KEY POINTS

  • Angelina Jolie reveals reason behind why she would "cry all the time"
  • The award-winning actress talks about vulnerability of children towards trauma amid the coronavirus pandemic
  • Jolie opens up about what motivated her to take action in global issues such as extreme poverty and refugee problems

Angelina Jolie has opened up about how she used to be very emotional about the state and suffering of the world. The “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” star recently discussed the risks towards children brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.

The 44-year-old actress recently sat down with Dr. Nadine Burk Harris, California’s surgeon general, for a chat in a video released by TIME magazine and also wrote an article regarding her points.

In the video, Jolie and Harris discussed the vulnerability of children and their predisposal to traumatic experiences. The actress, who is also a mother of six, admitted that she cried many times in the past whenever she’d hear about or witness suffering in the world. And it is clearly due to this that she is compelled to serve and take action, extending help to those in need through her own means.

“There was a time in my life when I became more aware of what was happening around the world and what happens in our own country and what happens in people’s lives,” Jolie explained to Harris.

She talked about she would always cry and said she began writing a journal so that people wouldn’t see that she was crying. Jolie then shared the reaction of a grandmother who was taking care of kids and lost her own siblings when she saw the actress crying. “I thought I was being very emotional and very connected and she just said, ‘I don’t need you to cry, I need you to help me,’” she shared.

Jolie’s timely encounter with the woman helped her realize how she can turn her emotional response into an active one.

Besides her stellar acting career, Jolie co-parents her six children with ex-husband Brad Pitt and is often acknowledged for her impressive philanthropic works that combat hunger and refugee problems.

Angelina Jolie and kids (L-R) Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt attend the premiere of 'First they Killed my Father' at the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto, Ontario on September 11, 2017. Photo: Getty Images/Valerie Macon

The actress became acquainted with worldwide humanitarian crises while she was shooting her film, “Tomb Raider,” in Cambodia. Jolie then turned to The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), an agency that protects refugees worldwide, and was appointed special envoy in 2012. The actress also became a goodwill ambassador for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) back in 2011.

She also invests in several other charity works such as the Jolie-Pitt Foundation, which aims to eradicate rural poverty, protect natural resources and conserve wildlife.

Angelina Jolie Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation In this handout photo provided by the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation, actress and activist Angelina Jolie Pitt meets children during a visit to Ja Mai Kaung Baptist refugee camp on July 30, 2015 in Myitkyina, Myanmar. Angelina Jolie Pitt is a Special Envoy of UN High Commissioner for Refugees since her 2012 appointment. Photo: Tom Stoddart/Getty Images Reportage/Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation via Getty Images