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Angelina Jolie Talks 'Blood & Honey,' Marriage

Angelina Jolie Talks 'Blood & Honey,' Marriage

Angelina Jolie grins as she speaks with journalist Christiane Amanpour in an interview airing during Good Morning America on Monday (December 5).

The 36-year-old actress spoke about directing her new film, In the Land of Blood & Honey, and spoke a bit about her personal life, too. Check it:

On going behind the camera: “[W]riting is the hardest because it feels the most exposed….When you’re an actress, you use somebody else’s words and you can always blame the director and the director can say the editor. But the writer is the one that kind of sits alone in the room and writes what they think is important, funny, historical, topical.”

On her kids asking whether she’ll marry Brad Pitt: “The kids asked me the other day and I asked them if it was just because they wanted to have a ‘big cake. They see movies that have the people getting married in the movies or somebody’s, you know, the happily ever after. Shrek and Fiona are married. We’ve explained to them that our commitment when we decided to start a family was the greatest commitment you could possibly have. Once you have six children, you’re…you’re committed.”

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Pictured inside: Angie dressed in a Stella McCartney suit and a David Yurman cable bracelet while carrying the Ralph Lauren Collection “Bedford” bag while out and about in NYC on Monday (December 5).

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  1. 51
    Wonderbust Says:

    @And the Oscar goes to:
    he also won it in 2007 AND 2009 but still lost the Oscars.

  2. 52
    juju Says:

    MMhmm @ 12/05/2011 at 10:29 am

    there is not greater commitment
    between 2 people than children
    they r for life
    marriages r not
    take the ex of brad nd ja
    who haven’t seen each other for almost 7 years
    nd wont have any kind of relationship ever again
    not matter what happen to brad nd angelina as a couple
    they r FOREVER in each other’s life
    brad’s grandchildren will be angelina’s grandchildren

  3. 53
    good interview Says:

    Cristiane and Angelina are very knowledgeable about the war.Angelina Jolie showing the haters how are articulate a person she is.

  4. 54
    juju Says:


  5. 55
    briseis Says:

    Wow, loves it! Love her! I am at work now but my trusty DVR is taping all of Angie’s interviews. I have to reiterate I am so proud of her, and I am just a fan. Can you imagine Brad, and his parents, feeling so proud of this brains and beauty????

  6. 56
    speaktruth Says:

    I mean, I kinda wish they’d get married too. I do find her refreshing though, which is odd and cool at the same time because she’s not a Hollywood newcomer. Her movie seems really interesting, and I think it’s safe to say it’ll bring up important issues that should be discussed more.

  7. 57
    Guidian Says:

    She is very pretty except her body shape, it just isn’t healthy for young girls to see someone who obviously has body image issues on the cover of magazines. There should be a regualtion to healthy body index for actresses as they have for run way models. Nothing against Angelina herself, I think she does wonderful things just think that while her children have chefs that cook for them, maybe she should eat what they eat? It doesn’t appear that Angelina is following a good diet…she’s aged considerably this past year:(

  8. 58
    Rose Says:

    @huh: If they are pathetic and lying, why are you here wasting their time commenting about their life, do you know them? Right now you are looking like the pathetic one.
    OMG fans are watching mass suicide by trolls, happy times.

  9. 59
    Passing Through Says:

    I just saw this story on the ABC News website that’s a recap of Angie’s interview and had to LMAO at her comment about going to dinner with people and they know not to bring up the death penalty as a convo piece because “nobody wants us to go off on each other…” She wouldn’t say who’s pro and who’s con, but that’s a no-brainer – Angie’s pro, Brad’s con. Brad so left wing that I’m surprised his God-fearing, regular church-going, heart of the Bible Belt, staunch Republican family hasn’t disowned him yet. LOL!
    Angelina Jolie on Choosing Bosnian Conflict for Her Directing Debut, Traveling With Six Kids and If Marriage Is in Her Future
    By LAUREN EFFRON (@LEffron831) and WONBO WOO
    Dec. 5, 2011
    In her first foray into writing and directing, Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie chose to shine a spotlight on a country that has been stricken by years of genocide and incredible violence.
    Jolie’s film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” due out in theatres on Dec. 23, tells the story of the Bosnian conflict from both sides of the racial divide, and how the Bosnian people were changed forever after their homeland was ripped apart by war in the 1990s.
    “I was thinking and meditating on these international themes of violence against women, lack of intervention, and how human beings are changed and warped by war, and how some people come out stronger and some people are truly broken,” Jolie told “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour, who covered the Bosnian conflict in the 1990′s. “There’s no safe way to tackle these subject matters, but I think the important thing is to discuss them and tackle them.”
    As a Goodwill ambassador to the United Nations and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Jolie has traveled many times to some of the world’s most war-torn and impoverished countries. She said she didn’t intentionally choose Bosnia for the setting of her debut film, but said the more she researched the Bosnian conflict, the more she was taken by it.
    “This is our generation’s war. … this was, you know, the worst genocide since World War II in Europe,” she said. “It was– ‘what were we all doing?’ And ‘did we do enough’ and ‘why do we not speak about this enough’ and ‘why I don’t know enough about this?’ And so I wanted to learn. I felt a responsibility to learn.”
    The actress said it felt “bizarre” to play the role of the writer and the director, but added that it was “great not to be in front of the camera.” Jolie said “writing is the hardest because it feels the most exposed.”
    “When you’re an actress, you use somebody else’s words and you can always blame the director and the director can say the editor,” she said. “But the writer is the one that kind of sits alone in the room and writes what they think is important, funny, historical, topical.”
    The entire cast of “In the Land of Blood and Honey” is made up of locals from the region because this was “their story,” Jolie said. The actress added that she even kept her name a secret when they first sent the script to the cast, because she said she wanted an honest reaction from the people who had lived through the war.
    “If we sent this script out and actors read it and said ‘this is irresponsible’ or ‘this is inappropriate,’ then I wouldn’t have done it,” Jolie said. “I would have shelved and burnt it.”
    Actresses Zana Marjanovic and Vanessa Glodjo, who star in the film, told Amanpour they were touched by Jolie’s script when they read it, which they said didn’t soften the conflict as other films have.
    “When I read the script, it was — I had knives in my chest, in my stomach,” Glodjo said. “And I said, ‘My God. What is this? What is this really? It’s so strong.’”
    Both actresses said they hope “In the Land of Blood and Honey” reminds people of what their country went through during the Bosnian conflict.
    “Our fear is that people won’t know what happened and being ignorant about what happened leaves a chance that it may happen again,” she said. “Hopefully, if it changes or opens up the view of one person, we did a great thing.”
    While she said she isn’t expecting the film to be a box office hit, Jolie believes it was an important project to take on.
    “We did it because we felt this is a war that isn’t talked about enough,” Jolie said. “I know it’s a hard film to sit through, but it’s two hours to sit through something that’s very hard, and these people lived through it for many, many years, and it was many, many times worse than any reenactment could possibly be. And I feel like it’s a gift and a duty to sit through two hours of what they lived through.”
    The star has garnered international fame for launching several revitalization projects in struggling countries, and famously adopting children from those regions, which she and actor Brad Pitt raise and homeschool together.
    The six children of the Jolie-Pitt household make up their own mini-United Nations of sorts. Aside from Pitt and Jolie’s biological children, 3-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, the family includes Maddox, 10, from Cambodia, Pax, 8, from Vietnam, Zahara, 6, from Ethiopia and Shiloh, 5, from Nambia.
    “I look at them and think what their birth parents must have gone through, what their birth grandparents would have done through, and so I feel connected to it,” Jolie said. “It’s a gift when you adopt a child from another country. This whole country enters your home.”
    Jolie and Pitt are often seen with their kids in tow. The star said the whole family travels together, wherever they go, and the kids are even always on location with them.
    “It’s so hard with family in this business so we take turns working, so whenever one of us works, the other makes sure they’re there for the kids so we never have to split up the family,” Jolie said. “If it’s over five days, everybody’s got to move in a big traveling mass.”
    Despite their megawatt stardom, Jolie said she and Pitt try to keep things “normal” and even have date nights together. Just like other couples, the actress admitted they have their differences in opinion, especially when it comes to politics. For one, Jolie said she and Pitt differ on the death penalty.
    “I won’t say whose side anyone is on, but it’s the one, the thing nobody brings up at dinner because nobody wants us to go off on each other,” she said. “But it’s fun. It’s a fun debate, you know? It’s a good– you want to be able to have — to respect each other’s views and to not be exactly– we’re not identical. We have– we have strong views.”

    However, when asked if there were wedding bells in the future for her and Pitt, Jolie delicately dodged the question.
    “The kids asked me the other day and I asked them if it was just because they wanted to have a ‘big cake,’” she said, laughing. “They see movies that have the people getting married in the movies or somebody’s, you know, the happily ever after. Shrek and Fiona are married.”
    “We’ve explained to them that our commitment when we decided to start a family was the greatest commitment you could possibly have. Once you have six children, you’re…you’re committed.”
    Jolie has starred in more than 30 films, earning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1999 film, “Girl, Interrupted.” However, she said motherhood has changed her whole attitude about her career.
    “I don’t feel needed in a position of being an actor. I feel like I’m needed at home as a mom, and I’m hoping that I’ll find other things,” Jolie said. “I’d love to be able to write or direct or work on and produce more projects about issues dealing with situations that I feel passionate about.”

  10. 60
    ? Says:

    are Brad’s parents really at Anderson Cooper’s show?

  11. 61
    Passing Through Says:

    # 46 Troll @ 12/05/2011 at 10:27 am
    Gee…a ringing endorsement from a troll. My day is made, so I guess I can go back to bed now…

  12. 62
    Passing Through Says:

    # 47 And the Oscar goes to @ 12/05/2011 at 10:28 am
    This is probably going to come as a shock to you, so I’ll be gentle – Film critics are not members of AMPAS an therefore they don’t vote for the Academy Awards. That’s a great big “DUH!,” moron…

  13. 63
    juju Says:

    Guidian @ 12/05/2011 at 10:42 am
    stop w/ passive agressive crap
    angelina has no body image issues
    that’s ur jealous envy fat b i t c h e s problem

  14. 64
    QQQQ Says:

    His parents were at the Tina Brown event this morning, not sure about AC.

  15. 65
    good interview Says:

    @Guidian: Some people are slim.Not everyone can be the size the public want you to be.Sometimes it is hard to gain weight.Most people find it hard lose the weight.Depends on your metabolism.

  16. 66
    Wonderbust Says:

    @Passing Through: fact i just did a search of the critics awards that Sandra B won and she hardly won any..Clooney always wins alot of critics awards he did in 2007 and im not worried now..

  17. 67
    someone Says:

    @Ex Jen Fan: How old are you??? You sound like your 10yrs old..grow up

  18. 68
    Passing Through Says:

    # 61 ? @ 12/05/2011 at 10:45 am
    I don’t know if you’re a troll…but here’s the photo of the Tina Brown event. I’m sure someone will have a snitfit about me not giving credit to whoever first found the photo, but I have no idea who that was, so build a bridge and get over it…

  19. 69
    Love B&A Says:

    Great picture of Angie, Jane & Bill in NYC.

  20. 70
    WBPfan Says:

    Thanks to all the fans for the Angie news so far today and that to come! From Howard Kurtz’s twiter this am:
    HowardKurtz HowardKurtz
    At Tina Brown’s, Kati Marton says her late husband Richard Holbrooke would have loved Jolie’s new Bosnia film. Angie loved sparring w him
    1 hour ago

  21. 71
    WBPfan Says:

    Love B&A, many thanks for that pix!!!! Its perfection!!!

  22. 72
    Passing Through Says:

    # 67 Wonderbust @ 12/05/2011 at 10:57 am
    You know I can’t stand Porgie, but I don’t have a problem with him winning the Best Actor Oscar because while I think Brad wants to win…I know it ain’t the be-all and end-all of his LIFE. Porgie’s desperate to have something to lord over Brad because the Oscars is the only area where he has a chance of beating Brad at something. Porgie’s never even won a Golden Globe and got passed over by the Indie Spirit nomination folks, so let him have his little stinky Oscar. At the end of the day – that’s ALL he’s got. If Porgie loses he goes gets mad, fires his go, goes to Lake Como and broods about it for a while, hires another ho and gets back on the horse. Rinse and repeat. If Brad loses he’s got his Angie, his kids, his parents, siblings and extended family and life goes on just like it did before the nomination – stalker included. So if Porgie wins, then good on him. He can give the Oscar to his next ho and ask her to rig up so he can self-asphyxiate when she’s not around to do it for him. Give it a few years – Porgie’ll be the next Michael Hutchence or David Carradine.

  23. 73
    Rose Says:

    Fans, if you want to see a couple of fabulous pictures of Jane and Bill with fabulous Angie, go to JJB, page 893. OMG, OMG, the trolls will die right now. Happy times.

  24. 74
    Passing Through Says:

    # 70 Love B&A @ 12/05/2011 at 11:04 am
    …and here come the hens…”Jane’s just being polite! She still loves Jen best!”

  25. 75
    elizabeth Says:

    @Love B&A:

    Nice pic of them thank you for sharing.
    Im here seating for GM for Angie’s interview. Ive been up early.
    I hope everybody ready to support Angie. I know its holiday and everybody busy but lets all support her

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