updated 05/15/2013 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/15/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET
On Feb. 2, Angelina Jolie, 37, began the long, complex process of undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery – yet she still kept living her very full life without anyone around her the wiser. How did she do it?
Her father Jon Voight, 74, with whom she reconciled after a difficult relationship, told the New York Daily News that he was surprised along with the rest of the world to learn of his daughter’s surgeries, saying that he understood her decision.
“I want the focus to be on the inspiration,” he said.
Though a source confirms that the actress’s private obstetrician-gynecologist visited her on several occasions in January, her schedule – and her kids’ schedules – remained unchanged.