Angelina Jolie: I'm Lucky I Didn't "Die Young"

Celebrity News Nov. 22, 2011 AT 3:55PM
Angelina Jolie: I'm Lucky I Didn't "Die Young" Credit: Jean-Paul Aussenard/; Jun Sato/

She wasn't always toy shopping with Shiloh and visiting with refugees in the Congo.

Prior to her current, globe-trotting life as an actress, humanitarian, mother of six and longtime partner to Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie first became a household name as a weird, risk-taking Hollywood hottie.

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Now 36, the star (whose directorial and screenwriting debut In the Land of Blood and Honey is out in December) says that the much-parodied darkness of her earlier years was very real -- and very scary.

"I went through heavier, darker times and I survived them. I didn't die young," Jolie tells 60 Minutes' Bob Simon in a new interview airing Sunday.

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"So I am very lucky. There are other artists and people that didn't survive certain things," adds the Oscar winner.

Daredevil Jolie -- who infamously smooched her brother James Haven at the Oscars, kept a vial of blood of hubby Billy Bob Thornton's around her neck, amid other pre-Brad shenanigans -- failed to elaborate how she might have died young.

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But, she teases to Simon: "People can imagine that I did the most dangerous, and I did the worst. . . for many reasons, I shouldn't be here…You just. . . too many times where you came close to too many dangerous things, too many chances taken too, too far."

Not that she's completely reformed, of course. "I'm still a bad girl," Jolie insists. "I still have that side of me. . . it's just in its place now. . . it belongs to Brad--or our adventures," she gushes of Pitt, 47, her man since 2005.

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They share kids Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 6, Shiloh, 5, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 3.

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