Angelina Jolie has revealed plans to retire and put her lengthy and illustrious acting career behind her. The 39-year-old Oscar-winning actress revealed to Du Jour Magazine that she has impending plans to permanently give up her gig behind the camera and focus on a new career as a film maker.

In Jolie’s own words:

“I’ve never been comfortable as an actor; I’ve never loved being in front of the camera. I didn’t ever think I could direct, but I hope I’m able to have a career at it because I’m much happier.”

Currently, Jolie is set to play the role of Cleopatra in a biopic regarding the life of Egypt’s last queen and ruler. In an interview with BBC Radio Five Live, she said that the role would be a great way to end her acting career on a high note.

Jolie is also currently directing the WWII-era film Unbroken, and has hopes that the stint is just the type of project she needs to make the permanent shift from being in front of the camera to being behind it.

It’s important to note, however, that Angelina Jolie’s retirement from acting will actually be more of a gradual shift. She clarified in an Entertainment Weekly interview that:

“I have a few more in me, ones I have been developing for some time, so I will do those before I step away.”

In the meantime, fans will have an opportunity to see the actress in a few more upcoming films. Aside from Cleopatra, Jolie will also be staring in the film “By the Sea,” which she also directed and will be cast alongside hubby Brad Pitt.

Angelina Jolie’s announced retirement will mark the end of a mega successful career in the limelight. Some of her credentials include the 1999 award-winning Girl, Interrupted and more recently in Maleficent, playing the villainous character of the same name. Outside of acting, Jolie is also known for her humanitarian work as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.

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