Angelina Jolie says she's thinking about giving up acting to be a stay-at-home mom, but hasn't she been semi-retired for a while now? Jolie, who can generate headlines simply by pursing her pillow lips a certain way, started the Internet buzzing when she told Britain's Channel 4 News (via the Huffington Post): "I think I'm going to have to give up the acting as the kids hit the teenage years...too much to manage at home."
Jolie also told the British broadcast concern that if her acting career "went away tomorrow I would be very happy to be home with the children." But after looking at her work schedule as of late, I can't help but think that she's already begun saying her goodbyes.
Her last films were released in 2011 and, technically speaking, she didn't appear in either of them: She wrote and directed In The Land of Blood and Honey, and she was the voice of Tigress in Kung Fu Panda 2. In other words, she was last seen onscreen in the flesh in 2010.
Yes, she's currently shooting Maleficent (and her four-year-old daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt reportedly has a minor role in it), but that doesn't hit screens until 2014. She's also rumored to be talking Tigress again in Kung Fu Panda 3, but that isn't expected out until 2016.
According to IMDb, she's also working on a project with La Femme Nikita filmmaker Luc Besson slated for 2013, and that Cleopatra and, sadly, Salt 2 may be in the works, but those projects are more tentative.
If Jolie does follow through on her intent to retire when her kids hit their teens, she doesn't have a lot of time for smoldering close-ups. The eldest of her six kids, Maddox is 11, and if you've read any Bret Easton Ellis, you know that the kids of Hollywood royalty grow up faster than their civilian counterparts.
The good news is that, with her marriage to Brad Pitt in the works, Jolie won't have to worry about fading from the public's short-term memory if she does retire from the screen for a while. She's one of those rare actresses whose life makes a more interesting tale than some of the movie choices she's made. Unless she follows in the footsteps of Brigitte Bardot, the camera will always love her.
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