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Angelina Jolie, 46, has revealed she herself has suffered with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), and how she has shared her own lessons with others going through the same. The actress never said what was the cause, however she admitted in a recent interview how playing Thena in Eternals has made her think more on it.
I’ve had my own challenges.
In Marvel’s Eternals, Angelina plays a superhero who suffers with a condition similar to PTSD.
In the film the formidable warrior suffers from “mad weary” a mental condition that Angelina compared to this.
Talking to The Times in November, she said: “I’ve had a very blessed life, but I’ve had my own challenges. I’ve had PTSD.
“You often feel that feeling of being broken and wondering what you’re capable of, and being concerned you’re not able to be enough to protect and care for those you love.”
Angelina has met many individuals who suffer from the condition due to working as a special envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Talking about those she has met, she continued: “They are still strong, they are just as capable.
“They’re wrestling through what they’ve experienced because they are deeply feeling people, like a raw nerve, but it doesn’t make them less capable, less whole as a person.”
She wanted to make sure her character Thena showed this distinction, making her equally a “great fighter” at the same time as “wrestling with this mental illness”.
Angelina is most known for her relationship with Brad Pitt, with the pair meeting as they starred in Mr & Mrs Smith.
However, this relationship did not end well with Angelina filing for divorce in 2016.
The divorce was not finalised until 2019, with the couple still fighting over custody of their six children.
The children include Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox.
In a recent interview the stars have a rare insight into how the children are getting on.
She told the People: “They’re pretty great people, and because there’s so many of them, I think they’ve had a very significant effect on each other.
“It’s not like I’m the head of anything. I’m very honest with my kids. And I’m very human with my kids.”
All except Pax attended the Eternals premiere with Angelina, with fans commenting on Twitter about where he was.
ALEXAsaki penned: “Angelina Jolie’s kids! Maddox, Vivienne, Zahara, Shiloh and Knox! Where is Pax though?”
A source told the Sun in June that Pax missed his graduation due to his “shy” nature.
The source said: “He’s shy and it was believed he didn’t want to bring a circus to the event.”
Eternals is a movie of firsts for the Marvel franchise.
Chloé Zhao is its first female of colour director and the film features its first same-sex couple and openly gay character.
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