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'Vanity Fair' Stands By Angelina Jolie Article, Publishes Interview Transcript

'Vanity Fair' Stands By Angelina Jolie Article, Publishes Interview Transcript

Vanity Fair is speaking out after the magazine’s latest cover star Angelina Jolie faced criticism for something mentioned in the article.

Angelina told a story about the casting of the young female lead in her movie First They Killed My Father, which was reportedly done by playing a game that has been called emotionally abusive.

“In order to find their lead, to play young Loung Ung, the casting directors set up a game, rather disturbing in its realism: they put money on the table and asked the child to think of something she needed the money for, and then to snatch it away. The director would pretend to catch the child, and the child would have to come up with a lie,” the Vanity Fair story reads.

Angelina released a statement assuring that the “safety, comfort and well-being of the children” were taken into account and that the story was taken out of context.

Now, Vanity Fair claims that Angelina‘s lawyer contacted the magazine and said contributing editor Evgenia Peretz “mistakenly” reported the incident. The lawyer asked for a statement to be published and for the paragraph to be removed from the online article.

The magazine also released a transcript from the interview with Angelina.

Click inside to read the transcript…

“But it was very hard to find a little Loung. And so it was what they call a slum school. I don’t think that’s a very nice word for it, but a school for kids in very poor areas,” Angelina said. “And I think, I mean they didn’t know. We just went in andβ€”you just go in and do some auditions with the kids. And it’s not really an audition with children. We had this game where it would beβ€”and I wasn’t there and they didn’t know what they were really doing. They kind of said, ‘Oh, a camera’s coming up and we want to play a game with you.’ And the game for that character was ‘We’re going to put some money on the table. Think of something that you need that money for.’ Sometimes it was money, sometimes it was a cookie. [Laughter] ‘And then take it.’ And then we would catch them. ‘We’re going to catch you, and we’d like you to try to lie that you didn’t have it.’”

“So it was very interesting seeing the kids and how they wouldβ€”some were very conscious of the camera. They were actuallyβ€”there are so many talented kids in this country. But Srey Moch was the only child that stared at that money for a very, very long time before she picked it up, and then bravely, brazenly lying, like was trying to hide, but then she also kind ofβ€”,” she added.

Evgenia interjected and said, “Wait. This is the girl, Loung.”

“This is the girl,” Jolie continued. “And then when she was forced to give it back became very kind of like strong, emotional, she became overwhelmed with emotion that she wasβ€”and she justβ€”all of these different things flooded out. And I don’t think she or her family would mind me saying when she was later asked what that money was for, she said her grandfather died and they didn’t have enough money for a nice funeral.”

Vanity Fair says the magazine “stands by Peretz‘s story as published.” Read more on!

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  • bap

    Angelina you need to do a Lawsuit Now.

  • Sam

    VF should just give it up. They lied on a country and took Jolie words out of context. No relevant celebrity should work with them.

  • toastie postie

    Hateful VF. Shame on them.

  • Sokanon567

    Angie is as crazy as Mia Farrow!

  • plez

    Peretz couched the audition in a negative light in her article. Yet did not do enough questioning about any safeguards of said audition to make such a judgement. So the fault is still on VF and Peretz. But what should we expect these days.

  • ali7

    I’m disappointed since the divorce announcement Angie is making misstep after misstep.

  • Puma

    Now Vf is playing the game. Now that we know this interview was taped- release the full tape and let us hear for ourselves. I want to hear the entirety of the interview because the writer sucked and barely wrote any quotes from Angelina. This way of finding the actor is not a big deal anyway.

  • Maria M.

    I knew she was lying in her rebuttal to protect her saintly image. This happens all the time. Every time Hollywood goes to some third world country they treat locals like dirt. What can you expect from the over-privileged HW scum. They think they are better than other people. You think they would dare to pull something like this with American kids? Shame on them.

  • bap

    Angelina does not need to beg them to doing anything just take them to court.

  • plez

    There is nothing in VF response that says Angelina lied. Just that the complete story was not given. Which is the journalist error imo but sadly VF does care that it’s journalist did a lousy job.

  • Maria M.

    She said the real money wasn’t used but she doesn’t mention any monopoly money in the transcript. She keeps saying money and it’s clear she is talking about actual money. Did the children get the keep that money after audition? It’s not clear but I bet they didn’t. These are children from the slums, the whole thing is humiliating. It is clear they didn’t try to protect the dignity of these children. The whole thing reminds me of casting directors asking young actresses to take their top off. It’s abuse of power.

  • rosaryblue

    Angelina is really showing her crazy these days! I’m staring to wonder if she’s mentally sound. Glad Vanity Fair is sticking by it’s reporter, the article etc. Very unfair for Angelina to try and manipulate that.

  • LetMeTranslate

    Fact – The children were aware there was a camera present
    Fact – The children were briefed about the game
    Fact – The children knew it was a game
    Fact – The children were told they will ask for the money back
    Fact – The children knew they have to make up a lie

  • Sam


  • bap

    Angelina did not make a misstep by getting custody of her children that is the most important. She got a brand new home. Some of the public would love for her fail, its Not going to happen.

  • toastie postie

    I wish we all could be perfect under times of great stress. But that is just not possible, when mental, emotional and physical stress is almost your daily companion for weeks and days. I pray for her health with this added stress added to her shoulders.

  • Puma

    where did she lie? The quote says it was a game and the kids new it was a game. Her statement says it was a game/acting but in her statement she was able to clarify that money was fake and the school, NGOs, parents and guardians were present and they took the utmost precautions for the wellbeing of the children. Egg on your face.

    I’m sure she assumed people should understand the process but she must’ve forgot about people like you.

  • Puma

    I’ve seen some people actually mad that poor kids got the chance to act in a movie. I guess only rich people kids should get the chance to work. from the slums of Cambodia to a Netflix movie and Disney land in la. The glow up is real and so is the jealousy.

  • Catty911

    How in hell do you loons keep claiming that Angie is intelligent? Just read that word salad – the woman is basically incoherent. Anyway Thank You Vanity Fair – Angie is gonna regret bragging about those poor children & bragging about those poor citizens brought to their knees thinking the Khmer Rouge was back – she has no concern for anyone – her only concern is her own image & ambition – glad the rest of the world is seeing thru her except for her stupid loons who would defend her if she got caught on camera murdering someone.

  • number1_legsfan

    Oh for Christ’s sake, no need to turn a molehill into a mountain.

    You know what they say Ange. Never complain, never explain. If you want a story to go away, just stop talking about it…

    Just say something like: after re-reading the interview transcript, I realize I didn’t provide the proper context of the casting process. As a result my description might have led to some misunderstandings. I want to assure everybody that we took the emotional well-being of the children very seriously, and we worked closely with local professionals to ensure sensitivity to local cultural norms. I appreciate everybody’s concern and I apologize for any dismay we may have caused.

    THat’s it – no need to say anything else about it. End of the story – move on…

  • African Girl

    They kind of said, ‘Oh, a camera’s coming up and we want to play a game with you.’ And the game for that character was ‘We’re going to put some money on the table. Think of something that you need that money for.’ Sometimes it was money, sometimes it was a cookie. [Laughter] ‘And then take it.’ And then we would catch them. ‘We’re going to catch you, and we’d like you to try to lie that you didn’t have it.’”

    How is this different from other auditions?!!

    I was in a drama school in high school and i remember the drama teacher giving this instruction – “Pretend your just lost your father and then you find out your mom is about to give away all his stuff without a moment’s notice. How would you react?”

    The girl who actually got the role had just lost her dad so it was easy to channel those emotions. Yes acting can be taught in classes and through watching others but sometimes experience is the best teacher.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Give it a rest VF! You released a transcript that can be easily doctored to your liking. show me a video, lets listen to Angie in her own voice.. maybe maybe then I might believe it.. until then you guys are desperate!

  • LetMeTranslate

    Haters are just grasping at straws.

  • lyric

    Sorry you feel that way Ali. Angie is human like the rest of us so she is bound to make some mistakes. I’m not disappointed in her. I admire her and respect her very much. I will never buy or read a VF mag again and I hope Angie and other entertainers never give them the time of day. They’re a tabloid.

  • whodunit?

    The writer mischarachterized the whole scenario. The transcript clearly says the kids knew it was a game, that there would be cameras, and they were playing a character. They explained it all.

  • whodunit?

    How is it humiliating? They explained everything beforehand. They knew it was a game. They knew cameras were filming them playing a character. They were a lot of talented kids she said.

    Just because you’re poor doesn’t mean you’re stupid. She cast the best of young girls there. Who again knew they were acting.

    Sensationalism just because it’s Angelina.

  • yolly

    VF is already scratch off on my list to buy.

  • tboz

    Looks like VF won’t be getting anymore interviews from Jolie. I know VF will stand by their story but it was misleading by the writer. You have to be very careful when speaking and writing about these things. However Angie did repeat what she said and is truthful about it. What stands out to me is EP said Angie did the process and she caught them and if I’m correct Angie states she wasn’t even there to EP. So she mislead and enhanced the story like she did in the whole piece. Using her own characterization of how she thought Angie felt or was thinking.

  • tboz

    She keeps saying no real money.?She released one statement. People like you are saying she went in a traumatized these kids and showed them money and snatched it away from them knowing they were poor and hungry. When actually nothing like that happened. I mean you all are the insane ones trying real hard to hang this woman for anything you can find. VF is telling one truth. The public consumed this piece and ran with it negatively because of the person associated with it. The rest was sent up by EV who lead them into.this piece sideways from the beginning. Read the first line and you know where they are she is going.

  • tboz

    of course they r not gonna take the article down, too many hits. Plus Angie has press to explain this mess no need to address them again. Just sue but it’s not worth it.

  • Lylian

    Yep. It was explained.

    I remember listening into my daughter’s “pretend” games. Every sentence with her friends would sound like this:

    “Pretend that we are power puff ninja rangers. Pretend that we have to kill the Monster who ….. . Pretend that then you fell down and …. ”

    she was 5. And though the pretend scenes were very real in the minds of the children, they knew it was pretend.

    So being asked to pretend to be a character in a game is completely natural.

  • Lylian


  • toastie postie

    Wow, yes, much admiration for what she has gone through, all the health scares and worries for her family, she is a very strong woman and very good role model.

  • Max

    Maria, how do you know what happens “every time” when Hollywood people go to third world countries? Do you have spies there? Are you able to read peoples minds? Or are you just as judgemental as the people you hate?

  • Fabian

    Angelina should hire a couple of handlers who can guide her through interviews instead of trying to come up with answers herself. If she tries to promote this film during awards season, her press interviews are going to be hilarious.

  • Fabian

    Actors have agents and representatives for a reason. They prep their clients before the interview and step in during the interview if they think it’s getting out of hand. AJ makes a huge deal by claiming she doesn’t have an agent and that may have worked for her in her wild and crazy days when she didn’t have the image she is trying to promote now.

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  • LadyT

    That would have been a good response. But she didn’t accept responsibility for any of it, not even the confusion. She blamed someone else. That’s a problem.

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    Hilarious. For e.g.:

    “PeΓ±a Nieto resisted, saying that Trump’s repeated threats had placed β€œa very big mark on our back, Mr. President.” He warned that β€œmy position has been and will continue to be very firm, saying that Mexico cannot pay for the wall.”

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  • Jenny from the flop

    Here we go again. Angelina’s batshit crazy fans spamming the comment section on justjared. In 5 hours there is going to be 3-500 comments. And it’s always the same crazy “fan” accounts who’s stuck in 2005. They probably have google alert on because it only takes a couple of minutes before they come running, but whenever there’s no angelina story then they hide. It’s so funny how dead the comment section is on justjared until it’s about angelina and all hell breaks loose.

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  • TaraTeller

    As if you read it.

  • TaraTeller

    No, the writer did not. Angelina is a FRAUD

  • TaraTeller

    She’s uneducated and a narcissist who believes her crazy fans. Time for her comeuppance. Especially after how horrid she was with the divorce announcement.

  • TaraTeller

    VF is hardly a tabloid which just goes to show how stupid Angelina’s rabid fans are. I think one of the reasons people dislike her so much is because of her fans. The loons are insane.

  • TaraTeller

    By The Sea FLOPPED and FLOPPED badly. So she did fail. Let’s see how many people watch her new movie.

  • TaraTeller

    You need to reevaluate your life.

  • TaraTeller

    Angelina’s fans are insane. She could murder someone in broad daylight and they’d fine a reason to justify it. This movie is going to flop because no one wants to see her fetishize misery. If she has so many fans, how come BTS FLOPPED HARD????

  • TaraTeller

    Your daughter didn’t suffer the trauma these children did. Apples and oranges, stan

  • TaraTeller

    no, it’s the other way around.