In her case, Jolie says her dark side was exposed in the public eye. She said, "I grew up in front of everybody, really. The big years of exploration." Jolie famously dived into a pool in her Golden Globes dress after winning for her role as a drug addicted model in 1998's Gia. And then there was all that bizarre Billy Bob stuff.
"There was a certain madness I was going through," says the actress. "I learned a lot about myself." But she isn't embarrassed. People tend to sum up times in your life and simplify," she says. "I would say there's a way of being bold when you're young that seems very brave. ... What's perceived as tough is a very funny thing. I think to be a parent is one of the scariest, boldest things to do, as opposed to, um, getting a tattoo. ... Much more than jumping into a pool when you're 20."
Infact, She credits beau Brad Pitt for making her "a better person." Pitt, 46, "has been a huge influence on me. In all ways, from my parenting to my art, to ... everything," she added.