(LOS ANGELES) — Angelina Jolie – A woman who wears many hats including Oscar winner, Brad Pitt’s constant companion, humanitarian, mom.
And now added screenwriter and film director to that list.
Jolie’s been doing a lot of publicity for her new, Golden Globe-nominated film, In the Land of Blood and Honey While the 36-year-old actress chose to stay behind the camera this time around, she’s come out for the project in a big way, opening up about her family, her goals, and whether she and Pitt will ever tie the knot.
Tabloids claiming she’s on a crazy diet, take note. Jolie and Pitt made their own Thanksgiving feast this year.
Her kids are as eccentric as she is.
In a January issue of Marie Claire, Jolie spoke of her children. Of 3-year-old Vivienne, she said, “She is so elegant and delicate. Vivi will pick flowers from the garden and put them in her hair.” As for Zahara, 6: “She’s begun horseback riding. She has found her thing.” Her oldest, Pax, 8, is “extremely wild … but he has a very, very good heart.” “You know, like those punk rockers,” she said. “When you really get to know them and they are just pussy cats. But at the same time, he is going to get into some kind of trouble.”
She’s just like other moms.
Like other working moms, Jolie must balance career with motherhood. Since starting a family, her attitude about acting has changed.
She told ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour: “I don’t feel needed in a position of being an actor. I feel like I’m needed at home as a mom, and I’m hoping that I’ll find other things,” Jolie said. “I’d love to be able to write or direct or work on and produce more projects about issues dealing with situations that I feel passionate about.”
She and Brad are like a regular married couple.
It may seem hard to believe, but Jolie claims she and Pitt are just like other couples. She told Amanpour that they try to keep things “normal” and even have date nights together. And like other couples, the actress admitted they have their differences in opinion, especially when it comes to politics. For one, Jolie said she and Pitt have different views on the death penalty.
“I won’t say whose side anyone is on, but it’s the one, the thing nobody brings up at dinner because nobody wants us to go off on each other,” she said. “But it’s fun. It’s a fun debate, you know? It’s a good. You want to be able to … respect each other’s views and to not be exactly … we’re not identical. We have strong views.”
She feels more exposed now than ever before.
For her latest film, the Golden Globe-nominated In the Land of Blood and Honey, Jolie stayed behind the camera, as writer and director, but said she felt even more exposed than when she was acting.
Jolie told Amanpour that it felt “bizarre” to play the role of the writer and the director, but added that it was “great not to be in front of the camera.” Jolie said “writing is the hardest because it feels the most exposed.”
“When you’re an actress, you use somebody else’s words and you can always blame the director and the director can say the editor,” she said. “But the writer is the one that kind of sits alone in the room and writes what they think is important, funny, historical, topical.”
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