Angelina Jolie is excused for being a little exhausted right now. She's had a rough year. Not only is the one-year anniversary of the public announcement of her split from Brad Pitt fast approaching, but she's also spent the year adjusting to life as a single mother, battling further health scares (including more preventative surgery and a bout with Bell's palsy). Amidst all this she's also had to finish and promote her latest film as a director, First They Killed My Father, which has required to talk publicly about all of this in detail.
“This is the first time I have done this for a long time. It’s not easy," she said of the reality of doing interviews in a new interview with The Telegraph. "I am a little shy this time, because I am not as strong inside as I have been in the past.”
That being said, it's not like she's avoiding the elephant in the room either in the few interviews she has done. She talked candidly, albeit briefly, about her split from Pitt last month in an interview with Vanity Fair, and talks once again about her post-separation life in her recent interview.
"It's been difficult," she said. "I don't enjoy being single. It's not something I wanted. There's nothing nice about it. It's just hard. Sometimes maybe it appears I am pulling it all together, but really I am just trying to get through my days. Emotionally it's been a very difficult year and I have had some other health issues. So my health is something I have to monitor."
Once First They Killed My Father hits Netflix on September 15th, she does plan to take a bit of a break, settle further into her family's new Los Angeles home, and try to figure out how to have fun again.
"Maybe now that my kids are growing up I am starting to realize that my own sense of play has been put on hold for a while," she said. "And maybe them hitting their teens is going to bring out a little more fun in mom." She laughs. "So maybe I am going back. It may be time."
During a Q&A session following a screening of her film at the Telluride Film Festival, she also hinted that it may be time to return to acting.
“Right now, I don’t have anything to direct that I feel passionate about like this, so I’ll do some acting," she said according to *Page Six*. "I’ve taken over a year off now, because of my family situation, to take care of my kids."
“When I feel it’s time for me to go back to work, I’ll be able to go back to work. I’ve been needed at home. I hope [to work again] in the months to come.”
Jolie doesn't appear onscreen in Father, and, aside from her voice role in the Kung Fu Panda franchise, hasn't acted since her own 2015 film By The Sea.
Maleficent 2, however, is in the works, and Jolie is already involved in the creative process.
"We have been working on the script and this is going to be a really strong sequel,” she told Deadline.
No release date has been announced for the Disney sequel, so it's not clear if that may be the film that gets Jolie to return to acting in "the months to come."
There's also rumors of several other projects that Jolie is either interested in or whose producers are interested in Jolie. Executives behind Universal's Dark Universe monster franchise really, really hope to lure Jolie to play the Bride of Frankenstein in a stand-alone film, but there's no update on that. There's also been reports that Jolie is interested in two other projects, one involving World War II spy Christine Granville and the other a historical romance about Catherine the Great. Though, we're sure she could have just about any part in Hollywood she wants when she does decide to return.