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Angelina Jolie on Anderson Cooper 360

Angelina Jolie on Anderson Cooper 360

Angelina Jolie and CNN’s Anderson Cooper pose for a photo during the taping of an interview to air tomorrow, June 20, 2006 on CNN’s "Anderson Cooper 360." Angelina will give her first U.S. television interview since giving birth. She talks about baby Shiloh, Brad and her passion for refugee relief. Angelina tells Anderson, "Next, we’ll adopt… it’s going to be the balance of what would be the best for Mad and for Z right now." Angelina on being inspired by the people she helps in her role as UN Goodwill Ambassador "You think, ‘Jesus, the things these people go through,’ I owe it to all of them to get myself together and stop whining about being tired and get there and get focused because, God, it’s the least I can do with what they live with."  Bigger pictures in the gallery!

UPDATE :: Added Anderson Cooper‘s blog post regarding his interview with Angelina Jolie.  Check it out after the jump!

One-on-one with Angelina Jolie

By: Anderson Cooper

When Angelina Jolie came into the room, just four days after returning from Namibia, she was alone. No handlers, no entourage. True, elaborate precautions had been made to make sure no photographers followed her to the hotel where we met, but there she was, by herself, walking into the hotel suite, smiling, ready to talk.

There are a lot of ridiculous stories circling on the Internet, spread by alleged "insiders" who claim that CNN or its parent company Time Warner somehow paid for the chance to talk to Angelina. These anonymous "sources" claim that People Magazine and CNN had some kind of joint deal to secure rights to photos and the interview.

I have no idea what People Magazine did or did not pay for those photos of the Jolie-Pitt family. It’s been reported they paid as much as $4 million, which was donated to a variety of charities in Africa, but I have no way of knowing if that is true or not. What I do know is that CNN did not pay anything — directly or indirectly — to get Angelina Jolie to sit down for an interview.

So why did she do it? And why talk to me?

Both are valid questions. I’m sure there were plenty of news programs requesting interviews with Angelina Jolie. The truth is, mine wasn’t one of them. They called us. I was told that they were aware of my interest in Africa and knew that as a broadcast we have devoted a lot of time to reporting stories from the continent.

Tuesday is World Refugee Day. Angelina Jolie was interested in discussing the plight of refugees, so we sat down to talk about what she has seen and learned in refugee camps around the world. She had no movie to promote, no product she was pitching. In fact, I have no idea what her next movie is and we did not discuss any upcoming films. There were no ground rules. I was free to ask whatever I wanted.

A lot of celebrities have causes and show up to talk about them when cameras are around, but the truth is that Angelina Jolie knows what she is talking about when the subject is refugees. To use a cliche, she doesn’t just talk the talk, she walks the walk. She has traveled to some 20 countries over the years as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and she says she donates one-third of her income to charitable causes.

I’m not sure what I expected before I met her, but to say I was impressed would be an understatement. She is smart, funny, self-deprecating, and intensely passionate about her children and her work on behalf of refugees.

Tuesday night, you will hear Angelina Jolie talk about some of the experiences in refugee camps that have changed her life. Yes, you will also learn about Angelina’s family — Maddox and Zahara as well as Shiloh Nouvel — but the focus of the interview is the plight of refugees. During the two-hour program, we will take you to the frontlines of some of the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

It’s going to be an interesting broadcast, and I hope you watch.

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  1. 1
    sultrydame Says:

    First 3 comments – you and your nasty comments – you don’t know what you are talking about. She’s glowing and looks great after just giving a birth! I’m glad we have somebody like her in the world. Looking forward to see more of her and Shiloh!

  2. 2
    briseis Says:

    You haters are so funny! You are just waiting for Jared to post a Brad or Angelina thread, then you pounce on the comment section to make sure you put your vile comments in first. Sheesh, talk about not having a life!

  3. 3
    cookie Says:

    ha.ha.ha.the haters are here again,.they wont accept that aj is the most beautiful woman in the world.he.he.he.aj is so gorgeous and look her lips,mersmerizing unlike you know who.thin lips ages quickly.he.he.ask the experts.he.he.

  4. 4
    angelah Says:

    she looks stunning!!!!!! cannot wait for the interview =)

  5. 5
    Maria Says:

    Why Angie say she love privacity and she talks in interview over her chirldren?Yes, I see good she talk over her children if she is promote a film, or if she talks over her charity job, but …. I don’t know, but this sound a publicity, bad publicity, for me.

  6. 6
    Clara Says:

    I can’t wait for this interview. It will be very interesting to hear what Angelina has to say in this interview.

  7. 7
    CLINIQUA Says:

    Hahaha – the first 4 comments are all from the same hater girl Chin Maniston fan…YOU ARE PATHETIC. Sorry losers, Angie & her beautiful family wins. Just accept it. Watch Lifetime TV for Chin’s new series to begin in the summer of 08.

  8. 8
    carrie Says:

    not bad for a woman just give birth 3 weeks ago.

  9. 9
    Alexanderina Says:

    Thanks JJ for the new threads. I can’t wait to see the interview tomorrow

  10. 10
    KITTEN Says:

    I just wish when i am 50 years old that I could be that beautiful too. Because that a beautiful 50

  11. 11
    lookwhaticando Says:

    Can’t wait, Love ya Angie

  12. 12
    African Girl Says:

    #1 2 and 3.You guys are funny. Bored? Now, now why allow yourself to be bored? You do know it’s a reflection on the kind of person you are if you allow yourself to be bored….right?Thanks Jared.

  13. 13
    I wonder Says:

    what is on her ankle? Its so big.

  14. 14
    Beth Says:

    I hope for her health’s sake she takes it easy for at least the next three weeks. Gotta heal after having a baby.

  15. 15
    CLINIQUA Says:

    Excuse me "maria" #10 — Angie’s interview is part of an all day focus CNN is doing on ‘World Refugee Day.’ She IS the Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – and was honored this past year with a ‘Global Humanitarian’ award – get a clue, and read up a bit, before you accuse people of doing something solely for publicity. Word is the only strings were that she asked the questions about Brad, the baby or Namibia be kept at a minimum.In short – she’s doing HER JOB for the UN.One that means the world to her, as it’s how her children came into her and Brad’s life.Go rag on Maniston, who’s probably getting her hair bleached blonde and her nails done, instead of someone helping the less fortunate.

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    b4bitching Says:

    3 | Hahahahah Your mother must have look like 60-70 when you being born.

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    cookie Says:

    arrogant?thats intelligence my dear.she is beauty and brain combined,well aniston doesnt have any of them.i really pity her.look at aj,she just gave birth few weeks ago,but she looks stunning and breathtaking.brad is a very lucky guy.

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    ((chanel)) Says:

    she looks nice and pretty

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    Angiefanjsr Says:

    Angelina is the most beautiful person in the world!!!!Her lips are mesmerizing, give me some of it Angelina!!She’s gorgeous!!!!Go Angelina Jolie!! hot hothot hothot hothot

  20. 20
    the tempest Says:

    God, she is beautiful. Can’t wait to watch this interview.

  21. 21
    LAughing Says:

    Seems to me there is a lot of censorship on this thread !!!!

  22. 22
    me Says:

    the thing on her ankle seems to be a ankle braclet. an anklet. so you can stop wondering.

  23. 23
    virgo Says:

    I think she is wearing on her ankle the string of native bracelet that Brad had supposedly bought for her, Z and Mad, and him after she gave birth. The gold one i think is Brad’s Bday gift for her. i wonder how many grams of gold is that.

  24. 24
    julia Says:

    I think she is wearing on her ankle the string of native bracelet that Brad had supposedly bought for her, Z and Mad, and him after she gave birth. The gold one i think is Brad’s Bday gift for her. i wonder how many grams of gold is that.Thats so sweet. she probably never takes her ankle one off. : )

  25. 25
    briseis Says:

    # 22 | LAughing You said, "Seems to me there is a lot of censorship on this thread !!!!" That’s because Jared does not want his blog to deteriorate into something like perezhilton or femalefirst. He wants it clean, and it is his right, as it is HIS blog after all. So snarkey comments, if reported, can be deleted. It’s all up to Jared.

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