Angelina Jolie ‘learned how to cook from her personal chef while in Australia’

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I’m starting to get giddy with anticipation for Brangelina at the Oscars. What will Angelina Jolie wear? I hope she doesn’t go with Versace again. Not after that black velvet disaster that brought us The Leg of Doom. Perhaps Saint Laurent. She’s also worn Jenny Packham several times the past few years – I wouldn’t mind seeing her rock a Packham gown at the Oscars. Oh, and I bet we get a Jolie preview at the Independent Spirit Awards too, which will be Saturday night. 12 Years a Slave is up for a bunch of awards, and she has a history with the Spirits too. Back in 2008, Angelina debuted her baby bump (she was pregnant with twins Knox and Viv) at the Spirit Awards. YAY!!!

Oh, and here’s a hint about what she’s going to wear at the Oscars – silver peep-toe pumps. We know for sure because she was at the Oscars rehearsal on Thursday and she told the college student workers that she wore her Oscar shoes because “After you’ve done this a few times, you learn to wear the shoes you’re going to present in.” She also introduced herself to everyone as “Angie” and joked about not falling as she walked the stage. So… silver peep-toe pumps. Is she going to wear a light metallic? Or white? Will it be a sack dress? TELL ME!

And even more Jolie-Pitt news. Next up: Us Weekly claims that in addition to undertaking the most difficult project of her career by directing Unbroken, apparently Angelina was taking cooking classes at the same time? Because of course.

Chef Jolie! Angelina Jolie learned how to cook from her personal chef while in Australia directing Unbroken, a source tells Us Weekly in the Mar. 10 issue. The gorgeous movie star mom, 38, recently overcame her kitchen-phobia, after learning a few healthy tips and culinary tricks from the pro, the insider tells Us. This will be a big lifestyle swap for the children, who are the “worst eaters,” according to the source. And feeding six kids with different food preferences is no simple task: The Jolie-Pitt kids “want to eat different things at different times,” the source adds.

Jolie, who once famously admitted that son Pax, 10, was a better cook than her, decided it was time to take control. The source tells Us that the mom is “very proud” of her new skill. (Back in 2011, Jolie boasted that she and fiance Brad Pitt cooked their own Thanksgiving turkey. “We were very successful and very proud of ourselves,” she joked to Anderson Cooper in an interview.)

Jolie, who up until early February had been filming Unbroken since late 2013, was joined by her six kids on the Gold Coast. Pitt, 50, who was busy filming upcoming movie Fury in London, oftentimes flew over to spend time with his beautiful brood. But after months apart, the family has reunited in full and returned back to the West Coast ahead of the Oscars.

“Since Sydney, everyone is in sync,” another insider told Us of the Jolie-Pitts.

[From Us Weekly]

Do you judge Angelina harshly for not being a regular at Whole Foods and for letting her kids eat Cheetos? Well… don’t judge too much, because I’m pretty sure Angelina and Brad have employed private chefs this whole time, so it’s not like the children were just scavenging for whatever they could find. And that’s who taught her to cook – her “personal chef.” Besides, why can’t Brad learn how to cook too? Why is it just about Angelina being a terrible, Cheeto-pushing mother? THE LEG DEMANDS PROCESSED FOODS.

In other Angelina news, British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced this week that he and his main homegirl Angelina will be co-hosting a summit on war-time rape this June in London. Hague was in Washington to receive an award, and his speech was all about women’s rights, victim’s rights and war rapes. During his speech, he cited Angelina and her film In the Land of Blood and Honey, saying: “Sexual violence is often one of the first things that happens as soon as conflict or instability take hold. Yet it is usually the last thing to be taken into account by those ending wars or rebuilding nations… We must remove rape and sexual violence from the world’s arsenal of cruelty.” Hague and Jolie have worked together on this specific issue before, and they’ve also traveled together to Democratic Republic of Congo to highlight the issue of warzone rape. Hague is a full-on Brangeloonie. It’s kind of awesome.

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  1. Jaderu says:

    Come on now Kaiser. If Brad did the cooking, the kids would be eating pot brownies all day.

  2. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    She really takes on the most serious, heavy issues. I admire her so much for that.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      I’m really glad I started reading this site. Before this–I didn’t know too much about her. The only reason why I knew she and Brad were together was because I had just gotten an email address for the first time, and so I was CONSTANTLY on Yahoo, checking my email (even though no one else had the address, ha!), and I saw pictures of them at Cannes–when she wore that nude Versace dress.
      https://whisty.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/anglina-jolie-versace-cannes-2009.jpg?w=655

      I LOVED that dress–it’s one of my favorite looks on her.

      But yeah, I liked her in Tomb Raider (one of the first action films I had seen as a teen–I didn’t really watch action films), and thought she was really beautiful–but didn’t know anything about her until I got onto this site.

    • K says:

      A friend works for an aid agency, and they say most celebrities are hell on wheels to deal with and in it purely for PR. They whine and demand. Jolie apparently expects nothing – same accommodations as the aid workers, she turns up fully informed as much as she can be and then keeps her ears open and mouth closed unless she has questions, never gets in the way or says anything stupid or vacuous, just works out what she can do to help over and above the media profile, and then she goes away and follows up, as she promises. Apparently she is massively impressive.

      I wish the Triangle wasn’t all people ever hear. It’s probably the least interesting thing about her. And I’m not even a major fan (really, I’m not. I barely ever comment on her, I’m pretty sure she and Brad had an affair, and I have no bad feelings at all about Aniston, either. I just don’t care about that stuff – this woman does major good in the world).

  3. Patricia says:

    My two sisters and I surely “wanted to eat different things at different times” when we were kids. But guess what? We got whatever mom chose to cook, at dinner time. And that was that.
    It frightens me the way kids are raised now. And I’m not trying to attack Angie personally, I love her. But it’s just indicative of the whole trend of “kids run the house” when I read something like that.
    I am a teacher, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard parents ask four year olds what the family should have for dinner, or have parents tell me that their child might be grumpy because last night they “wouldn’t stop watching TV until 11pm”. Whaaaat?! It’s not child abuse to be in charge of your children!

    • chick b. says:

      I know, right? My friend had two boys (now both in their late 30′s, both over 6 ft tall & healthy) who tortured her during their childhood with their choruses of “yuck!” and “no!” during dinner. She finally had a talk with her MD who essentially said ‘Give them the family dinner & let them know that was all that was on the menu that evening. No child has ever starved from this method.’

      Anyway, cheers to anyone who gets involved with trying to stop sexual violence however I wouldn’t want to eat one of Jolie’s meals. Did anyone see her cooking scene in Mr. & Mrs. Smith? Jolie looked like a caveman the first time they saw the moon.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I know one couple that whenever their kids wouldn’t eat what was provided, they would put the plate in the refrigerator and reheat it for the next meal, and so on–until they ate it.

        Kids basically hang themselves with as much rope as you will give them. I was never raised to be able to say that a meal was disgusting and that I wouldn’t eat it. It was either I ate it, or I didn’t eat at all.

      • V4Real says:

        @ chick b. “Did anyone see her cooking scene in Mr. & Mrs. Smith? Jolie looked like a caveman the first time they saw the moon. ”

        LOL! She was acting, maybe that was supposed to be her expression. But that comment was funny as hell.

      • Blue says:

        @VG

        My dad used to do this to me, only I was served Garden peas and broad beans cold for breakfast, I refused btw, I just couldn’t stomach them, I still can’t eat them now.

      • mayamae says:

        @VC, that’s a scene right out of Mommy Dearest.

        Children think the world revolves around them until a certain age. It’s normal, and it’s also normal for parents to slowly help them realize there’s other people to be considered. I have a friend who’s a first grade teacher and she tells me stories all the time about how unprepared little ones are. My favorite story was a little girl refusing to eat her lunch and saying she’ll eat it later. My friend had to tell her – there’s no later. You eat now or wait until you get home. Welcome to the world baby girl.

        I’ve also known women who refuse to make special meals for each individual child. There’s one meal for the family, and mom’s not a short order cook.

    • Cecilia says:

      Oh Patricia…I totally agree with you. In my family, one home-cooked meal was made & everyone ate the same thing. Never did my Mother cook 4 different meals or ask us what she should make for dinner. My parents were in charge & I think that’s the way it should be — if the parents aren’t in charge, who will be role models for the kids?

    • abby says:

      Yeah Patricia,

      I totally agree. My mom never catered to us either. One meal and that was that.

      Not sure I believe that entire “kids eat different things are different times” thing though. How Brad described things, they all ate breakfast/dinner together. Meal time is important for them. I think especially since they are rather nomadic, they try to keep routines. Obviously some of that changed while in Aus but I would think they daily routines would be even more important to help the kids adjust and feel secure. Brad also talked about making breakfast for the kids., I mean cooking it himself (IIRC during Moneyball promo).

      Anyway, regarding kid preferences, I could be wrong but I think Angie mentioned one of the kids having food allergies (lactose intolerance comes to mind but there may be others) so I think if she makes any meal accommodations it may be for that kind of thing. Where one kid(s) gets an alternate version of a meal or something, as needed.

    • littlestar says:

      I don’t think my mom ever asked me and my siblings what we wanted to eat as kids. We ate what she made, and my mom is a damn good cook, so that’s probably the biggest reason why we ate her food. My family is of Ukrainian heritage, so there is a LOT of onions and garlic used in our food, and we loved it as kids.

      One of my biggest annoyances about my husband’s nieces and nephews, is that his sister and parents continually say when it comes to family dinners “kids don’t like onions, kids don’t like onions”, so they don’t include it in their cooking. Um, yeah, when you tell the kids they shouldn’t like them and never feed them onions, of course they aren’t going to like them!

      So on Christmas Day, everyone was over to our house for dinner. I boiled perogies to serve and in my family the traditional way to serve them is covered in fried onions and butter. So I did exactly that, and guess what? The kids ate them! Maybe I am a beyotch, but I refuse to cater to our nieces and nephews “food issues” when they are in our house.

      • Mauibound says:

        Sounds like I would love Ukrainian food

      • Sophie says:

        Those perogies sound delicious! I used to “hate” onions, which didn’t stop my parents from cooking them. One day, my father told me the onions on the flammenkuchen were potato chips – being a naive child, I ate them, loved them, and had to shut my mouth about eating onions afterwards.
        I had never even heard of people preparing different meals for their children, but I find it completely unreasonable. Barring allergies, there is no good reason to work more and use more dishes just to keep your child quiet.

    • Lucinda says:

      I guess I have to disagree a bit. I am a super picky eater. I always have been and I’ve learned over time that a good portion of it is genetic and related to some illnesses I have. I fed my children the same when they were little and one is super picky and very strong-willed while the other will try anything and is pretty easygoing. It’s just who they are. So I do cater to my kids to a certain degree because I want them to have a healthy relationship with food and I’m not interested in turning dinner time into a battlefield. That being said, I cook almost every thing from scratch, vary my menu to include standard favorites and new recipes, ask my kids what things they would like to eat, and insist that if they aren’t eating what I have prepared, then they find something themselves that must be a reasonable alternative. Just because we don’t do my way or the highway, doesn’t mean I cater to their every whim either. I do believe there can be a middle ground.

    • Sacred And Profane says:

      I’m a teacher, too, Patricia, and it goes so much further than food or watching TV until late at night, doesn’t it? I had to scribe for a 7-year-old recently. His story was about his favourite parts of Grand Theft Auto 5 – yes, he is 7. I work in a school (in Australia) located in an area that was marketed at CUBS – Cashed-Up Bogans. In other words, tradies and blue-collar workers who made a lot of money when the GST (Goods and Services Tax) was introduced in 2000. It was offset by home-buyers’ grants, so the area was pushed as an affluent and luxury suburb in Western Sydney that these tradespeople could afford. The suburb is filled with McMansions.

      Of course, it hasn’t turned out to be the utopia promised by the developers… In the new school year we’ve been dealing with lots of feral little monsters. One kindy boy spat directly into a little girl’s lunch last week, and said he did it because he doesn’t like the colour of her skin. She’s Sri Lankan. Of course, we have some adorable, well-behaved and respectful children who attend, but far too many are spoiled, rude, entitled, badly-behaved, disrespectful and, sometines, violent brats. They think they can behave at school as they do at home. And don’t even get me started on their parents….

      OK, I’ve finished my rant…

      Oh, and I also love Angelina.

  4. aims says:

    The jolie-pitt children do not go without, promise. I’m more interested in her work with the UN then her cooking. I love that she is still able to be an independent being, still doing what fuels her, with six kids and a partner. Well done Angie!!

  5. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    *Closes eyes and prays to God for either a jewel tone (EMERALD GREEN, THANK YOU) or a slinky, silver gown*

    Let’s also pray that Brad shells out some bucks for some jewelry–I mean Elizabeth Taylor-style jewelry…..

    Eh, don’t know if I believe the personal chef story–she’s said in a few interviews that she can’t really cook (a few years ago and then WAY before she had all her kids, if I’m remembering right), so I don’t get why she would start now. But she said on Anderson Cooper that she and Brad made the turkey, while she was promoting ITOLBAH…..so maybe she only knows how to make a few things.

    Also–I love the look of William Hague. He’s always so deliciously grumpy looking….

    • Sarah says:

      Emerald looks SO good on her!
      I believe she would develop an interest in cooking now, she’s at a stage of her life where your hobbies and interests change. I didn’t like cooking until later.

    • Esmom says:

      I was thinking an emerald green gown would be lovely too. Although that time she wore black with the actual emeralds was beautiful, too.

      I call BS on this story, too. I can’t imagine she would have been so willing to shift her focus from Unbroken for something like this, timing seems off. If I was in the midst of an huge work project I can’t imagine doing this. Although who knows, maybe it helped her blow off steam.

      Is it wrong of me to think that AJ and Hague have some serious chemistry?

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Your last question:

        NO!! I think that they really, really like each other–he seems to be really impressed with her. I remember he said that he was worried that he’d be stuck with some Hollywood actress who basically wouldn’t be taking the work seriously, so he was glad he got her. I would love to be a fly on the wall during one of their conversations. I also like that he fangirl’d over her movie…I really liked the movie–it was difficult to watch though.

      • Shannon1972 says:

        Im calling BS too. That movie was behind schedule almost the entire time, so I sincerely doubt she was taking time out for cooking lessons. She’s a perfectionist and extremely focused (and apparently absolutely lovely in person).
        It’s such a silly story in light of the truly amazing work she does on behalf of women and children in war torn countries. I have such respect for her, other actors (ahem, Scarlett) could learn a thing or two about true humanitarian work.

        All that said, I would love to see her in emerald, or even sapphire blue!! She pulls off those jewel tones beautifully. Her penchant for nudes and blacks are practical, but I hope she stops the show at the Oscars!

      • gennline says:

        William Hague is an historian, he wrote a book on Winston Churchill. Angie loves history and Churchill is one of her heroes. So they will have a lot of common interests.

      • Esmom says:

        I do sense a chemistry, not necessarily sexual, but unusually strong. She just radiates a different energy around him than with other people, from what little I can gather via photos and video clips.

    • Amelia says:

      Strangely fond of William Hague, too, he’s vaguely tolerable as MPs go.

    • Lucinda says:

      Maybe she’s older and wants to learn now. It could be as simple as that.

  6. Dutch says:

    It’ good to see she’s learning a skill in case the acting thing doesn’t work out.

  7. Sarah says:

    Bring a parent is a learning process, not all of us grew up knowing how to eat well. Sometimes it’s less about not knowing how to cook , and more about learning about nutrition and how to make that taste good.
    At least that was my experience, evetuthing mom fed us was out of a box, I had to grow up with my kids a bit.

  8. db says:

    what an inspiring woman, love her

  9. INeedANap says:

    Hague is absolutely right — the survivors of wartime rape are often ignored in the aftermath and are expected to simply pick up the pieces of their life and move on, as if they should have expected it. Bravo to Angie for fighting for the survivors and giving them a public voice.

  10. Maya says:

    Wonderful woman who talks the talk and walks the walk. Her movie has inspired a government to do something about war time rape and now other governments are following suit. Despite being labelled a demon and not a girl’s girl by pathetic people – Angelina has done a lot for women over the years.

    I have always said that Angelina is not a girl’s girl who just sits around bitching about others, parties and holidays all the time nor does she talk about her hair, beauty and ecxercise regime. She is a woman’s woman who loves her family, has real friendships and not showbusiness ones, acts in and directs inspirational movies, spends hours on hours on various humanitarian issues from refugees to rape to murder.

    She is a wonderful example in Hollywood as to how to behave classy and graceful when someone who doesn’t know her attacks her for no apparent reason. She just minds her own business and lives her life the way she wants to live. Plus she is the only woman who can earn $20-35M per movie and also gives hope to other actress turned directors.

  11. Neffie says:

    No coverage of Victoria Beckhams humanitarian efforts?? hhhhmmm no?

    • abby says:

      Not sure why Victoria’s efforts were not covered. I don’t follow her.

      As to Angie’s humanitarian efforts, which many feel the need to criticize her in regard to the amount of “publicity” she attracts. Well, that is the rub. I guess most people would rather bury their heads in the sand.

      Angie’s role with the UN is to use her celebrity to bring awareness to these international crises/issues to help with fundraising, bringing pressure to political leaders, etc. That is basically the job description on the UN website. She educates herself on each issue in order to speak intelligently on the cause as a UN spokesperson. But this only works if the public becomes involved – calls their elected leaders, protests, makes donations, etc. hhh, well, how best to do that? Maybe a film crew capturing the dire circumstances the people in need live in while Angie visits them? That is how the UN effects change, by pressuring governments. One method to do this is through the citizens.
      Bringing awareness requires a small thing called publicity. And everything Angie does attracts publicity. Hell, she turns down film roles (see Gravity) and we’re still talking about it.

      Btw, the footage and information of Angie’s visits is almost always provided by the UN itself and then distributed to other press outlets. The rare exception is when Angie has gone with another agency (ex. US State Dept in Iraq when she visited the US troops, IIRC). So it is not as though Angie is calling the press herself or taking her own film crew, for her own agenda/benefit. It’s usually the press office of whatever agency she is working with (UN for the most part) that captures the footage, releases a statement, and that then travels across the wires, from the mainstream to the gossip blogs, etc. Other outles may interview her regarding her visits but she as a spokesperson for the UN, is obligated to do so, previously as the UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, and now as the UN Envoy.

      Anything outside of those offical images is from very unscrupulous people posting her travel information on twitter – boarding pass, hotel info, etc., which really only compromise her safety in these hotspots. It’s not like these trips are for vacation, some are active warzones.
      So yeah, Angie’s humanitarian efforts get “publicity” from the mainstream and the wannabees/paps.

      BTW, I make a clear distinction between the humantarian work that Angie does on behalf of the UN and what she does on her own/with Brad under the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. The UN work gets lots of press, as it should. Otherwise it would not be effective. The JP Foundation though works quietly and they have many projects, some that have gotten press but many that have not.
      So for me, if Angie realy wanted publicity for her humaitarian work she would be blowing her own horn about the JP Foundation and all the work on their roster but the only person talking about it is that old nut Friedman who is always checking their tax returns to make sure they’re on the up and up. Otherwise, you gotta dig deep to find what they are doing.

    • The Original Mia says:

      I’ve seen a little coverage. Definitely not a lot. Annie Lebowitz photographed her with some of the children. Good for Victoria. I love her.

      Angie rocks, but that’s nothing new.

    • Bea says:

      There is coverage of Victoria Beckham and her personal celebrity uber-photographer in the Daily Mail if you want to see more coverage. You can see her celebrity photographer being photograped while photographing Victoria.

    • lisa says:

      I just listened to her speech after receiving the honorary Oscar last fall. She is remarkable.

  12. Andrea says:

    Ugh . . . I wish she’d just get over herself. “I was such a bad cook and then my personal chef taught me.” I’d be way, way more impressed if she was like, I really disliked cooking but decided to give cooking a try with some cookbooks and online tutorials. Cooking is actually really, really easy. It’s the prep and clean up that’s hard.

    • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

      She didn’t say any of this though–it’s from US Weekly. She has spoken before a few times, about how she can’t cook though.

    • Andrea1 says:

      Umm.. Cooking isn’t easy for everyone. While you might find it “actually really really easy” some people don’t! No matter how hard they try.

    • Lop says:

      She is not even talking about it! It is Us Weekly with some made up sources.
      People just attack her for the littlest things!

      • lisa2 says:

        I seriously. Half my friends who can cook don’t. And some to the other can’t. What the heck is wrong with people getting upset by her not cooking. She has people that she pays a good salary to do it for her.

        She did an interview overseas that is an actual interview that I SAW. Where she said she wanted to learn to cook a few things. That she and Brad were taking cooking lessons. That they had gotten their first assignment and had done well with it. She said she was good at the breakfast things but wanted to learn to cook some things for the family. So I’m sure someone heard that or read it some time ago and wrote this non story.

        I had no idea that cooking was a measure of you being a good mother or not. Because if it is a lot of women are in major trouble.

    • pru says:

      Then based on the amount of time I’ve watched the Food Network, I should be a professional chef! (I’m a passable cook at best!)
      It seriously takes some skill. My grandmother had a cook while growing up and “learned to cook” by watching her. And she was one of the worst cooks ever!
      Maybe some can learn with practice. Others (like my mom) have a real talent and can write their own recipes.

    • Lucinda says:

      So your issue is not that she supposedly learned how to cook but HOW she chose to go about it? There is only one way to learn that is acceptable? I’m pretty sure many of us learn how to cook from our own personal chef-our mother. But not everyone gets that chance.

  13. olivia says:

    This “summit” is just another “pat ourselves on the back” cra*p fest which will produce nothing for anyone it claims to care about, but those on the panel are getting valuable PR.

    • Lop says:

      Well at least she is doing something with her time besides talking about her hair like some people Olivia! But I wouldn’t expect anything else from you.

      Why be so negative about people attempting to do some good? How can you be so sure it won’t be helpful?

      • Kim1 says:

        Someone needs to organize a summit on haircare and skincare,NOW these are important issues.
        AJ decides to take cooking lessons while Brad is filming in London and she is working 12 hr days DIRECTING a film.Rather than taking lessons when she is not filming.Also they have personal chefs.So why would the chef teach her to cook healthy meals if the chef is not already making healthy meals for the kids.Last
        year tabloid claimed they were taking lessons
        from Jamie Olivier next story will be Paula
        Deen I guess.GMAB

      • TC says:

        @ Kim1 – Maybe the personal chef was only employed while Angie and the kids were in Australia. I don’t believe they have a personal chef at their disposal on a regular basis.

        Usually Brad and Angie don’t work at the same time. One’s always at home while the other’s working. However, Unbroken’s shooting schedule was moved up causing conflicts with Brad’s shooting schedule making it impossible for Brad to be in Australia on a regular basis.

        The personal chef could’ve been called in to help Angie since she was basically manning the home front on her own while also working. And maybe she thought it would be helpful to learn some healthy meals she could fix on her own for her kids while she had the personal chef in her employ. Angie is very efficient, organized and a master multi-tasker, so I can see this happening.

    • Badirene says:

      Olivia you must suffer from a lot of indigestion with all that bile you have.

      If nothing else the summit will raise awareness that a problem exists.

    • Soulsister says:

      Idiot. Yes I know that you hate Angelina but don’t you think that we should at least TRY to grapple and take action regarding issues like this, rather than just sitting on our backsides and doing nothing.

      BTW, why do you post on a thread about somebody who you so clearly hate. Why don’t you just avoid everything to do with Angelina.

    • Maya says:

      Angelina’s movie “ITLOBH” started this whole wartime rape campaign and it has now been sanctioned in Hague to be used in wars. This can and will help millions of war time rape victims who to get justice and acknowledgment of their ordeal.

      So no – this is not another crap fest where nothing happens. Maybe you should get your facts straight before making an idiot out of yourself. But thinking straight and logical is not something you can do when it comes to the JPs.

      • abby says:

        @ Olivia Who knows what will be the outcome. However, it’s a good thing that Angie is not a Debbie Downer otherwise she’d never get anything done.

        Anyway, according to press releases (I cut and paste from a few) this is their goal for the June summit.

        Ministers from 113 countries have signed a declaration pledging new action to end sexual violence in conflict.

        British Foreign Secretary William Hague said the declaration prohibits amnesties for sexual violence in peace agreements and allows suspects to be apprehended wherever they are in the world. It also pledges to adopt a new International Protocol in 2014 to help ensure that evidence collected can stand up in court.

        That’s why Mr Hague’s statement focuses on the “practical commitments” he wants to extract from countries attending next year’s (2014) summit. They’re to be asked to overhaul their military training, and to support local grassroots groups trying to educate people on the ground

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/womens-politics/10480881/Angelina-Jolie-and-William-Hagues-mission-on-ending-war-zone-rape-just-got-real.html

        Obviously, agreements need to be ratified and it’s alot more complicated than just signing a declaration. But again, you’ve got to start somewhere. This is nearly an impossible task but I wish them the best.

        In my mind, if anyone can make it happen, it’s Angie.

        btw, I love how Hague constantly references Angie’s film Blood & Honey. I tell you, regardless of all the controversy and the questions about Gravity, I don’t think Angie could be any happier with the outcome. Her humanitarian work is her passion and that little film not only cleared the path to a second directorial project with Unbroken but also to this huge opportunity with Hague.

        All the best Angie. And if you want to learn to cook while you’re at it, good for you.

      • Cecilia says:

        Wartime rape has been going on for thousands of years. It is a worthy cause to tackle. It will be interesting to see what their actual plan is to eradicate it. It is going to be very difficult to make this happen. How do you reason with people who are the aggressors of war?

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        @Cecilia
        To my understanding, they aren’t eradicating wartime rape. Rather, they are making it a war crime, which it hadn’t been before Angelina and William Hague joined forces. Back in Januaryish 2013, when they first made it into the law–they said the ways that they’re enforcing it will be to send doctors and lawyers to document what’s going on , so that it will be punished.

      • abby says:

        I agree VC.

        Actually, I think they are approaching it from two directions.

        1. Education/training militaries and grassroots organizations about the issue. Many times soldiers are the first to come into contact with the survivors of such attacks as they secure an area from enemy forces (I don’t mean the perpetrators but soldiers trying to help) but they are not prepared to deal with a traumatized victim who may have been gang-raped, sodomized or survived any number of the insanely cruel things that people do during war. So alot of sensitivity training is needed. Google warzone rape if you have no idea.

        2. Establishing an international protocol for the documentation and collection of evidence in the aftermath of such events. One major problem is that samples are not always collected properly/get throw out if questionable and as a result cannot be used to build a strong case for court that would prove the systematic use of rape as a weapon. Little or no evidence allows war criminals to walk free even when the system manages to bring them to trial.

        So there are things that can be done and it is a worthy challenge to be sure. Can it be done? Girl, Angie, I sure as hell hope so. But you got my donation just for the effort.
        This is partly why I always support Angie’s films. Yeah, I am also supporting a Hollywood studio but I am also contributing to Angie’s global boxoffice and celebrity, which is used to promote this type of work.

    • Sal says:

      Olivia, From another site: beauther • a day ago

      USNews dot com…..”During her visit, Jolie called on the international community to ensure the implementation of a recent U.N. resolution that called for humanitarian assistance to reach Syrian civilians.

      On Saturday, the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution demanding immediate access everywhere in Syria for humanitarian aid. The resolution, which marked a rare instance of unity on the security council, doesn’t threaten sanctions but it does express the council’s intention to take “further steps” if the resolution isn’t implemented.”

      Jolie walks the walk. And achieves results.

  14. teri says:

    Excited about the Oscars as well. Nothing wrong with wanting to learn how to cook regardless if it’s from the internet, cookbooks, friend or personal chef, really get over your hatred for Angie. We get you hate everything about her, don’t need to read it in every thread, gee get over yourself.

  15. Soulsister says:

    Calling BS on this story and 99% of the other stories that they print about the JP private lives. The issue that I have with all of these JP ‘sources’ that the tabloids use, is that they somehow forgot to let the tabloids know when Brad and Angie got engaged and when Angie had her double mastectomy. You would think that people so intimate with the JPs would alert the outside world to two of the most important events that has occurred with them.

    In reality, the tabloids know fvck all about what happens with Brad, Angie and their family so they just have to pull crap out of their asses.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Honestly? I think most tabloid stories are either complete fiction or contain a liberal dash of fiction — no matter who the subject is.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I think 99% of the time, these stories have a grain of truth to them–like this story was probably culled from the fact that she’s said in the past that she can’t cook, then later on said that she made a turkey for Thanksgiving (on Anderson Cooper’s show), and then maybe in Australia or something, someone saw her grab some groceries or whatever–thus this story was born.

        It also depends on how you view the celebrity, as to whether or not you believe some or all of it is true–this is a less innocuous story, that’s all.

        I would be interested in knowing which celebrities talk to the tabloids and which ones don’t.

      • dizzylucy says:

        Agree, Ladyslippers. Recent example – stories about Ellen Page and Skarsgard being a secret couple for a year and talking marriage, then…oh not so much. Most of it is made up or greatly exaggerated.

      • Maggie says:

        Lol! It’s all made-up until it’s a nasty story about someone you don’t like. Then it’s truth!!!

  16. Mari says:

    Wait, Angie is almost 40 years old and JUST now learning how to cook? Woooow…

    How does this not strike anybody else as odd?

    • Saywhat? says:

      No. I’m in my mid 50s. I only started cooking 5 yrs ago. And only because my mum started having dementia. Yeah, thank god for the Internet and to friends who are willing to share

    • Lucky Charm says:

      I didn’t realize there was an age limit to when you can learn how to cook.

      And getting cooking lessons from a chef doesn’t necessarily mean she doesn’t already know how to cook the basics (meatloaf, spaghetti, etc). Maybe she just wants to expand her menu and learn how to make a wider variety of meals. Having the same pot roast for dinner all the time gets old & boring fast.

    • TrustMOnThis says:

      I’m 47. I started learning to cook in my 30s and am still learning. My stepmom was a terrible cook and we never bonded so I didn’t learn at home, then I was so busy being a .commie that I barely had time to even eat restaurant food. It happens. Now I love to cook but I’m defo still learning. Would love private lessons from a pro chef! Also, mad respect to Angelina for using her power for good.

  17. Welldun says:

    Two things: I would love to take cooking classes. My mom didn’t teach me so I google whatever I want to make and give it a go lol.

    I recently did some googling on war rape..OMG. I haven’t seen her movie on this yet so it’s all new to me. I happened across the info that it’s standard procedure for the conquering army to rape the losers as well as the women and kids. I had never heard of the male on male part of it. I found the most disturbing story on the Guardian, just heartbreaking. I hope what she’s doing can help people.

  18. Chicagogurl says:

    She has got to have the most interesting cell phone contacts in the history of cell phones. Imagine which world leaders, actors, musicians, designers, political activists and news personnel she has on her phone….more interesting than anyone else I could think of at the moment.

    I really admire that she doesn’t seem to complain about her life OR half-ass anything. She pours herself into directing, changing public policy, her UN ambassadorship, her friendships, her children and in her spare time learns to fly planes and cook. Everyone from exes to executives to world leaders are charmed by her and count her as friends. I hope one of these days she writes a biography of sorts or at least an in-depth look at her time with the UN.

    Not throwing a parade, but i wish more celebrities were as “present” or involved in making their public position count on global level ala Damon, Clooney, etc. And seriously……how damn interesting must her cell phone contacts be!

  19. MrsBPitt says:

    If this story is true…it would not surprise me if Angie had the kids in the kitchen and the chef was giving them all lessons. I’ve read many times, that if you let the kids help prepare the meals, they are more willing to at least try the food that they have cooked…

  20. Ferris says:

    I wish I had a personal chef…. And a stylist.

    I hate reading stories like this about the rich famous because then I stew about how I’ll never have a personal chef lol.

    I’m 41 and can’t cook at all. My husband is a wonderful cook. I hope he can teach me. I’m scared my daughter is going to get sick of grill cheese and Mac and cheese.

  21. Ladies of Lavender says:

    Always thought she was a terrific actress, and also very impressed with humaniterian efforts. I do not care whether she can cook or not. Why would this be important?

  22. gennline says:

    I see US Weakly has come out with one of its attacks on Angie&her children just before the Oscars. I suppose there was too much good news, so let’s get a little hate riled up.
    She never said that her children were the ‘worst’eaters, she said they like different things in their lunch boxes. Which is not unusual for children.
    We have seen her children living and eating all over the world, and restaurant owners saying what they ate.
    She has also spoken about taking cooking lessons with Brad, probably two years ago and how they have a lot of Asian food because her oldest boys love Asian food.
    US Weakly are always coming out with these insider stories, like how Angie hates London, a place that she has stated that she loves and has been going to since she was fourteen,and chose to leave the USA and go an live just outside London.
    It was a US Weakly insider that stated that Brad&Angie wouldn’t be together for Thanksgiving, low and be hold they were wrong.
    Think they like to get the Angie hate going if she gets too much good press.

    • Esmom says:

      I don’t disagree with what you’re saying but I don’t get why US has an axe to grind with her. Do “evil AJ” stories, even if they are clearly BS, sell better than more realistic ones? It’s the only explanation I can think of.

      • Kim1 says:

        Angie called out USWeekly in a TV interview years ago .She was asked about some story and she responded that is wasnt true .She said where did you read that,” US Weekly?”
        I dont think the story was from USWeekly but it showed what she thinks of that publication for her to assume the false story was from them.

  23. LaurieH says:

    I think Angelina looks beautiful even in a sack dress and I don’t think dresses have to be tight or form-fitting to be beautiful. Angie has the good fortune of looking beautiful in just about anything. Made me think of that other piece on Lupita Nyongo. Just as she would wake up wishing to be lighter-skinned, I wake up wishing to be one of those petite types that look good in anything/everything. But at 5’9″, that ain’t happening. As to the cooking, I don’t judge. Six picky kids and a busy-as-hell schedule makes it difficult. She has a personal chef, so I am sure they are getting healthful meals. So what if their snacks are a little junky? Not every kid is going to pacified with a bag of kale chips.

  24. tracking says:

    Yeah I’m sure in all her spare time from directing a freaking movie, she was learning how to cook (vs. spending time with her brood). Right. Nothing wrong with having a personal chef. She’s got more interesting things to do.

  25. darkdove says:

    This is why i like this website there are so many ineteresting people who writte about different things important issues who see the real angelina the best of her not what the media tries to make her, i think several of the reasons angelina gets attacked its because people are afraid of her there isnt a lot of people like her in this world she is everything many want to be but they dont dare and hide in fear of life, she has the kind of personality where she doesnt sit still to wait for what happens next she takes her life and destiny in her own hands and i am glad to have been a witness to the evolution of the great angelina jolie.

    • Marny says:

      Yeah, a lot like Gwyneth Paltrow! She has some really successful businesses, sings, acts, cooks, is part of many charity organizations, etc…Definitely fearless!

    • naomi says:

      “i think several of the reasons angelina gets attacked its because people are afraid of her there isnt a lot of people like her in this world she is everything many want to be but they dont dare and hide in fear of life, she has the kind of personality where she doesnt sit still to wait for what happens next she takes her life and destiny in her own hands and i am glad to have been a witness to the evolution of the great angelina jolie. ”

      Wow, This comment is what is wrong with many people around the world today. The constant praising and fawning over movie stars and singers who have it easy in life. There are loads people who work a lot harder, settle for less money, have jobs where their life is put at serious risk and have gone through actual , real problems that deserve praise in my opinion. Celebrity worship is truly sickening and disgusting. Sorry. Your comment reminds of what Kris Jenner said about her daughter Kim Kardashian, saying she is the hardest working lady in the world and that those who don’t like her all must be jealous of her, don’t work hard as her, etc.

      • Sal says:

        Naomi I think that’s very unfair. Instead of reacting to a few words at the end, and extracting the emotion from it why not take them at face value and attempt to understand. Everyone has their own way of expressing themselves, and sometimes people can be more flowery or strong than they meant. When you break it down, I think darkdove was saying that people fear those who are different, which is true, and that Angelina has metamorphosized from a wild child who (still) made people clutch their pearls at her harmless antics and has grown into someone that truly tries to help people. Now, take out the celebrity bit, if it was an ordinary joe citizen we’d all be proud of them, too. Angelina may be a celebrity, but I think that people can’t see past that. She is also a human being like us. It is nice to see people turn their live around, and I think that is what darkdove was saying, but because Angelina is a celebrity people forget she is a person that in other circumstances we’d all be proud of. Darkdove’s point was understood by me and it was harmless. These days you cannot say anything about a person if they are a celeb because that is all some people see, and refuse to recognise the person as distinct from the fame. Sorry, but I think that negative way of thinking in tarring all famous people with the same brush, and being prejudiced about them just because they are famous, and not being able to see them as human beings as distinct from the fame, is what is wrong with the world today.

      • naomi says:

        Sal, You misread my comment big time, and you are trying to twist my words into something which is not true, how dare you go so low? Do not go there. Saying that other people hide in ‘fear’ just because they don’t appreciate her? Are you guys all serious? You are another person who likes to fawn over movie stars and singers, just by saying you are ‘proud of Angelina’ shows its. I really don’t care if the celeb is Angelina Jolie or if its Kim Kardashian, Its disgusting to sing non-stop praises for these stars who have had it easy very easy in life . That is what is wrong with many people in the world. I would rather save my pity for those who struggle to put food on the table, have jobs where their life is at risk, who go through real hardships in life rather then some movie star or some singer or a reality tv star who have everything they want and need in life. You misread it big time.

  26. Moi says:

    I have two girls. My oldest was the pickiest eater I had ever seen (a junkatarian as we called her), and my youngest would/will try anything and loves healthy foods. My oldest started expecting a separate meal made for her at dinner time. I obliged for about half a year, then finally said “you either eat what I cook or you have to cook for yourself, and whatever you make has to include at least one vegetable or fruit”. My oldest is now one amazing cook. She did not like green vegetables, but would eat cold carrots (not cooked), and apples. So I kept plenty in stock. Now, she drinks wheatgrass shots and has pretty much become a health nut with an occasional junk food day.

    I would so love to do what Angelina does. I’ve volunteered here and there at food banks, etc. But I have been praying lately to be guided to a way where I can at least try to make a real difference and help. I’ve always felt a pull to do so. A way that can also coordinate with my busy life as a mom, with a high stress job, etc. I feel it can be done. I would not travel to volunteer/help and stay anywhere other than where those in need were/are living, or somewhere other than where the other volunteers/aides are staying. How else could you receive a true understanding of the situation and living conditions?

    Btw, I remember reading that BP was the cook of the family on this site a long time ago. So it seems they can simply both cook now. Alternate cooking shifts.

  27. DrFunkenstein says:

    Bravo! Now if she can just learn how to eat.

  28. dd says:

    Brad does cook. Angie has said so in interviews. She also said the family usually has breakfast together with no nannies. Brad cooks or they have cereal.

  29. Janet says:

    I remember Angie remarking in an interview a few years back that she was the world’s worst cook. She would tell Brad she wanted to fix breakfast for him and Brad would say, “Don’t”.

  30. Tellie says:

    None of these celebrities actually know how to cook anything; so its funny that most of them publish cookbooks.

  31. LAK says:

    I love William Hague. He’s found a role that suits him in terms of government.