Unlike many Hollywood stars, Jolie Pitt, 40, welcomes growing older and told Vogue she is looking forward to growing older. She inherited a BRCA1 gene mutation, which meant she is at extremely high risk for getting breast and ovarian cancer, like the women in her family who died of cancer at young ages.
"My mother and my grandmother started dying in their 40s. I’m 40. I can’t wait to hit 50 and know I made it," Angelina told Vogue.
The actress elected to have a double mastectomy in 2013 and then had her ovaries removed this year, according to the Atlantic.
Jolie Pitt talked about her family and her marriage in the context of her new film By the Sea, which comes out next month. A troubled marriage is at the center of the story which stars Jolie Pitt and her husband. The husband, Roland, is a writer, and the wife, Vanessa, used to be a dancer and they travel France together.
While the movie isn't autobiographical, is loosely based on her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who was an actress and turned film producer. She married Jon Voight in 1971 and filed for divorce seven years later. She raised their two children James Havens and Angelina Jolie on her own. Bertrand fought breast and ovarian cancer, first diagnosed at age 49. She died at age 56,
The movie is set in the 1970s when Jolie's mother would have been in her twenties.
“My mother was an Earth Mother and the nicest person in the world,” Jolie Pitt told Vogue, but noted the film's protagonist, Vanessa, is not a nice person.
“It’s not autobiographical,” said Angelina. “Brad and I have our issues, but if the characters were even remotely close to our problems, we couldn’t have made the film.”
In a behind-the-scenes video, Angelina and Brad talk about By the Sea which she wrote and directed. Not since Mr. and Mrs. Smith, which premiered in 2005, have the couple worked together on a film.
"When I was writing it, I never assumed we'd actually do it, so I wrote with a certain kind of freedom," she said. She teases that the plot is about the idea that, "You can absolutely love the same person you want to kill."
Brad Pitt added, "It's the puzzle that gets in the way of loving somebody."
She is happy that her husband accepted her invitation to star in the film. "I was so happy he was willing to try this," she said.