ANGELINA Jolie believes people are “not alone in the world”. The 39-year-old actress-and-director began to embrace her spiritual side after getting to know Louis Zamperini – the American prisoner of war survivor and Olympian who is the subject of her film ‘Unbroken’ – and becoming inspired by his journey through life.
When asked on what she had learned from Zamperini, she said: “When there is an obstacle, you have to rise to the challenge, not be overwhelmed by it. And we’re not alone in the world.”
The ‘Maleficent’ star – who raises six children, Maddox, 13, Pax, 11, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, eight, and six-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, with her husband Brad Pitt – admits that while she’s certain there’s something “greater” than human life, she’s unsure what to actually call it.
She added to PEOPLE: “I don’t know if there’s a name for that – religion or faith – just that there’s something greater than all of us, and it’s uniting and beautiful.”
Jolie became close friends with Zamperini – who is portrayed by British actor Jack O’Connell in the movie – while directing the film and was heartbroken when he passed away aged 97 earlier this year.
She said at the time: “It is a loss impossible to describe. We are all so grateful for how enriched our lives are for having known him. We will miss him terribly.” â€“ Bang Media