The 39-year-old actress and filmmaker's second directorial effort Unbroken -- which recounts and amazing life of Louis Zamperini and his astounding perseverance in the face of a grueling struggle to survive during World War II -- is now out on DVD, and Jolie spoke with Elle about the lessons she learned from retelling such a powerful story.
"Like many of the greatest human stories, [Unbroken] is about the capacity of regular men and women to rise above adversity," Jolie explained. "It reminds us never to give up, and that having the spirit to fight is what really matters. It is powerful because it speaks to the potential inside all of us."
"I do believe in the old saying 'What does not kill you makes you stronger.' Our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are," Jolie told Elle. "By overcoming difficulties, we gain strength and maturity."
"I wanna say that when I was little, like Maleficent, I was told that I was different," Jolie told the crowd. "Never good at fitting in, and then I realized something, something I hope you all realize -- different is good."