The Huffington Post has details of Angelina Jolie’s interview in German Vanity Fair and it does contain the quotes that have been repeated in the British press that she likes to take a bath with Brad at night and the kids try to sneak in when they hear the water running. She also talks about the isolation of fame and of not being able to go out unnoticed and says she relies on her family for a sense of normalcy.
As for who she’s voting for she hasn’t officially endorsed anyone yet but she does have words of praise for Obama and says he would be great for her family. Angelina has refused to endorse a candidate in the past and while many thought she would back Obama she said she was reserving judgment. There was some mild speculation that she might favor McCain due to the fact that she has guns in the house and might look for a candidate who supports gun ownership. (Here is Obama’s position on gun ownership for those of you who are concerned about that issue.)
Angelina said in mid August “I am waiting to see the commitments [the candidates] will make on issues like international justice, refugees and how to address the needs of children in crisis around the world.”
It looks like Angelina was impressed with Obama’s positions on the causes that are important to her, as she told Vanity Fair that she appreciated his stance on the issues of international justice and genocide. She stopped short of saying who she was voting for though:
“Obama is fighting for international justice, he wants to intervene militarily in genocides abroad, and he wants to close down Guantanamo Bay. They are things which could move me to vote for him, not his roots. Of course, an American president like Barack Obama would be great for my family.”
But that isn’t “reason enough to vote for him.”
On being American:
“I am very proud of being American, and all my children have got American passports.
“For me, our family is just what America is – a melting pot, a mixture of many different races and nations,” she says. “My children should be proud of their Asian and African roots, but that in no way means [is] a lack of respect for the fact that they and their parents are Americans.”
[From Vanity Fair via The Huffington Post]
I filled out my first absentee ballot today and will be sending it in the mail Monday. If you haven’t registered to vote yet there still may be time in your state. You can visit RockTheVote and see if it’s still possible.
The Huffington Post has more of Angelina’s interview and it sounds like some her words were lost in translation.
On having twins:
“It’s a damned arduous business, and we are often simply whacked out because it is twice as hard with two babies as with one.
“But it also makes for double the fun. After we flew back from Europe, we were all suffering a bit from jetlag. We were all in bed early, but at half past four, they were awake and making a real racket.
“Brad took care of them. He said to me, ‘Go back to sleep, you’re back to work in the morning,’ and moved into the kids’ room with them. He is an astounding father, full of devotion.
“Every three hours they get hungry, then I have to satisfy them. But that’s OK, the two of them are totally sweet.
“When you see them, you think they were made for each other. They laugh together, they sniff each other, touch each other. It is beautiful.”
On her relationship:
“Sometimes, at the end of the day, we try to retire to the bathroom to be undisturbed. But then [the kids] hear the water running and want to come in and, yet again, we are all together. But that doesn’t disturb us because they are great kids.”
“I would like to have more freedom, especially to have the chance to be more spontaneous with my kids.
“Would I like to be able to walk through the streets with my kids? Of course. Would I like to be able to wander around Manhattan and buy them an ice cream like other mothers? Of course. But it is not possible.
“On the other hand, every morning I wake up with the people who are the most dear to me in the whole world. That’s why I don’t feel isolated from that, which is important to me. It helps, of course, that Brad knows all about it, but he’s experienced it even more than me. We often talk about it and try to make the best of things. But I am very grateful for our life and everything that we have.”
[From Huffington Post]
That’s really sweet about the twins being so interested and in tune with each other. It sounds like Angelina is doing a lot of interviews but it also seems like the few that she does do get excerpted and repeated so much it’s hard to tell that a lot of her quotes are coming from the same source. There are also instances where she only says one or two minor things and it gets blown into a whole story like the Life and Style “How We Make it Work!” cover story. She does have a movie to promote.
I guess Roseanne Barr has to eat her words now.