The actress talks about social projects, parenting and the pleasure of making action movies. Among his plans is the sequel to “Salt” – and the biography of Cleopatra
While four of her six kids are having fun in the Mexican heat, playing in the pool at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Cancun, actress Angelina Jolie faces the excessive air-conditioning in the ballroom with a discreet, dark sleeveless dress and with length at knee height. There is a round table with the international press, of which ÉPOCA was part. Sleek, incredibly beautiful and less slim than she looks in the photos, Angelina, 35, politely and patiently answers questions about her new job, Salt , and does not shy away from more personal questions such as her involvement in humanitarian causes, her marriage with star Brad Pitt and the day to day of Hollywood’s most famous family.
INTERVIEW – ANGELINA JOLIE
Who is the actress of 35 years is married to star Brad Pitt, who has six children, three adopted (Maddox, Zahara and Pax) and three biological (Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005), A Mighty Heart (2007)
Best Supporting Actress Award for Girl, Interrupted (1999) and Best Actress Award nomination for The Exchange (2008)
EPOCA – Tom Cruise was going to play Agent Salt in the original project. Was there a lot of change with your input, other than the character’s gender?
Angelina Jolie – Yes, a lot has been changed. In the original, one of the fundamental surprises of the plot was that the agent could say “I love you” to his wife, to really love her. And they had a son. That would not work in the female version, because being loving would be no surprise to a woman. And no woman in her position would have a child.
EPOCA – The film hardly explores its feminine attributes. Was it intentional?
Angelina – It was a personal choice. I did not find it necessary, the movie is not about that. And it’s one of the reasons why I love the way I was incorporated into the project. We discussed whether we were running at least one sequence in which I would appear more sensual. In the end, we decided not to. We thought Salt would be cooler and harder if it was a crude, somewhat problematic character. And that to me is sexy, to be hard-core.
EPOCA – Salt seems to be his most complex action character.
Angelina – Yes. In general, in this type of film people lean only on the action, but Salt has a very good script, great characters. She is a wonderful, complex character. It worked, and it was a pleasure.
EPOCA – The movie has a totally open ending. Do you think about the continuation?
Angelina: A lot depends on the audience response. If people respond well to character and movie. I’d love to star in the sequel.
EPOCA – Did your children see so many changes in the color of your hair? Angelina – It’s still strange for them to see their mother in a movie trailer, or on the poster ( laughs ). They think I’m funny. They are surprised that I can do anything ( laughs ).
EPOCA – But do they know that the mother is an actress?
Angelina – The older ones, yes. They visited the set several times, they saw me blond, and Shiloh was amused because I had the same color of her hair. Then I darkened my hair, and Zahara loved it because it was closer to her hair. I then had a short haircut, and Shiloh loved it because I looked like a boy.
EPOCA – What was the reaction when they saw you as a man?
Angelina – I was rehearsing in a hotel when they first applied the men’s makeup. I asked to get Maddox. He’s the oldest, and I thought I’d handle it. They told him that there was an Army officer in the room that I wanted him to meet. When he entered the room, all bored, I did not open my mouth. He shook my hand without recognizing me, and then I said, “Honey, it’s me.” He shouted, “Mother! Take off that mask! “( Laughs ). He was scared.
EPOCA – Your character is not afraid of anything. Are you like this too?
Angelina – Sometimes I’m a little too fearless, even stupid, and I have some scars to prove. I’m addicted to adrenaline. I love jumping from one thing to another and I do not feel very scared when these scenes come. My biggest fear is something to happen to the people I love. It makes me sleepy. When it comes to my safety, I’m not very smart.
EPOCA – Your motorcycle scenes are good. Have you learned from Brad Pitt?
Angelina – I had a motorcycle before I met him. But he had not been for a long time. Brad helped me get back on a motorcycle. He is a great instructor, he has a lot of patience ( laughs ). That’s good, because I’m impatient, I can detonate a bike easily ( laughs ). I did half the scenes, in others we used stuntmen.
EPOCA – Do you intend to live Cleopatra?
Angelina: Yeah. When they introduced me to the idea, I watched previous versions and could not see a way to redo it, do something bigger or more extraordinary. Hence I read the story of Cleopatra. She was not so handsome, she had more intellect. There is a lot about her and about her life that was never told. Someone needs to tell the right story.
“When you really know each other, it’s time to find someone who also knows yourself”
EPOCA – How are your humanitarian projects going?
Angelina – I just came back from Ecuador and Haiti. In Ecuador, the focus has been on the situation of the Colombian refugees, who have been living for four decades, the problems of women in the camps. The UNHCR ( Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ) has done a great job of registering more than 50,000 refugees. In Haiti, I met with judges, ministers and the president, with the US government, to discuss the feasibility of their projects. I believe they have a future. In the coming months, we will seek support so that they can apply laws that already exist but have not been used.
EPOCA – You seem to be a particular woman. What do you want now?
Angelina – I just want to continue to create a solid family, in which everyone is healthy and safe. Everything that comes from that is fine.
EPOCA – How do you and Brad Pitt maintain the privacy of the couple with six children?
Angelina – We organize and mark things just for us. We tell them that Mom and Dad are going out together and that’s okay, because they know that we love each other and love to be together, to have our moments. In general, they laugh at our faces ( laughs ).
EPOCA – Do you want to have more children?
Angelina – It depends on how each one feels at home, if each one is getting the special attention it deserves, if there is room for one more child. We’ll only think about it when the time comes.
EPOCA – What advice would you give to a woman seeking a happy marriage?
Angelina – I’m not very good at relationships! ( laughs ) But I believe that if you’re who you really are and you live your life honestly, when you meet a guy, you’re not pretending. A lot of people make this mistake, they have a mistaken notion of who they are, so they can not have a completely honest relationship. When you get to know yourself, it’s time to find someone who knows you too.
EPOCA – Do you know yourself completely?
Angelina – Yes, the best possible at this stage of my life. When I’m 60, I’ll probably get to know myself even better ( laughs ). But, yes, I know myself, I know what I value, what matters to me, what I am good at. If I’m not satisfied with something, I work to improve it. I try to become a better person when I do not feel patient or strong enough.
EPOCA – Do you believe in the eternal love between a man and a woman?
Angelina – Definitely!