Angelina Jolie speaks out at Kids’ Choice Awards
If Angelina Jolie wasn’t already super cool, the small but powerful speech she made just brought her even further up the ranks. Last Saturday at Nickelodeon’s 28th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards, Jolie received the award for Favorite Villain for her role in the movie “Maleficent.” In case you didn’t catch what in my opinion was one of the best Disney movies yet, Jolie played Maleficent, a young fairy who was forced to grow up too quickly due to the interference of humans. With war over lands, loves and sorrows, we see the tale of Maleficent the feared, and how she became the way she is. Go watch it. Seriously, Angelina is the Lara Croft of Disney.
Back at the event, Jolie was accompanied by only two of her Brangelina troop, Zahara and Shiloh, and when Mommy got the award they were more than excited. What was beautiful about the night was how generous and humble Jolie was, high-fiving and waving to ecstatic fans. The best thing to come from Angelina, though? Her words of inspiration to the young crowd. The actress said:
“I want to say that when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different. And I felt out of place, and too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in. And then one day I realized something, something I hope you all realize: Different is good. …And, as your villain, I would also say, cause a little trouble — it’s good for you.”
Angelina Jolie is the last person you would expect to be insecure as a child, but the truth is we all start somewhere. Her connection with the audience and message is simple yet effective: Don’t be afraid to be different. Seems easy, right? Yet in a world of exaggerated beauty standards and confusing social etiquette, it’s easy to fall victim to being just another person adrift in a sea of conformity. Out of fear, out of not fitting the mold, out of comfort. However, once your guard is let down, a whole new world is waiting like a shiny present. Just open it.
Thanks, Angelina — you’re a gem.
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