According to Angelina Jolie, one must live a full life in order to feel every kind of emotion and experience it whole-heartedly. And for this Hollywood bombshell, troubled life has made her become a better actress.
The stunning actress - who won an Oscar in 1999 for her portrayal of a mental patient in "Girl, Interrupted" - insists dealing with emotional trauma in her personal life has made it easier to relate to troubled characters. The more she experiences, the more she can give.
She said, "The fuller your life is, the more of a well of reserves you have to pull from. Because I have a full life, I can relate to certain kinds of loss and certain kinds of love. I've had very extreme emotions and very extreme things have happened in my life - good and bad."
Jolie Lips is estranged from her father, actor John Voight, and has been divorced twice.
Earlier this week, she said she knew Madonna would run into trouble by adopting a baby from Malawi because of the country's uncertain adoption laws.
"The Good Shepherd" actress - who has given homes to two underprivileged children, five-year-old Maddox and Zahara, 23 months - says Madonna was open to criticism and problems because Malawi has no set guidelines for such cases.
She said, "Madonna knows very well that she adopted from a country without legal adoption, so it was an unusual situation."