Angelina Jolie is one of the most instantly recognizable actresses and has been one of the biggest stars in the industry. Apart from her work as an actress, she has also dabbled in producing and directing
Jolie has been in the industry for the past three decades as an actress and filmmaker and spent even more time in the industry when she was a child. In a roundtable interview, the Mr. and Mrs. Smith actress revealed that her experience has made her realize how no one is special in the industry.
Angelina Jolie’s Rise To Stardom
With her appearances in high-profile films such as Girl, Interrupted, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and Maleficient, actress Angelina Jolie has become one of the most renowned actresses in the world. Coupled with her highly publicized personal life, especially her relationship with Brad Pitt, and her charitable works, Jolie has stayed relevant in the eyes of the people for the past three decades.
Angelina Jolie started her career as a model and also featured in music videos of prominent artists such as Lenny Kravitz and Meat Loaf. She had her breakthrough in the studio film Hackers, where her performance was considered to stand out from the rest of the ensemble cast.
Jolie gave one of her career-best performances in the biographical drama Gia, where she played supermodel Gia Carangi, for which she won the Golden Globe again. After starring in successful films such as Playing By Heart and the Denzel Washington starrer The Bone Collector, Angelina Jolie gave another amazing performance in James Mangold’s Girl, Interrupted.
Jolie has since starred in a number of films, blockbusters, and dramatic films alike, and has fared well in all of them. She made her MCU debut with Eternals. She has also ventured into directing with the films In the Land of Blood and Honey, Unbroken, and First They Killed My Father.
Angelina Jolie Finds Most People In Hollywood Average
With over three decades in the industry, as well as being exposed to it during her childhood as she was the daughter of Mission Impossible actor Jon Voight, Angelina Jolie has seen it all. The actor-director has been public about her controversial life, which was reportedly filled with drugs, rehabilitation, an estranged father, and a highly publicized marriage and divorce.
During a director’s round table interview hosted by The Hollywood Reporter, Angelina Jolie mentioned that she was rarely surprised by anyone in the industry when asked who was the most surprising personality she had come across. She was joined by directors Guillermo Del Toro, Greta Gerwig, Patty Jenkins, Dennis Villeneuve, and Joe Wright.
Reporter Stephen Galloway asked her who among her heroes had surprised her or were different than she expected, to which she answered,
“Maybe because I grew up in this business a little bit with my father, I early on realized how average everybody is in this business. I grew up thinking there’s nothing unbelievably special or unbelievably different about these people except that sometimes they think they are unbelievably special. So, I think it’s just whether you’re pleasantly surprised that they are just great people.”
The actress also mentioned three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis and complimented him on how he was a great person. She spoke about how she just sees artists as people and even if there were complex artists, their work was still interesting. She said,
“I don’t know if it’s a coincidence that some people who come across a certain way or make films with a lot of humanity are people with a lot of humanity. Then there are really complex artists that may be complex people but their work is really interesting. I think I just kind of see it all kind of for what it is. I’m happy to be able to be a part of it but…I just see everybody at this table as like moms, dads, people, women, [and] men.”
Jolie was on the table that year due to her directorial First They Killed My Father, which was a Cambodian-American film focusing on the Khmer Rouge period.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter