E ONLINE! INTERVIEWS
Copyright 2001 www.eonline.com
[ June 13th 2001 ]
might think Angelina Jolie was born to play curvaceous
videogame siren Lara Croft, but the Oscar-winning
actress wouldn't agree with you. Jolie says she
didn't know anything about being sexy until she
met her husband, Billy Bob Thornton. Now she feels
like a natural woman, and then some. Jolie celebrated
a birthday June 4, and so far, 26 is looking like
a good year. She has two major films coming out
this summer--Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Original
Sin--and her marriage to Thornton just keeps getting
better. Here, Jolie talks about blood bonding
with Billy Bob, why she needed a little support
to play Ms. Croft--and her astonishment at finally
feeling settled in her life.
: "What did you know about Lara Croft before taking
the role ?"
Jolie: "Jonny [Lee Miller], my first husband,
used to play the videogame. I tried, but I'd get
frustrated. I could never get her over the wall,
so I would just throw things. I was aware of it,
and I knew all the campy jokes, all the shots
that people would take at her. I'd say, "Oh, that's
ridiculous. How is she possibly jumping with that
: "Her breasts are the stuff of legends. How did
it feel stepping into her bra ?"
Jolie: "It's amazing how fascinated people are
with breasts. She's Lara Croft, you know what
I mean? Batman has his shit. It's part of her
character. I'll make it real simple: I'm a 36C.
In the game, she's a 36DD. In the movie, she's
a 36D. "So, we split the difference and made her
more athletic. My waist is much bigger than hers.
She's, like, a 24, and I'm a 28. Her hips are
very curvaceous; mine are more boyish. So, with
me playing her, she's much more athletic and has
: "I doubt anyone will complain."
Jolie: "Padded bras work wonders..."
: "After playing more intense characters in movies
such as Girl, Interrupted and Gia, was it fun
playing an action hero ?"
Jolie: "Actually, it was one of the most difficult
films I've ever done. Sometimes it's easier to
put a lot of layers on and be crazy, be dark.
It's hard to step up front and center and have
a really clean presence and let little moments
tell an entire personality"
: "Were there people telling you not to take the
Jolie: "Everybody did! There's this idea that
if you're an Oscar winner, you should take yourself
seriously. And that's stupid. You should do what
you feel like doing. Nobody should ever take themselves
: "What did Billy Bob think about his wife playing
Lara Croft ?"
Jolie: "He thought it was great having [his] wife
stronger and trying things and feeling kind of
wild. But that's always how we are. "
: "So, he has no problem with you being this huge
sex symbol now ?"
Jolie: "It's funny. I'm very much a normal person.
I have good days and bad days. I'm awkward; I'm
very human; there's nothing special or different
about me. But somehow, they've decided that I'm
the one--this big sex symbol. You can't take it
: "How, then, does a normal, awkward, human girl
play a part like this ?"
Jolie: "You know, I feel sexier than I've ever
felt in my life, because I'm free, and I'm in
love, and I'm sexually satisfied. I didn't really
understand what sexy was a few years ago. Now
Billy has really helped me discover what it really
is to feel like a woman."
: "Could you have played Lara if you hadn't met
Jolie: "Absolutely not. I wouldn't have had the
confidence. It takes a lot of confidence to be
this character. I'd be the first person to jump
into a dangerous situation to try something, but
it took Billy to make me feel very alive and very
: "Your next movie, Original Sin, has several
steamy love scenes with Antonio Banderas. Was
that another Billy-inspired film ?"
Jolie: "Original Sin happened when Billy and I
were finally coming together. That movie is very
much about balancing your dark side and your light
side and finding somebody to love you for who
you are. It's all about love and desperation and
passion. So, parts of it were my life and the
very end, finding that love, was very much me."
: "You recently said that if Billy were a woman,
you'd be a lesbian."
Jolie: "No matter what package Billy came in,
he'd be Billy, and I'd love him. I got real lucky.
He's the sexiest man I've ever seen in my life.
He's physically everything I desire, which is
kind of amazing, because he's the soul I'm in
: "What is it about him that floats your boat
Jolie: "There's something about his body, his
skin. When I first met him, I really did walk
into a wall. He was just so breathtaking and charming,
and he's a really good person. I was just so happy
somebody like him existed. You don't have that
feeling often in life when you say, "Thank you,
: "And now you wear his blood around your neck
in an amulet. How did you guys come up with that
Jolie: "Like a lot of couples, you always talk
about how much in love with each other you are,
and you can't think of enough ways to devour each
other and take each other. And blood is your life.
"So many times, I have just wanted to drink every
part of him. So, we had written things in blood
on the walls over our bed, and at Christmastime,
I had bought these amulets that were supposed
to be for pressed flowers. We just cut our fingers
and gave some to each other, and we've worn them
ever since. "
: "You said you didn't like your last action movie,
Gone in Sixty Seconds--but then, you didn't expect
to like it. Did you expect to dislike Tomb Raider
as well ?"
Jolie: "I didn't know what to expect with this
one. I knew there'd probably be things I'd be
embarrassed by. We tried a lot of things, and
I figured some of them wouldn't work or would
be over the top. I just saw it last night, and
it was hard to watch. It was just me to me, you
know? "Sometimes I play characters who are nothing
like me, and here it was just me laughing and
fighting and jumping around. So, it's hard to
say how I feel. But I'm usually a harsh judge,
and I didn't hate it. "
: "Lara is tempted to mess with time so she can
undo a past mistake. Any mistakes you'd like to
Jolie: "Not a thing. If you ever regret something,
then you'll start to hesitate in life, thinking,
If I do this, I'll regret it. You can't ever regret.
You can't do anything about it. You can't plan
your future out because you want to make safe
choices so you'll never worry about regret. "The
only thing I can think of is maybe telling people
you love them more, but I've always done that.
I haven't wasted time. I've never not been me,
and I've never lied to anybody or hurt anybody
really or been dishonest about my intentions.
: "Did winning an Oscar change your life ?"
Jolie: "There was so much change in my life at
that time. The Oscar is one of those things that
means studios will be more comfortable hiring
me. People think of you less as a wild card. You
think, Okay, maybe I'll get another job. You always
have that insecurity as an actor."
: "What do you remember most about that night
Jolie: "I remember all I wanted to do was go find
Billy. And that's what that night was about. It
was the only weekend I had in L.A. He was at the
Sunset Marquis with his kids. I went to see him,
and they were asleep, and he came out for five
minutes outside the room. He was in his pajamas,
and I was in my dress, and we just sat and talked
about everything except the Oscar. "My whole life
was about the fact that I'd fallen in love, so
anything could have happened that night at that
awards ceremony, and I would have been happy."
: "You've been working ever since you were married
last May. Do you ever aspire to be a homebody
Jolie: "We do want to spend more time at home.
But part of it is always going to be funny. We
both just always figured we'd be alone, that we
weren't the kind of people who could have a home.
So, it's like we're two aliens discovering what
it is to be in a kitchen and what an apron or
a spatula is. "These things become bizarre to
you because you're happy as a couple, and it's
just great to be real people. I never expected
to have a life. I never thought I'd be at all
grounded or settled. And I have a lot of warmth
and love in my life right now."