ANGELINA JOLIE: THE TIRED TOURIST

Is Angelina Jolie showing signs of fatigue?

That appeared to be the case as the Oscar winning actress signed autographs before the premiere of The Tourist in New York City today (December 6).

Despite graciously signing autograph after autograph, the always on the go actress looked uncommonly tired.

Meanwhile, Angelina offers up an extended interview to the Daily Mail to promote The Tourist, and she talks about partner Brad Pitt and the kids, Johnny Depp and even pastic surgery. (She claims she’s never had anything done.)

A few highlights:

On her relationship with Brad Pitt : ‘We’re sweet, thanks for asking. Really, all that stuff that goes on, it’s nothing to do with us. We ignore it because it’s nonsense. We can laugh about things that are said about us because we’re OK.’

On the director of The Tourist, and filming in Venice: ‘Florian and I have a similar approach to films. We love art when it comes in forms that are dark and deep, and that can be wonderfully rich, but I think there’s something to be said for stories that have humour and beauty and fun. And we wanted to honour those old movies that were so beautiful to watch. It was lovely being in Venice because my whole family came, so we had this beautiful home looking out at the Grand Canal. The kids got very familiar with it and they often did their homework in boats, to break up the day. There are great museums and great art. One night Brad and I went out to dinner and I wanted to get dressed up and wear my heels. By the time we’d finished dinner we had to borrow welly boots because the water had risen so high that you couldn’t walk down the street. But that’s the magic of Venice. It’s not an inconvenience if you fall into the magic of it, it’s actually a lot of fun.’

Jolie on Depp: ‘It turns out we are both a bit reclusive,’ she laughs. ‘That’s why our paths had never crossed – neither of us attends many parties or goes out very much. Neither of us seems to take ourselves too seriously. And maybe there’s something about being in a place in your life where your family is so central to you that you have a good perspective on it all. You appreciate the work, and when you are there you focus and give it your best, and then when it’s done you go home to your family. Your life is full off-set and you have this nice balance. Johnny is like that and I’m like that, too.’ Depp also decamped to Venice for the filming, staying on a yacht near Angelina’s brood with his partner, the French actress and singer Vanessa Paradis, and their two children. ‘We got together as families,’ says Angelina. ‘Brad, Vanessa and all the kids; that was lovely. Just family stuff.’

Jolie on date nights: ‘You have to make time when you are not Mom and Dad once in a while. I think for anybody who has kids, the most important thing is that you love your children, but you also have to stay focused on each other so that you stay strong. And you staying strong as a couple keeps the kids in an even better place.’

Jolie on where she is in her life: ‘I enjoy the work more now because I enjoy life more. When you have children the whole world shifts for you. You have these little people that make you laugh and remind you every day of what is important, and you get to be their parent and that’s the most important thing you’ll ever be. Everything else comes from that.’

On family: ‘My mother made me feel very loved and sent me out into my life to be whatever I needed to be and to express whatever I needed to be. Hopefully I’m giving my children the sense that they are deeply loved and deeply safe. At the same time we are hopefully encouraging their individuality as they get to know who they are, and not getting in the way of that. That’s why they are six very strong individuals.’

On Shiloh being a tomboy: ‘I don’t think it’s for the world to interpret anything. She likes to dress like a boy and wants her hair cut like a boy and she wanted to be called “John” for a while. Some kids wear capes and want to be Superman and she wants to be like her brothers. It’s who she is. It’s been a surprise to us and it’s really interesting, but she’s so much more than that – she’s funny and sweet and pretty. But she does love a tie…’

On that Joan Collins thing, where Collins said, “There aren’t that many good-looking actresses around today. I mean, there’s Angelina Jolie and there’s Angelina Jolie…”: Angelina seems genuinely surprised when I mention this to her. ‘Really?’ she says. ‘That is so sweet and so flattering. It means that much more coming from her, because she is just so gorgeous and cool and has been for ever.’

On plastic surgery: ‘I haven’t had anything done and I don’t think I will. But if it makes somebody happy then that’s up to them. I’m not in somebody else’s skin to know what makes them feel better about themselves. But I don’t plan to do it myself.’

On the rumors that Brad would run for higher office: ‘Well, that’s news to me. He’d green up the White House pretty quickly. But I think he’s a little busy for that…’

On the idea that she would run for office: ‘Not directly, no. And with my life, well, I’m not sure that I would be taken seriously and get stuff done.’ She’s right; America likes its politicians to be squeaky clean and Angelina’s past would raise a few eyebrows with some of the voters in Middle America. ‘Yeah,’ she points out, ‘although I would rather have somebody who has experienced a lot of life-making decisions – and at least the skeletons have already been let out of my closet.’

On her directorial debut: ‘I’ve been to a lot of areas in the world post-conflict, and I wanted to write a story about the effect that war has on society – how it changes people, changes their lives and their futures.’

On perhaps playing Cleopatra: ‘It remains an exciting idea but has not yet been put on the page,’ she says. ‘We need to be clear about why we want to do it and how the story relates to today; see what new information there is about her, how we can make it new.’

On working with Brad again: ‘We talk about it often but it’s just hard to find the right thing. We want to find that really great script, that special project, so we keep looking. We’ll find it one day.’

On the kids: ‘They are in a local school in Budapest at the moment and they are having a good time,’ she says. ‘They’ll be here hanging out and playing with the fake snow.’ They will doubtless make even more demands on her, but she doesn’t mind. ‘I love it. I like being active, I love being busy and answering a lot of questions. And the children, well, that’s not work. It never is. They are always a pleasure.’

5 Responses to “ANGELINA JOLIE: THE TIRED TOURIST”

  1. I just can’t help but love her. I feel like when she talks she isn’t just making up a whole lot of bullshit. She is interesting. I’m really looking foward to seeing this movie! She looks stunning as well…because she doesn’t dress up all the time it’s nice when she does.

    • She isn’t “making up a whole lot of bullshit”, her PR agent is doing all the writing. NOw a days, celebs get a written question form released to their PR agents. They then hover over the questions so they are answered “just right”. People magazine has been doing this for years, most others do too. It’s not a “sit down interview”. Angie & Co. get all the time in the world (usually 2 weeks) to return comment.

  2. Um, no plastic surgery? So, that nose job from years past just happened ALL by itself…? Er, okay.

  3. A nose look slimmer when one loses weight…
    I’m just not convinced on the plastic surgery story.

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