With ‘Maleficent,’ Angelina Jolie finds the good in evil
BY CINDY PEARLMAN Big Picture News Inc. May 26, 2014 5:14PM
Angelina Jolie in "Maleficent." | DISNEY Updated: May 26, 2014 6:56PM
Angelina Jolie isn’t used to this type of reaction. Most fans race up wanting an autograph or a photo op.
This one recoiled in horror.
“The first days I had my horns on, I thought kids would adore me,” she says. “I’m a Disney character! I went over to one child and she turned and said, ‘Mommy, please tell the mean witch lady to stop talking to me!’ ”
Finding her inner villain in “Maleficent” (opening Friday) was still delicious. “I’ve been a fan of Maleficent since I was a little girl,” says Jolie, recalling the mistress of all evil from Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” (1959). “I was terrified of her, but I was so drawn to her. I always wanted to know more about her and who she was and what she was like. She had this elegance and this grace.
“It meant so much to me as a child, so it was very important for me to get this role right. We wanted to pay respect to the original, but bring it to a new generation.
“We wanted to tell a beautiful fairy tale.”
Creating her look required a team of people. Wearing the horns “was very exciting,” Jolie says. “I felt like I was in a different world. The first time I stepped on the set and did the villain, I knew she had to be a little dangerous. That’s part of the fun.”
Finding fun was a welcome change after a tough year in which Jolie learned that she carried a gene putting her at high risk of cancer and had a double mastectomy. The medical issues have “brought my family closer together. We’ve been through a lot.”
In tough times, she looked to her own late mother for inspiration. “There are very few people in this world who live for others, and that was my mother. She was pure generosity and sweetness.”
She brings her strength to her other role as mama to six kids with fiancé Brad Pitt. “It was my mother who taught me that it’s just as important to listen to your kids as to tell them or instruct them.” She says Pitt is a hands-on parent, too. “There is nothing sexier than a man who teaches his children to respect women by treating their mother with love and respect.”
How does she balance it all? “I have a great partner,” she says. “I’m very lucky. I have a lot more support and resources than most people. I have food, safety and a home for my children to grow and thrive.”
Her daughter Vivienne has a small role in “Maleficent.” Does that mean the kids are following in their parents’ famed footsteps? She laughs. “We just want them to enjoy being kids,” she says.
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The traditional green slime flowed at the Kids’ Choice Awards, but it was Angelina Jolie‘s message of empowerment for youngsters that stuck.
Jolie, who has sought to inspire women with public candor about her own health, said that “different is good” as she accepted the favorite villain award Saturday for her movie role as the title character in “Maleficent.”
When she was young, Jolie said, “I was told I was different. And I felt out of place: too loud, too full of fire, never good at sitting still, never good at fitting in.”
“When someone tells you that you are different, smile and hold your head up and be proud,” she said, then added with a wink, “cause a little trouble. It’s good for you.”
The actress and filmmaker, who disclosed earlier this week that she had undergone additional surgery aimed at preventing cancer, received excited hugs from daughters Shiloh and Zahara when her name was announced.
Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt
Other winners at the Nickelodeon channel’s fan-voted awards included Emma Stone, who largely escaped its trademark slime when she accepted the best actress award for her role in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” and favorite family TV show “Modern Family,” whose stars including Jesse Tyler Ferguson didn’t get away clean.
Nick Jonas hosted the ceremony, which also honored the group Fifth Harmony as favorite new artist and Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1″ as favorite action stars. The film was voted favorite movie. Jonas won as favorite male singer but also ended up drenched in the ceremony’s trademark green slime, as did Josh Gad (“Frozen,” Broadway’s “Book of Mormon”), who got slimed by co-presenter Adam Sandler.
Performers included Iggy Azalea with Jennifer Hudson and 5 Seconds of Summer, which ended up taking a goo hit.
Jonas opened the ceremony by noting that One Direction was minus a group member with the exit of Zayn Malik.
“A tough week. … Lot of girls in the house tonight still struggling after One Direction became Two Direction,” he said, then asked, jokingly, “What’s next? Fourth Harmony? 3 Seconds of Summer? No, no. The Jonas Brother?” One Direction didn’t appear to accept its trophy as favorite music group.
Others taking part in the ceremony included Jamie Foxx, Meghan Trainor, Chris Rock, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Kevin James and Little League Baseball sensation Mo’ne Davis.
Jolie, writing in the New York Times on Tuesday, revealed that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed in hopes of reducing her risk of cancer.
Two years ago, she disclosed that she carries a defective breast cancer gene that puts her at high risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Her mother died of ovarian cancer, and her maternal grandmother also had ovarian cancer – strong evidence of an inherited, genetic risk that led Jolie to have her healthy breasts removed to try to avoid the same fate.
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"AP Interview: Angelina Jolie returns to Cambodia as director
Between bites of spicy Cambodian curry and fried fish with rice, Angelina Jolie Pitt explains how this tiny country with a tumultuous past changed the course of her life.
She first visited Cambodia 16 years ago to portray "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" - the gun-toting, bungee-jumping, supremely toned action hero that made her a star. Soon after, she adopted her first child from a Cambodian orphanage and returned again and again on humanitarian missions. Now, she's back for another movie but this time as a director, and the subject matter is a far cry from Lara Croft.
"First They Killed My Father," is based on a Khmer Rouge memoir written by survivor Loung Ung that recounts the 1970s Cambodian genocide from a child's perspective. The film, which she is directing and co-wrote with Ung for Netflix, is in Khmer, with an all-Cambodian cast and according to Jolie Pitt "the most important" movie of her career. During a break from filming, she talked to The Associated Press about how, more than ever, she feels a satisfying symbiosis between her life and work.
In person, Jolie Pitt is engaging and down-to-earth, dressed in a T-shirt and long black skirt, her hair pulled into a casual bun. She goes out of her way to play down her celebrity, hopping into the back of an SUV and squeezing into the middle seat beside a reporter for a short drive from the set to the crew's outdoor lunch tents. She is relaxed and articulate as the conversation veers from acting and directing, to history, humanitarian work, motherhood and her special relationship to Cambodia.
"When I first came to Cambodia, it changed me. It changed my perspective. I realized there was so much about history that I had not been taught in school, and so much about life that I needed to understand, and I was very humbled by it," said the 40-year-old Jolie Pitt, who grew up in Los Angeles where she felt "a real emptiness."
She was struck by the graciousness and warmth of Cambodian people, despite the tragedy that left an estimated 2 million people dead. While shooting Lara Croft in 2000, some scenes required sidestepping land mines, she said, which made her aware of the dangers refugees face in countries ravaged by war. "That trip triggered my realization of how little I knew and the beginning of my search for that knowledge."
It prompted her to contact the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to learn about the agency's work before joining as a goodwill ambassador in 2001. She was then given an expanded role as Special Envoy in 2012.
It was during an early trip back to Cambodia with the U.N. that Jolie had another epiphany - this time about motherhood.
"It's strange, I never wanted to have a baby. I never wanted to be pregnant. I never babysat. I never thought of myself as a mother," Jolie, now famously a mother of six, says with a laugh. But while playing with children at a Cambodian school, "it was suddenly very clear to me that my son was in the country, somewhere."
She adopted Maddox in 2002, and a year later opened a foundation in his name in northwestern Battambang province, which helps fund health care, education and conservation projects in rural Cambodia.
Maddox is now 14 and sporting what his mom calls "a blonde stripe" - a shaggy mohawk with the top dyed blonde. He joined her in Cambodia to help behind the scenes for the project that she sees as a unique merger of her film work and family with humanitarian interests.
"For me, this is the moment, where finally my life is kind of in line, and I feel I'm finally where I should be," Jolie Pitt said.
Her fondness for Cambodia is mutual, according to the country's most celebrated filmmaker Rithy Panh, who says "First They Killed My Father" will be the first Hollywood epic filmed in Cambodia about the country's genocide - a sign that the government trusts her to respectfully revisit the horrors of the past.
"I don't think they authorized Hollywood to come here. They authorized Angelina Jolie. It's not the same. She is special. She has a special relationship with the Cambodian people. There is a mutual respect," said Panh, her co-producer.
"I wonder if she's not a reincarnated Cambodian," he laughed, then thought about it. "Maybe. Maybe in a previous life she was Cambodian."
She expects to return to hold the film's premiere in Cambodia at the end of the year, before its release on Netflix."
4. Angelina Jolie. Hammel writes that interviewing Angie is like "preparing for an audience with the queen." She goes on to write, "[w]hen you meet her she appears unhealthily skinny, not just I-have-to-look-good-onscreen-so-give-me-a-break thin, with jagged shoulder blades and protruding clavicles, and has strangely pale makeup covering up what look like scattered scabs. And that she has a slow way of talking, looks you in the eyes only briefly and not truly connecting at all (many stars try really hard to seem like they're connecting; she does not, at least not with me)."