As a blogger, I am blessed to meet certain entertainers, actors, and actresses. Interviewing Angelina Jolie was truly a dream come true. She’s everything you’d expect and more. I was inspired by her and just in awe of this amazing woman who sat in front of us and was so open about sharing herself with us. Meeting certain celebrities make you a little nervous. I mean this woman I have watched ever movie, read every article and interview, and even her book she wrote as a goodwill ambassador. I was nervous that I had “built up” this person in my head, but I’m SO happy to say she exceeded my expectations and more. Like I said in the title…..She has has Beauty, Brains, and is an Inspiration for everyone. Below are some excepts from the interview:
AJ: Oh, this is so fun. I was so curious what this group of “Mommy Bloggers” was. This is fantastic!
Q: I believe that everything in life prepares you for this moment. So when I look at your career, you’ve done all kinds of movies. What brought you to this moment with a family Disney movie?
AJ: Ah, well I read this script and I was so moved by it, as a mother. I was also really moved by it because I thought of myself as a little girl, and I thought of all the kids I know, and I just think of that thing of feeling different, feeling outside, and also as a woman, feeling abused and this ideal if you’ve ever been abused and then you kind of, as a woman, put this wall up.
You become darker and you’re not able to be this soft person that you were born to be. What could possibly ever bring you back? The thing that brings her back is very much the thing that brought me back. So, I was very, very connected to it.
Q: How much of the Maleficent story did you know before you read the script?
AJ: I didn’t really know anything. When I was a little girl, I was fascinated by her. I didn’t really identify with the princesses, at the time. Princesses have gotten a little more modern. It’s like a little kid seeing Marlene Dietrich for the first time. It was like seeing this elegant, powerful woman who seemed to be having a great time and she was so….
There was a rumor that the movie was going to be made, I got a call from my brother. He was like, Ang, you’ve got to make a call to Disney, you got to try to get in on this. So I was very happy when I got the call. So just the idea of a Disney movie, having children and just being a big kid myself, and wanting to do a little bit of that was fun. I joked with Linda, I said, how could you possibly make a story where people have any connection to, or empathy for, somebody that curses a baby? It’s just, it’s going to be impossible.
Q: So how long did it take you to get ready for filming with the hair and makeup?
AJ: Ah, I think it was about two and a half hours at the end of the day. Which wasn’t as bad, we had really a great team.
Q: Was the head piece heavy?
AJ: They were so great, they were so sweet in that they worked so hard to make it not heavy. My hair was in these really funny little-little buns in order to get the head piece. My hair was used as kind of the thing that held the horns on. They made it very lightweight. They also had detachable horns, partially for weight, and also because they kept knocking myself out. If I’d go out the door, because I was about seven and a half foot high. So the first few days, I was just a complete mess.
Q: What did you think the first time you saw yourself in full makeup and costume?
AJ: I was really happy because we went through a few stages where, in trying to find her, we had a few that weren’t so great, you know,. There was a period where we thought, okay, well she’s got wings, so she’s part bird fairy, maybe she had feather hair. So we went kind of in many, many different directions. At the end of the day, we kind of said, it has to be that, because it is a real film and she has real scenes and emotional scenes, it can’t be so much makeup that you’re starring at some pasted makeup.
The soul has to come through. So it had to be enough to be a creature enough to be kind of, but-but still be able to have very serious scenes. I think they-they did an amazing job.
Q: How fun is it playing a villain in a Disney movie? How did you find your voice that you use for this film?
AJ: My kids helped me find it. I always tell stories, I’m sure we all have a few voices. I was giving them baths and I was doing this thing where a few nights in a row I would tell them storied in the bath. I was trying out voices and a few they’d say, please stop. Sometimes, you know, they’d listen and they’d kind of be more engaged. I kept trying and trying and trying.
Then I did that voice and they couldn’t stop laughing. So I kept doing it more, and more, and more, and more, and more. They still make me do it. I had to do it the other night for bedtime. So, I would kind of run it by them, and if they, if it made them happy, or made them smile, or they were interested in it, then it was right.
Q: As a mother, how did get your daughter into the film? Did you change your perspective in the way that you did it? What was it like working with her in the film?
AJ: It was a tough choice to do it. I mean, I think everybody knows the reason why I objected, you know, because I was really scaring other kids and it was… But it’s not frightening for children. So we realized there’s going to have, what four or five year old is, little girl is not, can I be really mean to and say things like, I don’t like children? And have her like be fine. We realized it was probably Vive. And-and, ah, and it took us a while to make sure that that was an okay thing to do. But the other day, I just wanted to play with her. And-and it was really fun. And we had a, ah, even though the first day she had to catch the butterfly and, ah, she didn’t, you know, like any four year old, she just decided she didn’t want to. So there’s some really, really funny outtakes of Brad and I… I’ve actually got the stick with the blue ball, that’s supposed to be the butterfly and I’m kind of running in front of her and Brad’s off the edge of the cliff, kind of trying to like dance and make her jump into his arms. She made us work all for that. It was the hardest working… And the people at Disney did say it was the funniest dailies that they’d ever seen. And it exists somewhere, I haven’t seen them, I should get them. It was lovely to do it.
Q: Can you talk about your humanitarian efforts? You have been an inspiration of mine for years. How can a regular mom, who doesn’t have all the things you do, how can we start small in our own community and do good for others?
AJ: Well I think the most important thing we do is we raise our children with love and compassion to become great people and thoughtful of others and that’s the most important thing. If everybody did just that, we’d have a very different world. And encourage our children’s education and-and help them to be conscious of the world around them. So I think mothers have the most powerful role.
AJ: There was even examples of Taliban fighters who stopped because their mothers stopped them. Because the mothers became educated. They couldn’t stop the men, but they, educate the mothers and the mothers got them back home.
AJ: I think beyond that it is everybody knows it, especially with being online, there is so much to connect to and there is so much that can be done. As you see now with the situation with the Nigerian girls, that’s not government,that’s the masses speaking out and pushing for government change. Sometimes doesn’t feel like every voice counts, but it really does. There’s a conference in June I’d love you to be aware of that I’m doing, the Foreign Secretary of England, June tenth to the thirteenth.
AJ:Which is called PSBI, it’s the largest summit ever to end sexual violence in conflict. It’s open to the public, but it’s in England. It’s not just governments, and it’s not just NGO’s, and it’s not just, it’s the, everybody has to come together. So NATO will be there, peace keepers will be there, governments will be there, and it’s open to the public, and NGO’s, and victims, and doctors will be there. So everybody together will spend four days. I think that’s what these things take is all of us very tightly working together.
Q: As a mom, humanitarian, and entertainer how do you do it all?
AJ: I’m at a very lucky position. I have, I have a supportive partner and he and I are able to take turns working often. When you make a film, it doesn’t take all year around. when I direct it does, but I get to decide when I leave in the morning and when I come home at night, and I can edit in my bedroom,and would be there in case there’s an emergency with the children. So I have a very rare luxury with my job to be able to have my kids with me on set every day and home school, and other mothers have it much harder than I do, and don’t have the means to have the assistance I do.
So I don’t feel like I, by any means, do anything exceptional. My mom was a single mom and she had a lot of difficulty and she gave up her dreams to like to make sure she could take me to my auditions and support me. Nobody acknowledged her for what she did, you know, so that was hard. I can’t complain.
Meeting Angelina was everything I thought it would be and more. She really made me take stock as a person and mother and want to push myself. I want to be a better person and instill compassion and more into my own children. Angelina was kind enough to take a group photo with us and I’ve already printed it out and it’s setting in my office 🙂
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