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Angelina Jolie Says Battling Chickenpox Was 'So Absurd'

Angelina Jolie Says Battling Chickenpox Was 'So Absurd'

Angelina Jolie opens up about battling chickenpox during an appearance on Today on Friday (January 2)!

It was so absurd,” the 39-year-old actress and director shared. “What was even stranger, during the day before, I was doing interviews and I was like, ‘what is happening?!’” Watch the video below!

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She added, “It was really fun that my kids took the mantle. They took it very seriously when I said, ‘You’ve got to represent mom. You gotta do this for me. You gotta do this for Louie [Zamperini].’”

Angelina Jolie – ‘Today’ Interview

FYI: Angelina is wearing an Everlane cashmere crew sweater.

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  • JPFamily

    These tweets really say it all

    Kan ‏@kank101 7 mins

    The word of mouth recommendations to see Angelina Jolie’s #Unbroken further prove the self professed “critics” don’t understand gr8 cinema!

    Sacha ‏@sachalarocque 1m

    Saw the movie “Unbroken” yesterday. It was one of the most sad, most captivating movies I’ve seen in a while. Good job Angelina Jolie.

  • busted

    Glad she is back

  • Myskina

    She’s so fake

  • JPFamily

    Fabulous interview, and thrilled to see Angie so happy about the success of her wonderful movie, and she is glowing!

    Full interview with Today on Youtube

  • JPFamily

    Almost unbelievable: Angelina Jolie and the making of Unbroken

    Michael Bodey

    YOU will be reassured to know Angelina Jolie has to interview and pitch for jobs too. The actress turned director was “desperate” to bring the life of Olympic athlete, World War II veteran and prisoner of war Louie Zamperini to the screen.

    As Jolie read Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand’s bestselling book about Zamperini’s life, she realised she had to do the film, but “not merely as a director’’.

    “I wanted to walk in this man’s footsteps,” she tells Review. “I knew it would make me a better person, I knew it would change my life and my family’s life.

    “I needed to believe, for all the darkness and all the things I’d seen over the last decade — so much horror in the world — I needed something inspirational. I needed to be reminded of the strength of the human spirit.”

    But first she had to land the job. And Jolie, who has an Oscar (for Girl, Interrupted in 1999) and a list of notable acting credits as long as her tattooed arm, was a neophyte director with only one film, the 2011 war drama In the Land of Blood and Honey, behind her.

    And, she adds with a laugh, that film “was one where they would not give me this job”. Indeed, Jolie had written the film, a romance set in the war-torn 1990s Bosnia, with no intention of directing it until her husband Brad Pitt suggested she try.

    Despite a wan critical reception, In the Land of Blood and Honey impressed Universal chairwoman Donna Langley, who had worked with Jolie on films including The Good Shepherd and Wanted.

    Nevertheless, there was no easy path to securing the director’s chair on Unbroken. Jolie remembers her big pitch for the job, arriving with garbage bags full of “boards and graphs and maps and all these things I’d worked out”.

    “I pitched my little butt off and I didn’t hear anything for three days,” she says. “I was in a state. Poor Brad had to live with me while I was in an absolute mess. I was so desperate to be close to this man and his story.”

    As it turned out, the meeting, and the sight of a struggling director dragging in her own garbage bags, impressed Langley enough to give her the nod.

    Even so, the film’s broad sweep through Zamperini’s life, from growing up in an immigrant Italian family through his running career and into war, has enough angles to test the most experienced director. She may have had the job but Jolie had to convince the studio she could stage a plane crash, a battle scene, an Olympic race, scenes of torture at a prisoner-of-war camp and all the rest.

    “I had to go in with such confidence, I knew exactly how I was going to handle it and it was going to be absolutely fine,” she says. “But of course I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it; I just knew I had to do it.”

    Before production, the questions rained down. The studio had to approve the budget. Could it afford the required visual effects? Would she stage two plane crashes or just one? And would the studio go with a relatively unknown cast?

    “To their credit they did,” Jolie says of the last question. “And to the credit of the actors whose auditions were proof to the studio they could do it.”

    Jolie recalls waking up throughout the production panicking about the mechanics of shooting particular scenes, such as Zamperini’s races. “I don’t know how to shoot a race and suddenly I had to study races and racing movies and try and understand the construction of that,” she says.

    “And that would happen all through the film, just try to keep learning. Just ask a lot of questions and keep learning.”

    Zamperini’s story is almost unbelievable. He qualified to run the 5000m for the US at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, attracting the attention of Adolf Hitler after a lightning final lap. He enlisted as a bombardier in 1941, his plane crashed in the Pacific in 1943 and he drifted on a life raft with two others, surviving for 47 days until making it to the Marshall Islands — and into the hands of the Japanese navy.

    The film could have taken many extraordinary angles. Arguably the raft section suffers from being too long and there has been criticism the film doesn’t explore Zamperini’s post-war years of alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder, before a religious awakening inspired by Billy Graham.

    Jolie concedes cramming Zamperini’s life into one film was an issue for the screenwriters, who included Richard LaGravenese, William Nicholson and Joel and Ethan Coen.

    “Finally, really, the Coen brothers helped me to know it was all right to not literally tell the entire story and put the book on screen. That you can’t do that,” Jolie says. “You could never do that and make a good film. You have to know that and know your responsibility.’’

    She adds it was “quite a puzzle to figure out what would stay, what would go” and one major scene in the PoW camp was moved from a ­different place in the book to frame the end of the film.

    “And there are things we actually didn’t do because they are so unbelievable,” she adds.

    “Not only did we not stretch the truth, we didn’t go so far because some things are so extraordinary that they wouldn’t land well and be believable even though audiences know they’re true.”

    Jolie returned to Australia for the world premiere of the $US65 million film after spending three months making it here in 2013 at Sydney locations including Cockatoo Island (the PoW camp), Fox Studios, Blacktown (the 1936 Olympic Stadium), Camden, and Queensland’s Moreton Bay and Village Roadshow Studio.

    She says few countries could meet the scope and scale the film required: from 1920s California to the 1936 Olympics, prison camps, jungles, and indoor and outdoor water tanks for the ocean scenes.

    “But that was nothing compared to the benefit of working with an Australian crew because this was a tough movie and it really needed tough people with a great attitude and great work ethic to be able to help us pull through it,” she says. “There were days where we really pushed everybody on this film and everybody came forward with their best and really impressed all of us.”

    Jolie sounds like a director. And she certainly won some terrific performances from her young cast, particularly Jack O’Connell as Zamperini.

    The English 24-year-old star of Skins says the role was the “biggest test” of his fledgling career and adds that all the acting performances are “a credit to Angie totally”.

    “We’re still defining ourselves as actors, still very hungry,’’ he says. “This is not a film you can pose through or blag … you can’t just fudge it. This one had to hurt and I’ve been looking to define myself as an actor with roles like this throughout my career.

    “As much as sometimes the shoot felt very above me and at times I felt incapable, thanks to the support from Angie I could get through each day.”

    Jolie embraced directing. So much so, she has since filmed By the Sea, her third directorial effort (which she also wrote), about a couple trying to rekindle their dying marriage during a trip to Europe, and has another film in development. And she has no acting roles in the pipeline other than adding her voice to the third Kung Fu Panda film.

    Jolie, arguably contemporary cinema’s most identifiable female face, is giving up performance for what she truly wants to do: directing.

    “I’m grateful I’ve had a career as an actor and I’m sure I’ve got a few more in me but I’d be very happy to say goodbye to that part of my life.”

    Presumably directing is more satisfying creatively and is a happy contrast to the constricting nature of screen stardom?

    “Yes,” she agrees. “There are just a few stories you feel you want to tell, you need to tell and those when they come I’ll look to do them.”

    “But I feel there are so many great actresses doing such great work and unless I’m sure there’s a role or something I should do or really means something to me I’d rather spend my time telling stories from behind the camera.”

    Jolie stars in By The Sea with her husband Pitt. She directed it surreptitiously; no one knows anything about the film yet.

    She laughs. “Well, it was a different challenge. I do set myself some pretty hard challenges.

    “By The Sea was not technically even close to the complexity of an Unbroken but it was directing myself and Brad in a very heavy dramatic film, and that had its own very unusual set of challenges.

    “To direct myself was hard. To direct him was a challenge. And to be in scenes with him doing very, very heavy drama was difficult.

    “But it was also a really great pleasure for us both to bust out of our comfort zones and go back to just being actors who work and fight through scenes and figure it out and not be safe and not be sure and try and push.”

    Spending their honeymoon playing two people stuck in a horrible marriage, ironically enough, was more than an acting and directing gig, Jolie adds

    “Yeah, I think there’s a real maturing process,” she says. “If you can really work as a team, it’s a different level of connection as husband and wife.”

    Unbroken opens on January 15.

  • JPFamily

    Brad Pitt: I’m no hard guy
    02 JANUARY 2015

    Brad Pitt is happy to put his career on pause if it means more family time.

    The Hollywood star appears in war movie Fury, a brutal look at the fight against Nazi Germany.

    While he makes a convincing soldier, it’s not a career that ever interested the father-of-six.

    “Never. My father missed the war, so did my grandfather,” he explained to German newspaper Bild.

    “We aren’t fighters. But I admire what our soldiers do!”

    Brad and his wife Angelina Jolie have a large family, raising Maddox, Knox, Vivienne, Pax, Shiloh and Zahara. As they are both in the film business, they understand about matching the pace of their demanding schedules to their parenting.

    “I keep having to say no; it’s the most powerful word in Hollywood,” he said. “I’m a father to six children. I put the brakes on my career because I want to see them grow up – before they’re gone.”

    Fury might seem like out-and-out action, but the theme of family also runs through it.

    “It’s also a father-son story,” Brad revealed. “How do I turn the tank newbie [played by Logan Lerman] into a man in 24 hours? That’s painful. But if he doesn’t learn to kill, he will be killed.”

    Brad and Angelina are killing two birds with one stone by working on their next project together. Angelina is directing By the Sea, which she and her husband also star in.

    But when they do have conflicting schedules, they know how to keep the romance alive.

    “We found an old method of communication – writing letters. We were in different time zones, on opposite sides of the world. You open up more than ever before,” he gushed.

    © Cover Media

  • Felinelilly

    Angelina looks beautiful, very refreshed and rested.

  • Felinelilly

    Nah smurfette, it’s just your reflection in the mirror before Gargamel turned your raggedy hag-looking self into a fake blonde. Own it and be proud.

  • Myskina

    Unbroken is a FLOP lol

  • blake

    Cake is a Monster hit…literally a ‘monster’ hit by reality :p

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    The ACE ( American Cinema Editors ) Eddie nomination have been announced, and some of the nominations are as follows:


    American Sniper

    Joel Cox, ACE & Gary Roach, ACE


    Sandra Adair, ACE

    Gone Girl

    Kirk Baxter, ACE

    The Imitation Game

    William Goldenberg, ACE


    John Gilroy, ACE


    Tom Cross



    Douglas Crise & Stephen Mirrione, ACE

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne, ACE & Craig Wood, ACE

    Into the Woods

    Wyatt Smith

    Inherent Vice

    Leslie Jones, ACE

    Grand Budapest Hotel

    Barney Pilling

    And someone at AwardsWatch pointed out this:

    “Since 1990, ( that’s 25 years), no film has won Best Picture at the Oscars without an Ace Eddie Award nomination.”

    I am little more worried about Selma now. It will be nominated for Best Picture, but the issue with late screeners going out to the guilds may become more of an issue than I thought.

  • valis202

    She laughs. “Well, it was a different challenge. I do set myself some pretty hard challenges.
    And that is one of the things that I absolutely adore about Angie.

    Wonderful interview

  • lilya

    Statistics or no statistic Selma ain’t winning on the heels of 12 years a slave. You must not know about these old white academy members, they barely voted for 12 years so you know they think they’ve done their duty for 20years.

    This awards season is such a snooze fest with these films. Last year was so much more interesting.

  • Passing Through

    Gold Dust Woman Wonderbust • 2 hours ago

    Interesting fact: Stephen Hawking, subject of the Theory of Everything, turned down a knighthood


    Remember how unglued Keith Richards got when Mick accepted? LOL! I thought the old girls were going to come to blows…

  • Bwest

    If you think this and is happy, why are you still here?Go on your favorite actress is going tomake at least 15 comments on his career,Aveno, hair, Aveno, beach, Aveno, Groom-ping-pong, Aveno!Smurfeet?, hahahahah I preferred you when you were Tamshit!

  • valis202

    This awards season is such a snooze fest with these films. Last year was so much more interesting.

    I agree. Last year just appeared to be a more exciting awards season.

  • JPFamily

    Another Youtube link to complete Today interview

    Cr Lynn JPS

    Beautiful Angie pic

    Ali Khedery ‏@akhedery 9m

    Watching “Salt” and recalling the day I took Angelina Jolie to meet Nouri al-Maliki. ‘Twas a clash of civilizations.

  • William Bradley & The Jolie

    Oh, I know of the remote possibility of Selma winning due to 12YAS eking out a victory last year. But I was still hoping for a much stronger showing for Selma leading up to the Oscars.

    As much as anything, I blame Paramount for rushing this out instead of waiting for this year.

  • JPFamily

    ryan @shadesofryan · 34 mins

    angelina jolie is such a phenomenal director, actress, and human being & my love for her and her movies is endless

    Ishaan @ishaanstwitr · 22 mins

    My admiration for Angelina Jolie has quadrupled after watching #Unbroken tonight. Louis Zamperini – what spirit, what a soul, what a man.

    Blog: News & Views
    Oscars news: Morten Tyldum on reality of ‘The Imitation Game,’ free screening of ‘Selma’ in Selma

    Jennifer Schuessler reports, “’Selma,’ Ava DuVernay’s film about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 civil rights marches in that small Alabama town, is making the rounds among Oscar voters, who began casting ballots this week. Now, as the film prepares for its wider rollout, Paramount Pictures, its distributor, is also courting another specialized audience: the people of Selma itself, who will be able to see the film free at the town’s Walton Theater beginning Jan. 9. ‘The city and people of Selma welcomed the production with open arms this past summer,’ Rob Moore, Paramount’s vice chairman, said in a statement, ‘and in celebration of the film’s national release on Jan. 9, we are incredibly excited and very humbled to be bringing Ava’s finished film to the community.’” New York Times

  • shoes4life

    I think the Chicken Pox did her good. That was a break she needed and she looks well rested and of course gorgeous as ever.

  • deCosmos

    That’s OK because Santa Angelina herself is absurd.

  • African Queen

    And you are????

  • shazia35

    MANiston troll is a NOBODY like MANiston, still cant keep away from Angelina and Brad threads no wonder they stay pressed LOL

  • changeling

    Unbroken boxofficemojo
    As of January 1, 2015

    Domestic – $69,456,000
    Foreign – $ 2,700,000
    Worldwide – $72,156,000

  • bap


  • shazia35

    MANiston troll meltdown …time to FLAG time to & IGNORE

  • Gold Dust Woman

    If British rockers haven’t killed themselves with drugs by the age of 30, they will, invariably, turn into establishment figures, more traditional than Prince Charles.
    They all buy an estate in the country, as far from their grubby fans as they can get, shoot pheasant ( and the occasional peasant ), hold cello concerts, down vitamin tablets to keep themselves young for the latest money grabbing tour and wait for their knighthood from old Lizzie.
    Jägger, apparently, is privately as tradional and old fashioned as they come. Rebel rockers, huh!

  • shazia35

    MANiston fans always make foold of themselves with their meltdowns LMAO

  • shazia35

    Looks like tjis season is total snooze fest. still scratching my head over how Into the Woods manages to squeeze in everywhere uhhhh.

  • bap

    I heard Oszzie got religion?

  • African Queen

    Wonderful News.

  • shazia35


  • shazia35

    Unbroken ‏@UnbrokenFilm 4h4 hours ago
    Stay positive, no matter the situation. #UnbrokenMovie

  • shazia35

    Anna Schatte @AnnaSchatte · 5h5 hours ago
    “I love seeing other actors work & love being in the editing room protecting their performances.” Angelina Jolie on directing #UnbrokenMovie
    Jessica ‏@TrfgyuTw5 3m3 minutes ago
    Maleficent (Theatrical): Maleficent (Theatrical) Amazon Instant Video ~ Angelina Jolie (4770) Download: $4.99…

  • shazia35

    Ali Khedery ‏@akhedery 55m55 minutes ago
    Watching “Salt” and recalling the day I took Angelina Jolie to meet Nouri al-Maliki. ‘Twas a clash of civilizations.

  • shazia35

    Ishaan ‏@ishaanstwitr 1h1 hour ago
    My admiration for Angelina Jolie has quadrupled after watching #Unbroken tonight. Louis Zamperini – what spirit, what a soul, what a man.
    ryan ‏@shadesofryan 1h1 hour ago
    angelina jolie is such a phenomenal director, actress, and human being & my love for her and her movies is endless

  • shazia35

    Punk Rock Updates ‏@5SOSWWReports 19h19 hours ago
    Angelina Jolie slayed everyone who said women can’t be directors i hope she wins an oscar
    Alus ‏@AlusOfficial Dec 31
    Angelina Jolie is really a great director. Her movie was beautiful.

  • shazia35

    adam thomasVerified account‏@adamthomas21
    About to watch unbroken with the boys @RFleeshman n Anderson come on son @JackO__C smash it lad!

  • shazia35

    Nick Youssef ‏@NickYoussef 2h2 hours ago
    It’s 45 degrees and my heater isn’t working. I’m basically the guy from Unbroken.
    Christina Cimorelli ‏@ChristinaCIM 2h2 hours ago
    Wow, brag much @MomCimorelli. I saw unbroken with Nick and I closed my eyes for most of it. I almost died. But it was so good

  • shazia35

    Erin Bury ‏@erinbury 6h6 hours ago
    Saw Unbroken last night & absolutely loved it. Can’t believe Louie Zamperini’s story is true – reminded me I have NOTHING to complain about.
    Ferne McCann @fernemccann · 8h8 hours ago
    Cinema with @charlessims_ looking forward to seeing #Unbroken with @JackO__C we love him!

  • shazia35

    Piper Curda ‏@pipercurda 16h16 hours ago
    Yo guys Unbroken was phenomenal you must go see it. It’s the best movie I’ve seen all year.
    Samantha Raye Droke ‏@sammydroke 16h16 hours ago
    The cinema is my classroom// #Unbroken is the most amazing story of strength, faith and forgiveness. Angelina Jolie, well done! #womanboss
    Jared Dudley ‏@JaredDudley619 18h18 hours ago
    Unbroken!!! Just wow!!! 10 out of 10!!!! A must see!!! Inspirational!!!!
    Caitlin Reilly ‏@babycaitz9 19h19 hours ago
    Unbroken is a pretty unbelievable movie. Shows how far strength & perseverance can get you. “A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”
    Stay Classy ♥ ‏@msladylike95 2m2 minutes ago
    Wonderland — Angelina jolie on We Heart It. | via Tumblr

  • Gold Dust Woman

    I don’t know about that but he seems a nice man. Maybe he has turned to God in his old age.

  • shazia35

    Fr. Steve ‏@FrSteveMateja 5m5 minutes ago
    #Unbroken is an absolutely phenomenal movie. Go see it. It is an incredible true story of survival and real redemptive forgiveness.
    Aziz. ‏@AzizSaidThat 29m29 minutes ago
    i highly recommend everyone to see the movie unbroken. It was phenomenal
    Mary ‏@mmneisen97 35m35 minutes ago
    Well went to go see the movie Unbroken, and the projector broke.

  • Dame Angelina

    I love it when Brad gushes about his love Dame Angelina (and vice versa). So sweet!

  • African Queen

    Go again some other day.
    We cannot be broken “Unbroken”

  • shazia35

    Right-Side Belle† ‏@RightSideBelle 1h1 hour ago
    #Unbroken was an extremely powerful movie, very well done. An accurate adaption, but I encourage everyone to read the book to truly see…
    Alex Hinson ‏@alexhinson214 1h1 hour ago
    Everybody please do yourself a favor and go see #Unbroken it’s truly amazing… It will humble ever human and American #USA
    Rachel Pudelek ‏@rachelpud 2h2 hours ago
    Kids are visiting grandparents for the week. Today is double feature day for my hubby & me. So excited to see Into the Woods & Unbroken

  • shazia35


    “you can’t go see unbroken by yourself”
    Alexis Austin ‏@AlexisGAustin 2h2 hours ago
    Someone go see Unbroken with me at 4:10!

  • shazia35

    Bri Borowicki ‏@briannnnnnne 1h1 hour ago
    I 100000% recommend everyone to see the movie Unbroken bc that is just wow the best movie I’ve ever seen
    Tibyàn S. ‏@TibyanOx 1h1 hour ago
    #Unbroken what a breathtaking emotional amazing movie.. Wow Angelina Jolie directed it beautifully RIP – Louis Zamperini

  • shazia35

    Lauren Davis ‏@ldavis0528 43m43 minutes ago
    Unbroken is the most powerful movie I have ever seen. God bless our courageous soldiers, past and present.
    CJ Matthews ‏@CJMatthewsNYC 2h2 hours ago
    I will remain unbroken. Powerful movie. @UnbrokenFilm #AngelinaJolie
    Tigirlily ‏@tigirlily 18h18 hours ago
    #Unbroken was so powerful in every way. Would definitely recommend seeing the movie if you haven’t already.
    Steven Lewis ‏@Stalew29 3h3 hours ago
    Unbroken has to be one of the best movies I’ve ever seen !! Powerful message behind it. Everyone needs to see it !!!

  • Gold Dust Woman

    The dark horse is Nightcrawler. I’m going to see it today. Apparently it’s excellent as is Jake G in it.
    The one I can’t believe keeps getting in everywhere is the Grand Budapest bore fest.