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  • Angelina Jolie was unfazed while doing most of her own stunts in her new movie, "Those Who Wish Me Dead"
  • She said it's either because she doesn't "scare easy" or is "in a different headspace" when she's working
  • Her co-star Finn Little admitted he was "nervous" about meeting Jolie but later realized she's a "nice, normal person"

Angelina Jolie has opened up about her new action-thriller movie, "Those Who Wish Me Dead."

The 45-year-old actress returns to action in the Taylor Sheridan movie for the first time in over a decade. In the film, Jolie stars as a smoke jumper reeling from PTSD who finds herself protecting a preteen murder witness (Finn Little). The two will fight for their lives as they come face-to-face with the assassins hunting them.

In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Jolie revealed that she did most of her own stunts and why she's usually unfazed by their dangers.

"Either I don’t scare easy or when I’m working I’m in a different headspace," she told the outlet. "You’re so lucky as an actor. Even if you’re doing a big crazy stunt and you’re on top of a truck on a freeway doing your thing, you have your rig, it’s been tested, so you get to be pretty brave and have a lot of people looking after you."

Jolie also shared what drew her to "Those Who Wish Me Dead" and what sets it apart from other movies in its genre.

"For me it’s always different times in your life you’re looking to express something different, or feel something hasn’t been seen before. And even though in some way this kind of thriller, we think we’ve seen before, there’s a lot that is different," the actress-director explained.

"And Taylor, the way he has been telling stories, especially about America through robust storytelling, it just felt like a world that I wanted to jump into and see if I could make it through," she added.

Meanwhile, her 14-year-old Australian co-star shared that he had been "very nervous" about meeting the Oscar winner. However, Little said he realized upon their first meeting that there was no reason to be apprehensive as he found that Jolie was a "nice" person.

"In the audition, when I was flown over to L.A., I felt like I was going to faint. I was so nervous," Little explained. "And then on the first day on set when I worked with her, I was nervous as well but then I just realized she’s a nice, normal person, and there’s no need to be afraid of her."

Little was not the only cast member who was intimated by Jolie. His adult co-stars, Medina Senghore and Jon Bernthal, also admitted that they didn't know how to approach Jolie. However, when they finally met her, they realized that she was approachable.

Senghore said Jolie was "so kind and generous and came over and spoke to me. And she’s just lovely and someone I admire not just for her work from afar, but for her humanitarian work and it’s great when you meet someone who you admire from afar and then they turn out to be just as incredible or more than you imagined."

Jolie also spoke about her new movie in a previous interview, relating it to her own experiences. Just like her character Hannah, she said there was a time in her life when she had felt "broken" but managed to rediscover her strength.

"We all have times in our lives where we feel broken, and I was in a period like that," Jolie told Entertainment Tonight. "I've had my share of things that made me feel... you know, hard to speak too much about it, but just overwhelming or broken. So to have an opportunity, I feel very lucky. I wish all women could have this at times in their lives."

"Those Who Wish Me Dead" is now playing in theaters and on HBO Max.

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TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 03: Angelina Jolie (R) and son Maddox Jolie-Pitt attend the Japan premiere of 'Maleficent: Mistress of Evil' on October 03, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Christopher Jue/Getty Images for Disney
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