Media Speculates Angelina Jolie's YouTube Channel is Signaling a Presidential Run
Is the Hollywood actor laying the groundwork for a future in politics?
There has been growing speculation in the media that Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie may be planning to run for office someday, with the actress hinting she is "open and out there."
Jolie, who has served as special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) since 2012, earlier this month launched her own YouTube channel.
Jolie's channel seems to focus on her humanitarian work, which has amassed 8,400 subscribers despite only launching this month.
The channel's description reads:
"In her expanded role, Jolie focuses on major crises that result in mass population displacements, undertaking advocacy and representing UNHCR and the High Commissioner at the diplomatic level."
"She also engages with decision-making on global displacement issues."
"Through this work, she has helped contribute to the vital process of finding solutions for people forced to flee their homes."
The actor, who is currently promoting her new movie, Maleficent: Mistresses of Evil, has uploaded two videos to the channel to date.
One of the videos features a keynote address at the 2019 General Assembly Ministerial Meeting.
The other video featured a speech at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Breakfast in 2017.
Media outlets such as Breitbart suggested the channel's launch could potentially fuel speculation that the actress is laying the groundwork for a future in politics that may even involve running for president.
In December, Jolie hinted in an interview with the BBC's Today program that she might pursue a new career path.
"Honestly, if you asked me 20 years ago, I would have laughed.," she said.
"I really don't know. I always say I will go where I am needed. I don't know if I am fit for politics, but then I've also joked that I don't know if I have a skeleton left in my closet, so I'm pretty open and out there," she added.
"I can take a lot on the chin, so that's good."
The program's host, Justin Webb, told her he would put her on a list of potential 2020 candidates, but Jolie didn't pushback, she just replied, "Thank you."
Jolie became aware of humanitarian crises around the world while on the set of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) in Cambodia.
She said the experience led her to contact the UN.
In 2001, she was named as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador to o coordinate action to solve refugee issues across the globe.
She has since visited international trouble spots and personally met with refugees in dozens of countries.
Jolie has six children, three of them were adopted from (Cambodia, Ethiopia, Vietnam), while others are biological.