Actress tells kids that different is good
Actress tells kids that different is good Jesse Tyler Ferguson, from left, Rico Rodriguez and Ariel Winter are slimed after being announced winners of the award for favorite family TV show for Modern Family at Nickelodeon's 28th annual Kids' Choice Awards (AP photos)
Actress tells kids that different is good
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The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids' Choice Awards, but it was Angelina Jolie's message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck.

Jolie, who has sought to inspire women with public candor about her own health, said that "different is good" as she accepted the favorite villain award for her movie role as the title character in "Maleficent."

When she was young, Jolie said, "I was told I was different. And I felt out of place: too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in."

"When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud," she said, then added with a wink, "cause a little trouble. It's good for you."

The actress and filmmaker, who just recently disclosed that she had undergone additional surgery aimed at preventing cancer, received excited hugs from daughters Shiloh and Zahara when her name was announced.

Other winners at the Nickelodeon channel's fan-voted awards included Emma Stone, who largely escaped its trademark slime when she accepted the best actress award for her role in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and favorite family TV show "Modern Family," whose stars including Jesse Tyler Ferguson didn't get away clean.

Nick Jonas hosted the ceremony, which also honored the group Fifth Harmony as favorite new artist and Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence of "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" as favorite action stars. The film was voted favorite movie.

Jonas won as favorite male singer but also ended up drenched in the ceremony's trademark green slime, as did Josh Gad ("Frozen," Broadway's "Book of Mormon"), who got slimed by co-presenter Adam Sandler.

Performers included Iggy Azalea with Jennifer Hudson and 5 Seconds of Summer, which ended up taking a goo hit.

Jonas opened the ceremony by noting that One Direction was minus a group member with the exit of Zayn Malik.

"A tough week. ... Lot of girls in the house tonight still struggling after One Direction became Two Direction," he said, then asked, jokingly, "What's next? Fourth Harmony? 3 Seconds of Summer? No, no. The Jonas Brother?"

One Direction didn't appear to accept its trophy as favorite music group.

Others taking part in the ceremony included Jamie Foxx, Meghan Trainor, Chris Rock, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin James and Little League Baseball sensation Mo'ne Davis.

Jolie, recently writing in the New York Times, revealed that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.

Two years ago, she disclosed that she carries a defective breast cancer gene that puts her at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Her mother died of ovarian cancer and her maternal grandmother also had ovarian cancer strong evidence of an inherited, genetic risk that led Jolie to have her healthy breasts removed to try to avoid the same fate.

Critical thinking challenge: How can different be good?

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  • alexisb-Koc
    4/12/2015 - 01:59 p.m.

    Although I'm 17, I did watch the Kids Choice Awards because I do enjoy it still. When Angelina spoke of being different, it truly struck a chord for me. Growing up I was different as well, I don't like the music I'm "supposed" to like, and I don't act how I'm "supposed" to in regards to my race. Therefore, I kept quiet. But I ended up embracing it. I like that Angelina is letting these young children know that it's okay to be unique. She's incredible.

  • alizel-Koc
    4/13/2015 - 12:31 a.m.

    I most definitely agree with Angelina Jolie's statement, "different is good." people always want to fit in with what society does or with their surroundings. It's more common for people to do the wrong things to themselves, trying to fit in with other people. I believe being different is great. You're uncommon, extraordinary, unique, and you're yourself. Different can be good in many, many ways. Especially when it's the right to do, with whatever you do or whoever you are. If you're not different, you're just like everyone else. If everyone in the world were the same, the world would be so boring. What fun is it to be the same? Where is the fun in being the same as everyone else? Like I had said in the beginning, I most definitely as Angelina Jolie. Being different isn't good, it's great. It's great, especially when you are yourself. The true you.

  • sierran-Koc
    4/13/2015 - 01:10 a.m.

    I feel like it's good that Angelina Jolie said that. It shows that not all celebrities are rude in real life. Some celebrities can be mean and rude and it just shows that some are different. Just like what Angelina Jolie said, being different is good. I think that's pretty awesome. Different can be good because being normal is boring. Everyone is different in their own way. There is no "normal".

  • pp2000boa
    4/13/2015 - 01:08 p.m.

    I don't get how this shows being different is good, who are all these rewarded people? Why are they being doused in dirty stuff?

    I think this message is always overrated. She could say being different to achieve great results is good, probably. It's pretty obvious that being different is good. It's always shown in media content and all those.

  • Haley Patterson
    4/14/2015 - 01:34 p.m.

    I seriously think that this is such a good quote, especially for her because of the character she played in Maleficent. I have to agree that different is good because no one is the same.

  • tylerr-Che
    4/14/2015 - 01:50 p.m.

    Parents have a different way to tell kids thing and kids have different personality and live a different way people is different in there own way.

  • sergiolo.antonio
    4/18/2015 - 04:32 p.m.

    These said they said in the "Kids Choice Awards" and obviously had to say something the actress and director Angelina Jolie after winning the award for favorite villain of the year, and also for having revealed to the press (New York Times newspaper as the first source) who had undergone the extraction of their ovaries to prevent hereditary cancer from her family. She said at the awards that "be different is good, and you should smile, hold your head high and be proud"
    Now answering the question, How can "different" be "good"? I think we all are, some stand out more than others, but equally we are all different, otherwise life would have no meaning, we would speak the same things, the same tastes, I think there has to be variety of everything life, whether it would be very boring. And I think being different is good because it feels authentic, unique, and that makes it special, and above all for yourself.

  • mylesr-Fit
    4/21/2015 - 02:18 p.m.

    I think Mrs. Jolie's "advice" is not to be followed by as an example. This is "advice" coming from a celebrity. Celebrities are notorious for giving bad, generic advice ("be yourself", "you're the best don't forget it", etc), and this is no different. It should be common knowledge that being diverse is a good thing. We don't need the obvious re-stated by some random celebrity.

    5/14/2015 - 04:04 p.m.

    Different is good, all the people who invented apple and windows they were different. They were called nerds, and I have been called one too. Being a different is good, all I have to worry about is my grades, and my friends because I'm not popular because I'm different. But I have come to this conclusion, being a nerd rules!

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