Angelina Jolie has opened up about embracing signs of ageing.

The actress, 42, explained in an interview with InStyle that the older she gets, the more she sees the resemblance between herself and her late mother, Marcheline Bertrand.

"I look in the mirror and I see that I look like my mother, and that warms me," she told the website. "I also see myself ageing, and I love it because it means I'm alive—I'm living and getting older.

"Don't love having a random dark spot from a pregnancy, sure. I see my flaws. But what I see that I like isn't about a structure or an appearance. It's more that I see my family in my face. I see my age."

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Things have certainly changed for Angelina, who admitted to rebelliously using a sharpie to dye her hair as a teenager, reports Daily Mail.

"I was a bit of a tomboy. And then I was a bit of a punk. Nowadays it's very popular to dye your hair blue, for example. In my day you bleached it and used a Sharpie."

As a girl, Angelina says she was never one to play with makeup.

But now, she enjoys watching her adopted daughter Zahara, 13, do just that with her friends.

"I buy a lot, especially for Z [Zahara]. She went through a period of trying different things, but she's pretty natural. I remember she had a girlfriend over one night, and they said they were going to do dress-up and did I have any makeup?"

"I gave them my makeup, but I wear one color red, and I have black eyeliner and mascara—I have the most boring makeup kit. And my daughter and I are different shades of brown. I now have a backup kit in case anybody wants to play."

Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of the MGM Pictures film 'Original Sin' July 31, 2001. Photo / Getty Images
Angelina Jolie attends the premiere of the MGM Pictures film 'Original Sin' July 31, 2001. Photo / Getty Images

The mom of six also opened up about social media, and how the pressure to conform has been made worse by it.

She expressed hopes her children would learn how to be themselves instead of allowing social media dictate their likes and dislikes.

"My children don't really do a lot of social media," she explained. "I'm hoping they'll have room to figure out what they like before they're told by a bunch of other people what they should like or how they're being perceived. My mom used to say when I was little, 'Let me see your soul.'

"That was her thing. Whenever I'd get upset or something, she'd say, 'Let me see your soul.' What it meant was, 'Show me you. Are you mad? Let me see.' I've never really talked about that. I think, I hope anyway, that's how I'm raising my children: Put what's inside you forward and find you, figure out who you are."