Recently, Angelina Jolie has made no bones about moving on from acting onto something longer lasting and probably more substantial. I’m hinting at a directorial career, if you haven’t guessed. But Jolie is doing far more than hinting. While doing press for her second effort behind the camera, the critically acclaimed Louis Zamperini biopic, Jolie managed to slip in a little reference to that other project she’s working on.
Jolie is in the process of editing By the Sea, the romantic drama she directed and starred in with Brad Pitt this year. Although she didn’t enjoy directing herself, the newly minted filmmaker said it was a much needed experience for both her and her new husband.
“We just wanted to play again,” she said for HitFix. “We’ve been doing big films and been apart and we just wanted to play. So I wrote something that was actually about a bad marriage so we decided to shoot that on our honeymoon.” [Laughs.] It turned out to be a good idea, thank God.”
But the big thing at the moment has got to be Unbroken. Speaking to interviewers at the film’s premiere over the weekend, Jolie described the directing experience. “I do love working with actors,” Jolie said of directing. “I think it’s something I realized I love so much more. I love putting the spotlight on somebody else and seeing what they do. And I love that I know a little bit about what that feels like, so I can give them the protections that I believe they need. I don’t know. I’m still so new to this. I come at it with, ‘I love this story. I want to tell this story. I care about this man. I want an audience to receive this story. I don’t want to make it too much for them, too long for them, too violent for them, too anything.’ I just want to be able to communicate, and you try your best.”
As Angelina Jolie is promoting her most recent directorial film, Unbroken, she has hinted that her career as an actress is over and being behind the camera is what her future holds, but her retirement isn’t set in stone just yet.
The Oscar winner recently revealed that she doesn’t plan on giving acting up altogether, but she will only do “very little acting” going forward. However, even though she prefers being in the director’s chair, Jolie isn’t keen on the idea of directing herself. “I’ll do very little acting in the future. And it’s funny, somebody said to me – and I think it’s true – what’s odd is that I wouldn’t direct the films I act in,” she told the Sunday Times Culture magazine. “Some of them, maybe, but in general I wouldn’t spend two years working on the things I’m in.”
Angelina Jolie has been one of Hollywood’s leading actresses for many years, and even won an Oscar in 2000, so after achieving all this success it seems the 39 year-old star is looking for a career change in the near future, and once again she is talking about entering the world of politics. At the start of the month, Jolie revealed to Vanity Fair about that she “is open” to embarking on a career as a politician, but could her latest revelation mean she is turning her back on Hollywood for good?
As she is already known for her dedicated work as a humanitarian, including co-founding the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative PVSI, an organisation aiming to fight against sexual abuse around the world, Jolie recently admitted to ITV News she may make a permanent career switch if she “felt I could make a difference.” “I don’t know what that means or where that will lead me but I want to be effective,” explained Jolie, who was named an honorary Dame in June. “I want to help to make change.”
With her vast charitable work around the globe, the Maleficent actress, who is already a United Nations special envoy, would be an ideal spokesperson for fighting against issues that are destroying poorer nations. “We have overall a failing of international leadership when we have 51 million people displaced from conflict, more people displaced than since after World War II, when we have completely open-ended conflicts, when we have crises like Syria,” she said. “We seem to be completely unable to handle it and make ground and help all of the people who are starving and dying at the moment…I think clearly if you look around the world you can say that we simply are not doing enough.”
Only three months have passed since Angelina Jolie tied the knot for a third time to her longtime partner, and father to their six children, Brad Pitt, but the Hollywood actress already knows she can improve as a wife. The notoriously private Jolie recently opened up about her personal life during an interview with Tom Brokaw on Tuesday’s Today show (Nov 25th), and explained how her relationship with Pitt has changed since walking down the aisle.
“It did change,” Jolie admitted. “It was in just a feeling of that security and comfort that we always had, but recommitting after 10 years together. And we were fortunate enough to be in that unusual situation where we got married with our children, and they were a part of the ceremony and they wrote some of the vows.” The Oscar winner added, “So it was all of us agreeing to be together and to commit to this life together – not because we had to, not because anything was missing in our lives, but because we were absolutely sure. It was really lovely, it was a lovely day.”
Jolie also confessed that she could be a better spouse to Pitt, and revealed she already has ideas on how to achieve this. “We have more moments where I say, ‘I’m going to be a better wife. I’m going to learn to cook,’ and he says, ‘Oh honey, know what you’re good at, know what you’re not.’ He knows my limitations and where I’m a good wife and a good mom,” she said.
Shortly after their wedding, the Hollywood power couple, who first became an item after co-starring in 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith, started filming By the Sea, a romantic drama set in the 1970s about a troubled marriage. “The first one we did together we weren’t together, and it was a comedy and it had a lot of action and it was really fun,” Jolie said. “Ten years on we’ve learned a lot more about each other. It’s a film about a very troubled marriage, and it felt like the appropriate thing to do on our honeymoon.”
Angelina Jolie is facing some serious award nods for her second stint as a feature film director in Unbroken, and while filmmaking seems to be something this Hollywood superstar is naturally gifted it, she admits it was never on her to-do list.
Having won countless awards including an Academy Award in her prolific acting career, Angelina Jolie is without doubt one of the brightest stars Hollywood has to offer. She is just as well known for her extensive humanitarian projects, namely regarding sexual violence in military conflict zones and has done more than her fair share of charity trips and million dollar donations. It was perhaps this that took her to her 2011 feature filmmaking debut In the Land of Blood and Honey which dealt with an issue close to her work: the Bosnian conflicts.
‘I hadn’t planned on directing at all’, she admits. ‘I figured that one day I would stop acting and spend time at home with my kids. I ended up directing the film almost by default because I was shy to let it go anywhere else.’ Fast-forward three years later and she has befriended Olympian turned war hero Louis Zamperini (now recently deceased) for another significant and touching project based on his life and World War II experiences as a prisoner of war.
‘There’s so much pain in the world’, Jolie contemplates. ‘I feel that we need stories like this today – the journey of a man finding his way through darkness and into the light – stories that can help us, inspire us, show us something remarkable and make us feel positive about life.’
Hollywood royalty Angelina Jolie has claimed that she might be dissuaded from a potential move to London by the proposed ‘mansion tax’.
In an interview with British broadcaster Channel 4, which she conducted primarily to promote her upcoming movie Unbroken, she told news presenter Jon Snow that although she’d like to have a base in Britain, the theoretical tax for properties over £2 million ($3.2 million) in value could act as a deterrent.
Jolie, 39, declared her fondness for Britain, having lived in England before, and said to Snow: “it would be really nice to have a foothold here for work.” But in response to Snow’s point that the plans would make expensive housing that bit more expensive, she laughed in response and said “I’m quite responsible about money. That could put me off.”
Britain’s Labour Party, currently in opposition, outlined its plans for the so-called ‘mansion tax’ earlier this year as part of a raft of policies for implementation if it wins next year’s general election. Labour’ leader Ed Miliband recently came under fire from celebrities while discussing the proposals on national television.
In any case, Jolie’s plans to move are only theoretical, as she also said to Snow that “it was just a rumour that started and I think the rumour came before I had even thought about it.”
If Angelina Jolie has gotten any parenting techniques from her most recent directing project, Unbroken, there are some interesting times ahead for the Jolie-Pitt kids. During a recent press conference, Jolie admitted that the story of an American Olympian turned World War II prisoner has really touched her and helped her tackle motherhood – and life in general.
At the movie premiere in Sydney, Australia, in front of a crowd of hundreds, Jolie explained how directing her second feature film had affected her. The actress/director finds hope in the story of Louis Zamperini, she told Reuters. “I think as a human being, as a mother, as someone who works internationally, I needed desperately to know a man like Louis Zamperini in my life, to know that there is hope,” Jolie said.
Zamperini’s story, as told in the movie and a best-selling book by Linda Hildebrand, follows Zamperini, on Olympic sprinter, after his plane crashed in the South Pacific. Zamperini spent 47 days on a life raft and was then held for two years by the Japanese.
Jolie was able to show Zamperini an early cut of the film, shot in Australia, before his death in July, aged 97. “The strength of a strong heart and an indomitable will is valuable and it’s worth something,” she added.