Copyright 2001 www.msnbc.com
[ June 9th 2001 ]
Croft, Tomb Raider's babe-in-boyland is poised
to become this summer's number one action hero
in hot pants. But the push-up bra, powerful legs,
and pouty lips belie something quite unexpected.
her bullet-proof onscreen persona, we found 26-year-old
Angelina Jolie to be both incredibly vulnerable
and decidedly real. "I'm a very open person,"
says Jolie. "I love sex, [Iím] a very sexual person.
I... love my husband and we have great sex and
Iím very hungry for life." It's that hunger that
is captivating movie audiences. Her gripping portrayals
of a drug-addicted model in Gia, a hard-nosed
cop in The Bone Collector, and a tortured, psychotic
teen in Girl Interrupted have won her respect
and recognition. Her honors include three Golden
Globe Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award and
just last year, a best supporting actress Oscar
for her performance in Girl Interrupted.
all these accomplishments, for many itís the image
of her kissing her brother at the Academy Awards
for which sheís often remembered and taunted.
"Doesnít it bother you when you hear the lingering
questions, the lingering gossip about you and
your brother after last yearís Oscars?"
Jolie: "Yes. Because itís affected my relationship
with my brother and I donít think thereís a person
out there that actually believes I slept with
my brother. Thereís not one person that really
thinks thatís true. "So it makes me confused and
angry with the press because they think itís much
more important to write shocking stupid stories
and ignore something beautiful that actually happened.They
could have put focus on the fact that kids that
are from divorced families sometimes are extremely
close. You know their interpretation of it is
from their own sick thoughts."
itís Jolieís frank remarks about her past that
have fueled this kind of talk. She has openly
admitted to bisexuality, a fascination for S &
M and even a curious fondness for knives. Jolie
offered this insight into what she calls her darker
Jolie: "I always felt a little strange and different
and I wasnít laughing very much in my life about
anything and kind of always would see people with
kids or married or in love and thought, Ďthat's
great, but thatís not my life. "And I wish I could
have that, but Iím never going to have that because
Iím all over the place and Iím never going to
be calm or stable or normal or safe. The truth
is I love being alive. And I love feeling free.
So if I canít have those things then I feel like
a caged animal and Iíd rather not be in a cage.
Iíd rather be dead. And itís real simple. And
I think itís not that uncommon."
has never been about playing it safe something
that others have often misunderstood.
"You have said that, for example, youíre very
open about your sexuality. Youíve talked about
"People have confused that. People have thought
that you were promiscuous."
Jolie: "Well, but Iíve been also extremely honest
that Iíve only slept with four people in my life.
Thatís like everybody knows that. So how they
think thatís promiscuous. Iíve been married twice,
you know, but half the people Iíve slept with
in my life I was married to."
June 4, 1975, to actors Jon Voight and Marcheline
Bertrand, her parents divorced when she was just
one. She grew up apart from her father, living
with her mom and brother, James, in New York.
At five, Jolie made her screen debut playing opposite
her dad. She married British actor Johnny Lee
Miller in 1996, but they were separated a year
later and then divorced. Then, in 1999, she portrayed
the wife of an air traffic controller played by
actor Billy Bob Thornton, in the film Pushing
Tin. According to Jolie, the attraction was immediate
and intense. And though Thornton is 20 years older,
the couple eloped to Las Vegas last year. And,
she says, he rescued her.
"You have once said that having Billy Bob in your
life has made you for the first time in your life
feel safe and happy. And while that speaks of
enormous joy it also speaks of enormous sadness
pain. For the first time."
"For the first time safe and happy ?"
Jolie: "Yes. For the first time Iíve been happy."
"Why werenít you safe and happy before ?"
Jolie: "I donít know. Because if I didnít have
my work, if I hadnít met Billy, I absolutely would
not be here today."
"In what way? You mean not alive? Or not in this
job, in this work?"
Jolie: "The truth is I love being alive. And I
love feeling free. So if I canít have those things
then I feel like a caged animal and Iíd rather
not be in a cage. Iíd rather be dead. And itís
real simple. And I think itís not that uncommon."
"When you talk about your husband, you have a
few small tears in your eyes."
Jolie: "Iím very grateful."
"To have found him ?"
Jolie: "Yes." From the moment the two were linked,
they have been a favorite target of the tabloids
and entertainment press. In part, because they
are so candid about many of the personal details
of their relationship.
"Youíve described some things that you and Billy
have done to show each other how much you love
each other. You wear a vial containing his blood
four drops of his blood."
Jolie: "Yes, I donít know if itís four. I did
it twice. I have a vial in my room."
"Let me see. What this is, is basically..."
Jolie: "We have a thing about people touching
"O.K., I wonít touch it. I wonít touch it. And
why do you wear this ?"
Jolie: "Because itís my husbandís blood."
"Which says to you what ? Which means what to
Jolie: "Which is beautiful to me, you know ? Some
people like diamonds around their necks or things
like that. I think thatís beautiful. And it makes
me itís his life."
"You also have tattoos saying Billy Bob on you.
How many ?"
Jolie: "I have his name twice. Because one is
in a very private place."
"But why is one of your things tattooing ?"
Jolie: "I donít buy jewelry."
"So what Iím hearing, woman-to-woman, O.K. Iím
thinking, a tattoo on my private parts, thatís
going to hurt ?"
Jolie: "No, it feels strangely kind of good."
"Does it feel what? It felt good ?"
"It did ? Very strange. Are you kidding ?"
Jolie: "Can I say this on this show ?"
"I donít know, itís up to you."
Jolie: "No, itís, you know, you get a tattoo,
itís exactly this kind of buzz that often makes
Jolie the brunt of Hollywood gossip, she says
she canít imagine being anything less than completely
honest about her life.
Jolie: "Iím not trying to shock people. Iím not
trying to say things that will offend people.
I think us saying how much we love each other
is our way of saying weíll also share maybe not
the ugly things or the crazy dark things. But
weíll also tell you, yes weíve learned that itís
a great thing to have a friend in this world,
and a best friend. And to love each other like
you buy into her notion of happiness or not, thereís
no denying her dedication to her craft. For Tomb
Raider, Jolie insisted upon doing many of her
own stunts, even the dangerous ones.
Jolie: "I used to go back home, so tired and so
emotional. I would cry in the bathtub so many
nights in rehearsal for this film and think, Iím
so clumsy and stupid and theyíve cast the wrong
Jolie play Lara Croft, the computer-game epitome
of brains, beauty and brawn, itís hard to imagine
that she was anything less than perfect for the
role. During the filming, Jolie also rediscovered
a closeness with her father, actor Jon Voight.
In a case of art-imitating-life, Voight plays
a father who reconnects with his daughter after
"In a movie with your father for the first time
since you were five, where you say Ďthe time was
stolen from us and itís not fair. I miss you.
I miss you too.í I mean this has got to have been
so meaningful for you."
Jolie: "It was. Jon and I could not stop crying.
Weíd have to stop takes. Weíd walk to other sides.
We didnít talk in between takes. We met in that
tent and weíd walk away and meet in the tent until
the scene was completely over. Then we kind of
hugged each other."
Angelina Jolie seems to be emerging from what
she calls the ďdarknessĒ in her life. Earlier
this year, she traveled to Africa to work with
U.N relief agencies, dispensing food and clothing
to refugees. And she seems to have embraced a
new, more hopeful direction.
Jolie: "Love one person, take care of them until
you die. You know raise kids. Have a good life.
Be a good friend. And try to be completely who
you are. And figure out what you personally love.
And like go after it with everything youíve got
no matter how much it takes."