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Angelina Jolie's Secret to Avoiding an 'Empty Life'

Angelina Jolie's Secret to Avoiding an 'Empty Life'
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In an interview with Deadline in support of "The Breadwinner," an Oscar-nominated animated feature she produced, Angelina Jolie spoke out about finding balance in her career — and in her life.

Asked about how she juggles projects with a strong social justice bent (like "First They Killed My Father," the Oscar-nominated foreign-language film she directed last year) and those with a more commercial appeal (her upcoming stint in "Maleficent 2"), Jolie said, "I think that’s life, isn’t it? I’m sure you’re the same as a person. You have your creative, and you have your work, and every day of your life is going to be about somehow growing as a person. Somehow feeling you can contribute to the extent that you can get tribute."

A still from "The Breadwinner"

The topic of balance had Jolie talking about motherhood, saying she spends most of her alone-time being a mom. "We’re all trying to find balance, as people," she asserted. "I think to be a balanced person, you have to find those things that you just purely enjoy. But, of course, if you aren’t participating in the bigger picture of life, and in being somehow useful, and you aren’t doing something and growing, then really, you’ll find you’re not very happy. Really, you’ll have quite an empty life."