Angelina Jolie had a smile on her face as she walked the red carpet at the National Board of Review Awards Gala in New York. The 42-year-old actress, director and philanthropist was accompanied by her daughters Shiloh, 11, and Zahara, 13, Jolie-Pitt.
Jolie was in attendance to accept the Freedom of Expression Award for her film First They Killed My Father, a historical drama based on Cambodian author Loung Ung’s tragic experience growing up under the Khmer Rouge’s rule.
The event marks another public appearance for Angelina and her children. The star, who divorced Brad Pitt in September last year, was joined by four of her children at 2017 the Toronto Film Festival.
Since the divorce, Angelina has made it clear that her children are her priority. “I have had my ups and downs. I guess I am a little bit stronger,” the mother of five told People recently. “We all have our difficult times, but as a mother, you also have a responsibility first and foremost towards the kids. They are going through their formative years and everything else comes second to that.”
Despite announcing her return to acting, Angelina said her children will remain her focus. “Everything will be around the children,” she says. “I haven’t worked for over a year now because they needed me home. Everything was just stopped. I’m really sitting and talking with them because everything affects them. Every location, every type of project, I’m going to have to adjust it to however much they can handle.”