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After reading the news yesterday regarding Angelina Jolie Pitt’s surgery, we thought we would create an ode to one of our favorite leading ladies in Hollywood and the strong characters she has embodied. She sets an amazing example for young women everywhere, and we want to take a minute to give her a well-deserved shoutout. Click on to read our top five Angelina characters and their traits that they share with the actress that brought them to life.

angelina jolie in mr and mrs smith
20th Century Fox

Mrs. Smith from Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Angelina proves time and again that there aren’t many actors in Hollywood that can kick as much ass as she can, male or female. Even more appropriate that she plays the counterpart to her real-life husband Brad Pitt’s Mr. Smith, she’s shown she can hold her own as an A-lister off screen just as well as her secret agent role on it. In terms of box office, Angelina is actually the real bread winner out of the dynamic Hollywood duo recently: although their average gross per movie is about the same, her highest grossing movie has grossed almost $40 million more than her husband’s!

angelina jolie as lara croft in tomb raider
Paramount Pictures

Lara Croft from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider 

Just like the Lara, Angelina is unafraid of venturing into the unknown with the confidence that when it comes down to it, she’ll be able to meet the challenges ahead with confidence and grace. Whether it’s undergoing major surgeries that will change her life forever, spearheading global campaigns against sexual violence and genocide, or jumping from acting into directing with both feet (see Unbroken), Mrs. Jolie Pitt doesn’t seem to take “no” for an answer and continues to push herself to achieve beyond her comfort zone. Give her a couple pistols and we wouldn’t be surprised if she started spelunking around some ancient tombs.

angelina jolie as lisa from girl interrupted
Columbia Pictures

Lisa from Girl, Interrupted 

Getting to the level of success she has achieved has not been an easy road for Angelina. She’s endured estrangement from her father, Jon Voight, had difficulties with self-harm as a teenager, and mourned the deaths of her mother, grandmother, and aunt to cancer. Her character Lisa, the role that won her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, went through similar traumas and hardships, coming out the other end of all of it with a new understanding of herself. Even faced with these difficult times, Angelina has displayed remarkable resilience and gotten through it all in an even better place than Lisa ended. “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” could be her mantra.

angelina jolie as maleficent from maleficent
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Maleficent from Maleficent

As she showed in her portrayal of Maleficent, the villainous baddie from Sleeping Beauty actually had a kind heart beneath her harder shell. Whatever you might think of that new interpretation, Angelina Jolie Pitt has not been hardened on her way to the top. She’s shown a generous side through her humanitarian work through the Jolie-Pitt foundation to aid refugee families and her work as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador all while continuing her not-as-villainous rein as a one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood.

angelina jolie as christine collins from changeling
Universal Pictures

Christine Collins from Changeling

As if all that wasn’t enough, the Jolie-Pitt family now includes six children that Angelina is partially responsible for, and from what we’ve heard, this is not something she takes lightly. If you didn’t catch Changeling, the character of Christine displays an immoveable dedication to her son, who goes missing, and is then replaced by a boy who is actually not her son by a corrupt police force. No charges of corruption in the Jolie-Pitt case, but given her protection of her daughter Shiloh’s desire to be called John and committing herself to see her kids play soccer in the midst of waiting on a cancer test before having her ovaries removed, we think Christine would be proud of Angelina’s dedication.

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