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Angelina: I never expected happiness

Angelina Jolie didn't believe she could be a mother when she was in her twenties.

The Oscar-winning star is getting ready to end an amazing year, which saw her marry her long term partner Brad Pitt surrounded by the couple's six children.

The 39-year-old also helmed WWII movie Unbroken, which tells the real life story of POW Louis Zamperini and his journey of survival.

Reflecting on her successes, Angelina admits her 20-year-old self would never believe how good life would get.

"No. I didn't grow up thinking I could be this happy. I certainly wouldn't have thought I could be somebody's mother. I held such a high standard of that from my own mother. And I don't think I believed in love and marriage," Angelina mused to People magazine.

"Like Louis, when he was little, he didn't know what he was worth. He didn't think he was very good at anything. My mom always had a lot of faith in me, more faith than I had in myself. I didn't grow up to be Louis, but I grew up better than I was in my early 20s."

Unbroken sees British actor Jack O'Connell take on the lead role of Louis, and the film has already received widespread praise despite not yet hitting cinema screens.

Angelina formed a special bond with Louis and confesses losing him in July at the age of 97 was one of the hardest moments of the year. However, she learned a lot from his bravery.

"[Louis taught me] when there is an obstacle, you have to rise to the challenge, not be overwhelmed by it. And we're not alone in the world. I don't know if there's a name for that - religion or faith - just that there's something greater than all of us, and it's uniting and beautiful," she smiled.

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