mired in a highly public split from Brad Pitt, with whom she shares six children. There have been public accusations of media manipulation and dysfunctional behavior on both sides. (Pitt was investigated by the Department of Child Services after grabbing their eldest son Maddox in a manner deemed too rough by some observers on a private jet. Jolie soon filed for divorce following reports of the incident).
PULL IT BACK
"Sometimes you really feel low and you gotta pull it back up," she shares. "Right now, for Thena, I'm having to do so much training and she's so positive, so healthy and she's so aggressive that I'm often like, 'This is not gonna work.' But, you gotta push yourself."
In Eternals, Jolie will costar with Salma Hayek, Kit Harrington, Gemma Chan and Richard Madden, among others.
Granted, she has a lot of help pushing herself, explaining that her 11-year-old son Knox Léon Jolie-Pitt does weapon training and karate with her.
She also discussed her plans to "stalk" Maddox at college, after just dropping him off at South Korea's Yonsei University.
"I'm so proud of him and he was so ready," she tells us at the D23 Expo. "I couldn't be more excited. Our house in Cambodia is six hours away, so I've got plans to... be stalking."
She adds, "I'm gonna be one of those moms. It's only been a few days, give me a few weeks and I might be back on a plane."