Angelina Jolie made a powerful statement at the Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday when she accepted the award for best villain for her titular role in Disney's "Maleficent."
The actress and mother of six — two of whom, 10-year-old Zahara and 8-year-old Shiloh, were at the awards show to cheer her on — took the stage and told the kids in the audience about how much she identified with her character Maleficent, who turns out to be a misunderstood heroine.
"I want to say that when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different," she told the young crowd. "And I felt out of place — too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in. And then one day I realized something, something that I hope you all realize. Different is good. When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud."
We couldn't agree more!
The 39-year-old "Unbroken" director has made a point of being inclusive, particularly within her own family. In addition to her first adopted son, 13-year-old Maddox, she and husband Brad Pitt have adopted two more children, 11-year-old Pax and Zahara. The couple also has twins Knox and Vivienne, in addition to Shiloh.
This was Jolie's first public appearance after writing a New York Times op-ed piece about her recent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes because of potential risk factors that could have led to cancer.