Angelina Jolie said in an interview for Elle magazine that she is “very patriotic” and “proud of what America stands for.”
Jolie was interviewed by former Secretary of State John Kerry for Elle’s March issue; she is also on the cover.
“My daughters have the freedoms they have because of being American,” the 42-year-old actress and humanitarian told Kerry. “And we are at our best when we are fighting for others to have the same rights. Particularly other women.
She is the mother of three daughters, Shiloh, Zahara and Vivienne, who she adopted with her husband Brad Pitt.
“I tell my daughters, ‘What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you. Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms. A life of service is worth living,'” the Academy Award-winning actress explained as she talked about the importance of International Women’s Day (March 8).
“I think of how hard women fought to get us to where we are today,” she added. “Everything counts, from the way you hold yourself in your daily life and educate yourself on your own rights, to solidarity with other women around the world.”
“I’m very patriotic, as I know you are,” she continued. “For me, it goes hand in hand with being proud of what America stands for. For instance, I’m the only person in my house who was born in America.”
“It’s only because we are a country based on people of different backgrounds and faiths coming together that I can have this family,” Jolie explained.