Angelina Jolie is helping raise awareness for bees and conservation efforts, PEOPLE reported. In an interview, she described the need for conservation and awareness.

The actress sat down for a portrait by Dan Winters for National Geographic‘s World Bee Day exclusive interview.

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“With so much we are worried about around the world and so many people feeling overwhelmed with bad news and the reality of what is collapsing, this is one that we can manage,” Jolie told the magazine. “We can certainly all step in and do our part.”

 

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Jolie is a spokesperson for Women for Bees, a program by the United Nations UNESCO and Guerlain.

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“I don’t think a lot of people know what damage they’re doing. A lot of people are just trying to get through their day,” she added. “They want to do good. They don’t want to be destructive. They don’t know which thing to buy. They don’t know which thing to use. So I think part of this is wanting to help it be simple for everybody, because I need that.”

In a stunning portrait, Jolie appears with bees all over her. “I have six kids and a lot happening,” she said, “and I don’t know how to be the ‘perfect’ anything. And so if we can help each other to say, ‘This is a way forward, simple, and this is something you can do with your kids.'”

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And what about the photoshoot? Jolie shared that it “just felt lovely to be connected to these beautiful creatures.”

“You have to be really still and in your body, in the moment, which is not easy for me,” she recalled. “I think part of the thought behind it was, this creature is seen as dangerous sometimes or stinging. So how do we just be with it? The intention is we share this planet. We are affected by each other. This is what it should feel like and it really did, and I felt very honored and very lucky to have the experience.”

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