Angelina Jolie Revisits Acting With Maleficent 2: "I Am Now the Breadwinner for the Family"

She's moving from behind the camera to in front of it once again

By Elyse Dupre Sep 06, 2017 8:27 PMTags
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Like Sleeping Beauty rising from her slumber, Angelina Jolie is reawakening her role as the main villain in a second Maleficent movie, Deadline reports.

Jolie has been spending a lot of time behind the camera, including directing the film First They Killed My Father (set to debut on Netflix Sept. 15). However, it seems as though her filing for divorce from Brad Pitt has led her back in front of the camera.

"I am now the breadwinner for the family, so it's time," Jolie told Deadline at a reception during the Telluride Film Festival, where First They Killed My Father was presented.

Indeed, Jolie tells The Hollywood Reporter that she took "over a year off" because of her "family situation."

"When they can have—when I feel it's time for me to go back to work, I'll be able to go back to work," she says to THR. "I've been needed at home. I hope [to work again] in the months to come."

 Although, she tells THR that her return to acting is also the result of not having "anything to direct that I feel passionate about like [First They Killed My Father]."

Angelina Jolie Plots Acting Return After Taking a Year Off for a "Family Situation"

But don't expect Jolie to stop directing altogether.

"At some point, I'll probably just direct. If I'm allowed to," she tells THR. "But you just don't know if you can have a career as a director. You don't know how things are going to be received."

While sequels don't always live up to the original, Jolie seems excited about the next Maleficent movie.

"We have been working on the script, and this is going to be a really strong sequel," she told Deadline.

We can't wait to see her return.