Angelina Jolie sizzles in the November 2015 issue of Vogue, where she revealed she experienced wild hormone fluctuations after going into early menopause following her cancer surgeries.
Angelina, who wrote, directed and stars in the new movie, By the Sea, said working on the film in between her double mastectomy and oophorectomy (ovary removal surgery) took its toll.
“[It was] brutal. It’s hard,” Jolie told Vogue. “They are not easy surgeries. The ovaries are an easy surgery, but the hormone changes are interesting. We did joke that I had my Monday edit, Tuesday surgery. Wednesday go into menopause. Thursday come back to edit, a little funky with my steps.”
Angelina underwent a preventive double mastectomy in 2013 and an oophorectomy, a surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes, in March 2015.
Jolie took the drastic preemptive measures after diagnostic tests revealed she had an 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer and a 50 percent chance of contracting ovarian cancer due to a genetic predisposition.
The surgeries dramatically reduced her risks of contracting breast and ovarian cancer, which claimed the lives of her mom, actress Marcheline Bertrand, her aunt, and grandmother. Cancer also killed her grandfather and uncle.
While most women dread getting older, Angelina is actually looking forward to turning 50.
“Both of the women in my family, my mother and my grandmother started dying in their 40s,” said Jolie. “I’m 40. I can’t wait to hit 50 and know I made it.”
Jolie, who’s raising six children with husband Brad Pitt, said the couple works hard to make sure their home life is loving and fulfilling.
“[Brad and I] work really hard at nurturing our family to make sure that everybody is alright and everyone stays connected,” said Angelina, who added that she is “very happy to be married” and loves calling Pitt “my husband.”
Jolie, 40, said her children are amazing, and so fun to be around.
“They’re six of the funniest people we have ever met in our lives,” said Angelina. “We love being home and we love being around them because they are just so entertaining.”
Jolie married Brad in August 2014 in a fairytale wedding ceremony at Chateau Miraval, their sprawling wine estate in the South of France.
Angelina said she wants to be an even better wife to Brad by learning how to cook for him. “We have more moments where I say, ‘I’m going to be a better wife,’” said Jolie. “‘I’m going to learn to cook.’
“And [Brad] says, ‘Oh, honey, know what you’re good at.’ But I do like, ‘No, no, no, I’m going to get this wife thing down.’ He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom.”
Angelina, who has been a United Nations goodwill ambassador since 2001, discussed how her charity work has made her a happier, better person in her diary, Notes from My Travels.