Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and their family showed a strong front as they walked the “World War Z” premiere red carpet. In her first public appearance since admitting her double mastectomy, the actress admits she was “very moved” by the way people have supported her preventative procedure.
“I’ve been very happy just to see the discussion about women’s health expanded, and that means the world to me,” Jolie tells reporters on the red carpet. “After losing my mom to these issues, I’m very grateful for it. I’ve been very moved by the support from people.”
Jolie’s mother Marcheline Bertrand died in 2007 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. According to reports, Jolie plans to play Bertrand in an upcoming biopic. She also is expected to voluntarily remove her ovaries because she has a 50 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer as well.
While on the carpet, Pitt had nothing but sweet things to say about Jolie and her decision to remove her breasts.
“I think the world of her. She is an amazing woman,” he says, via The New York Daily News. “She wasn’t really nervous about coming to support me tonight; she was so moved — we were all so moved — by how much it meant to others. We didn’t realize, or certainly I didn’t realize, how many people were in limbo over this, deliberating, and unsure of what their options were.”
He adds, “I get a little emotional about it, because of just the act itself, what she did for our family, and then telling her story to others. What it means to others has really surprised me.”
“World War Z” hits theaters on June 21.