In fact, returning to play the Disney villain was an effort for Jolie herself, who admitted she was "pretty broken" when work on "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" began, around the same time she finalized her divorce from her third husband.
"It was a tough time," she said. "I'd been coming off a few years of difficulty, and I was not feeling very strong. In fact, I was feeling pretty broken. It took me a moment to feel the strength of [Maleficent] again."
While Angelina's day job is acting, she is heavily involved in humanitarian affairs, and serves as a Special Envoy to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.