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Angelina Jolie on the Rise of Populist Leaders: ‘This is an Old Trick and We Should Know Better Than to Fall for It’

Angelina Jolie sat down with the BBC recently to discuss her new movie, First They Killed My Father, a film about the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia. She told BBC’s Yalda Hakim that visiting Cambodia for the first time was an “awakening” for her. “I came to this country and I fell in love with its people and learned its history, and in doing so learned, how little I actually knew about the world,” she said. After spending some time in the country, she adopted her oldest son Maddox, who is now 15 years old.

Jolie also spoke for the first time publicly about her split from Brad Pitt. She said that she didn’t want to talk much about it, but that it was “very difficult.” She also said, however, that they will forever “[b]e a family and so that is how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”

She recently wrote an op-ed for the New York Times to discuss President Donald Trump‘s executive order that restricted travel to the United States from seven predominately Muslim countries. In it she said that the ban is “Playing with fire. We are lighting a fuse that will burn across continents, inviting the very instability we seek to protect ourselves against.”

In the interview, she echoed similar sentiments. On the rise of populist leaders, she said, “It’s an old trick and we should know better than to fall for it.”  She continued, saying “And I see it rising, and the only thing I can do is use my voice and encourage others. And raise my children to know right and wrong and to have a broader view of the world and to embrace their diversity and other people’s, and respect others.”

Jolie also expressed hope, though. “The American people are bigger than any president. I suppose I have faith in my country and in what it is founded on and the values we hold dear.”

For more from the interview, head to BBC.

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