Angelina Jolie may have won a Kids’ Choice Award for Best Villain Saturday night, but her moving and genuine acceptance speech came straight from the heart.
The Oscar winner, 39, took the podium at Nickelodeon’s annual fete, held at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., after nabbing an orange blimp for her delightfully sinister turn as the title character in Disney’s Maleficent.
“When I was little, like Maleficent, I was told I was different,” Jolie began, addressing the room of cheering youngsters — including daughters Shiloh, 8, and Zahara, 10 — with warmth and wisdom.
“I felt out of place — too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in. And then one day I realized something — something that I hope you all realize. Different is good,” Jolie declared. “So, don’t fit in. Don’t sit still. Don’t ever try to do less than you are. When somebody tells you you’re different, smile and hold your head up high and be proud.”
Jolie’s inspiring words offered more than just sage advice about childhood.
The ceremony marked the star’s first public appearance since publishing a candid op-ed in Tuesday’s TheNew York Times detailing her difficult decision to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes. The surgery followed a preventative double mastectomy Jolie underwent two years ago after learning she carries the BRCA1 gene that poses an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer. Jolie’s mother, grandmother and aunt all died of the disease.
“I feel feminine, and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say, ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer,'” the mother of six wrote.
Her essay sparked an immediate firestorm of support that only seemed to echo among the awards attendees, but Jolie still had a couple tricks up her sleeve to help live up to her new title.
“As your villain, I would also say cause a little trouble. It’s good for you,” Jolie wrapped up with a wink, just before a mountain of slime came tumbling from the rafters and onto her unsuspecting audience.
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