In my head, Angelina Jolie and Madonna have always had some privileged white lady beef with one another. Y’know, racing one another to see who could raise the biggest child army to take over the world (or, at the very least, a corner booth at the local IHOP). So I always assumed Angelina did that disaster of a film, By The Sea, with Brad Pitt because her ass was chapped over Madge being the reigning queen of relationship torpedoes-on-film with Swept Away. But apparently she just thought it was going to be a good thing for her own relationship.
E! News says Angelina is making the awards season rounds for First They Killed My Father and decided to pop up on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. The reporter asked her what the fuck she was thinking (in so many words) with By The Sea, a movie about a couple on the rocks filmed one year before she and Brad fizzled out. She just thought it would help with communication:
“We had met working together and we worked together well…I wanted us to do some serious work together…I thought it would be a good way for us to communicate. In some ways it was, and in some ways we learned some things. But there was a heaviness probably during that situation that carried on and it wasn’t because of the film. It was something that we were dealing…things happen for different reasons, and things…why did I write that exact piece? Why did we feel that way when we made it? I’m not sure.
The box office isn’t sure either, Angie! Most critics felt the film was a giant turd, so some of the things Angelina likely learned is it isn’t always a bad thing to tell one’s artsy-fartsy inner voice to take a seat and just accept a check (aka Mr. And Mrs. Smith 2). While the only lesson in communication seems to be that Brad and Angelina learned to dial their respective divorce attorneys (or did they??), there are also other fun nuggets of her past in the interview.
The whole thing is pretty long, so click here to hear for yourself. But she does praise her mother for letting her basically shack up with her boyfriend at 14 since it apparently turned her off the idea of dating until she got married to Jonny Lee Miller. She also apparently thought she was over acting once she divorced Jonny and enrolled in NYU. She doesn’t say what made her return to Hollywood, but I assume it has something to do with a single session with a career counselor who told her how much liberal arts majors make.
She also says she and Jon Voight have found a way to have a relationship thanks to the kids, but apparently they spend little time talking politics (Jon is Team Trump and Angelina is what I assume to be on Team “Don’t Give Me A Label”) and more speaking through a “common language” of art. If I had to tell my mom what I want for dinner through the language of Monets and Van Goghs, I think…I’d probably hit my goal weight, so maybe Angie is onto something!