Some sites have gotten more advanced quotes from Angelina Jolie’s Vanity Fair profile. The full cover article is online today (but you have to buy it). Since I’m cheap, I’m just going with the excerpts I can find for free. Like this absolutely adorable story, which is about Maddox Jolie-Pitt’s girlfriend. Do you remember that? Angelina told Entertainment Tonight back in May that then-12-year-old Maddox had a little girlfriend in England. And during the course of the VF interview – which took place during the Summit To End Sexual Violence in Conflict over the summer – Zahara comes in to tattle-tale on her brother:
While speaking with the Unbroken star for Vanity Fair”s December issue, author Janine Di Giovanni was lucky enough to witness a sweet family moment, which occurred while Angie, along with her hubby and brood of six, were in London, where the humanitarian gave a moving speech at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. After dining out for sushi with her family, the author writes how Jolie returned to hotel to kick back and “eat tortilla chips while watching the World Cup on the telly.”
“Her daughter Zahara wanders in and leans over, ‘What honey?’ Jolie asks her,” the mag details. “With their faces pressed close together, Zahara shares a secret, prompting a laugh. Later, Jolie says in a mock-staged whisper, ‘She said Mad and his girlfriend are kissing.'”
What we now know: Maddox is a lady’s man. Angelina and Brad let Maddox invite his girlfriend over and they leave Madd and Girlfriend unchaperoned, sort of. And we also know that Zahara is The All-Seeing Eye of the Jolie-Pitt family. Zahara knows EVERYTHING. And she likes to gossip. Perhaps Zahara = the gossiping gerbils of doom, all this time?
VF also included an interesting passage where they spoke to Japanese pop star Miyavi, who is like the Justin Bieber/Timberlake of Japan. Miyavi makes his film debut in Unbroken, playing the violent psychopath guard Matsuhiro Watanabe, also known as The Bird (that’s what the POWs called him). Miyavi had to portray The Bird’s torture and abuse of POWs and he says he found the whole thing devastating:
“It was awful torture for me to hate the other actors—I had to have hatred for them. When I had to beat them, I had to think about protecting my family. At the same time, I didn’t want to be just a bad guy. I wanted to put humanity in this role. [Matsuhiro] was both crazy and sadistic, but also weak and traumatized. It’s a story that is still painful for my country. But [Angelina] told me she wanted to make a bridge between all countries that had conflict. She was very persuasive.” And after filming some of the more violent scenes, “I couldn’t stop crying,” he admitted.
I think this is going to be a tearjerker all around, although I only cried once while reading the book, and that was right after the plane went down (no spoilers!). As for Miyavi in particular – The Bird is a juicy role and Oscar loves a good villain. Some people think Miyavi might end up with a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nod. That would be interesting. If Domnhall Gleeson is really killing it as Phil, I kind of wonder if he wouldn’t be more worthy of the Oscar nom though. VF also has Angelina talking about getting to know Louis Zamperini in his last years, and the last time they saw each other before his passing: “I was more emotional than he was. I went in to take care of him—and he was taking care of me.” Aw.
Here’s a portrait of the Unbroken cast, done by VF a little while back. Hedlund’s got some thunder, right?
Photos courtesy Vanity Fair.
It will be funny once they get older and start giving interviews — you know they’ll be actors/models/DJ’s/etc…. And they all are bound to have beef with one or two of their siblings.
“you know they’ll be actors/models/DJ’s/etc…”
I;m hoping they won’t… that’s what all the kids of famous and famewh****g people do, I think theirs might turn out differently.
Why would they give interviews?
Except their upbringing is totally un-Hollywood. In fact the places they call home are often very far from Hollywood and in every way that we can define “Hollywood”. Mad’s girlfriend is British and he attends lycee francais. In addition both he and his siblings are probably around kids from ALL walks of life. Social gatherings of their parents include political and humanitarian folks as well as any Hollywood types. So it is no given that they are naturally going to follow their parents’ acting careers. In fact if any of their kids chose humanitarian causes to dedicate their lives to I am sure their parents would be up for subsidizing them. I have this feeling they would be encouraged to aspire to a higher calling.
Interesting. I would think they would be educated, Ivy League scholars who contributed to the world and gave back as concerned global citizens. No snark at all.
Yes, I see them educated and intelligent. A la the mold of Ronan Farrow.
Sure, some might become actors, especially I see that in Vivienne who already seems to have a flair for the dramatic. But, I can’t imagine that children with so much worldliness and exposure to real human suffering would grow up to become druggie club kids ‘spinning records’ just like Paris Hilton.
It’s a nice fantasy, but remember, all they know is the spotlight. Most Hollywood children are very well educated, meeting some of the most intelligent and celebrated minds in the world due to their family connections. Ronan Farrows are few and far between. And even he seeks fame above all else.
But look at Ronan Farrow. Incredibly smart man, could do pretty much anything he likes, has chosen a flashy role in media and can be pretty fame-whorey about it.
The celeb kids who get away from the cliche are the ones who are never in the spotlight, the ones whose names you don’t even know. The Jolie-Pitt kids are little celebrities. So much is known about them. It would be hard to enter the ‘real world’ with all that out there and very easy to go down the usual path.
Idk, their parents aren’t educated and are very very rich, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they forgo college. Maybe they’ll just be board members of the family charity.
But I thought she doesn’t eat? Lol.
I thought she didn’t watch television! Well maybe not the politics stuff
Someone needs to watch the “Tattletale” episode of Brady Bunch.
but where’s the Kitty Carryall?!…
Every family has “The Informer”.
thanks…now i have that terrible song stuck in my head.
“a licky boom-boom down” came into my head as soon as I read that.
Darn you Jaderu…
OH crap. Okay, when I saw Sara’s comment I wasn’t sure what she meant. Now I see it was THAT SONG! Ahh it’s a crime against humanity.
I am so so Sorry!!
That’s what little sisters do,”rat you out” to your parents.Since his girlfriend lives in England he has probably only seen her two or three times this year.According to the article this incident occurred after the Summit.I recall Brad and Angie only took Maddox and Zahara aka The Informer on that trip.
Yes, what’s the point of having siblings if they don’t tattle on you? Siblings are eyes and ears for parents. Haha.
Haha, I’ve always liked Zahara.
In that group picture-top right guy, is that Dandy from American Horror Story? He’s cute.
i’d be interested how Unbroken will be received in Japan, especially since WW2 is not the most popular subject in that nation; and that here the Japanese is once again put in the role of agressor something that they try very hard to put behind them.
i read somewhere that some of Miyavi’s fans are already not happy with him playing the bad guy. (well not heard , but read… mostly on Tumblr where there’s a lot of chestbeating and gnashing of teeth on many many subjects)
my only apprehension is that the movie will be simply not that good. Angelina is lovely and has good intensions, but from what she did with “The land of blood and honey” it seems the product might be raw and one-dimensional.
Maddox is what, 13(?) – an age not notable for wanting your parents telling the world about your first steps into romantic entanglement. Why not let the poor kid have his privacy?
Parents embarrass their teenagers.He will get over it.She didn’t identify the girlfriend.I watch Live with Kelly and Michael almost everyday she shares an embarrassing story involving her teenage kids.Is it fair ? Life isn’t fair.
We know very little about Maddox besides he has a girlfriend and Brad just said he is a PA on By the Sea.Hell we have never even heard his voice.Until a year ago he never attended a premiere.He will survive his mom letting it slip he has a girlfriend.
+1 I would be mortified if I was Maddox, but then again I get embarrassed really easily.
I agree. It’s a really cute story, but I don’t think I would have shared it with a magazine.
Agreed, I can see the teenage tantrum coming.
Right? Major TMI, absolutely no need to share that with a magazine.
I like that VF picture handsome group of people.
I have brothers.. I spied on them all the time. Knew all their secrets.. even when they didn’t know. They paid me to keep quiet.. LOL.
I enjoy reading about their family dynamic. They don’t tell a lot about the kids but the tiny tidbits here and there are cute to hear about.
i just cant wait for unbroken…… December 25th cant come soon enough for me 🙂
Me neither. The book was fantastic. I can’t wait to see what Angelina’s done with it.
Exactly am also very curious to see what she did with the movie
Me too, I’d like to see it for Angelina’s sake. Not my scene really, but I didn’t know Domhnall Gleeson’s in it, and I’m a great fan of the Gleesons.
( It’s the same for ‘Fury’….I don’t go for war movies, I’m too weedy…and it seems kinda disrespectful to veterans etc, to see it just to ogle Brad Pitt! But I’m sure I’ll conquer my scruples in the name of research)
Love the little story about Zahara, and it has the added boggle-factor of picturing Angelina relaxing by watching the footie! Who’d have guessed?!
I think the cast she put together is so interesting. She could’ve gone ‘hollywood’ on us, and cast a lot of more known actors (who I’m sure would walk through hot coals to be associated with her–even if the movie is crap), but I’m glad that she shows initiative in casting. We always see the same faces. I hadn’t even heard of any of the cast–except for Domhall Gleeson (because he’s in the HP movies) until it was announced.
Jai COutrney! ♥
Man, this movie is going to CRUSH the Oscars this year!! I can’t wait to see it~I had a Great Uncle that was killed on/during the Bataan Death March, so this hits very close to home for me. The Brangeloonie force remains strong with me~I just love this family; I am unendingly fascinated with the Jolie, and think that in addition to being the sexiest man on the planet Brad Pitt just happens to be the luckiest as well.
I agree with yourr whole comment dear
I pray it crushes the Oscars but our early predictions might not help matters here 😉
Since when does she have blue eyes? I thought they were green.
They photoshopped her eye color because everyone wants blue eyes.NOT
Of all of the Jolie-Pitt children, I think I like Zee the best. The rest of the kids can wander off into their own lives (I see Shiloh and Pax as grown-ups working for the family Foundation) but I hope we always have Zee in the soft glow of the limelight (not the harsh glare). She always makes me smile, even when she is throwing fantastic side-eye.
We know most about the four eldest who all seem. I remember Jolie mentioning in an interview that Maddox is very bright and that he wanted to be a writer. However, that can change, I went through a ton of different career dreams before I settled for art history, which is a field that allows for bringing in all sorts of different areas and perspectives.
Shiloh seems quite the character and it looks like she marches to the beat of her own drum.
Pax, apparently, likes to cook, which I find very sweet.
Zahara is, I suspect, all sorts of fabulous!
LOL I can just hear that little tattle-tale now: “Madd and whats-her-name sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G…”
Hate such oscar buzz over a movie nobody has seen!! It is such a long way down if it doesn’t live up to expectations. It twists my insides up whenever I read this talk because I know so many are just ready to tear her down if it is not perfect. Really hoping it does extremely well and is well reviewed. This does seem to be Angelina’s year!
And I highly doubt the kids see the magazine articles on their parents. They block their names from google searches etc and it’s not like the kids are going off on their own magazine shopping. Especially since every article still seems to refer to “blood vial wearing former wild child possible marriage interferer” at some point. I wonder just how much they have told the kids about their public perceptions?
I too have been a bit leery of all the Oscar buzz talk for Unbroken. Don’t get me wrong, I like AJ a lot and will be at the cinema on X-mas day to see it but I wish the expectations weren’t quite so high. I hope she does a good job but I can’t help but feel that they’re building her up to tear her down. I truly hope I’m wrong about this.
So…Not to be bitchy but as a long time Miyavi fan(I spent my teenage years being in love with that devil) I have to say that the Justin something thing is not accurate. Miyavi is and he’s always been a rock star, an impeccable guitar player and terrible but still charming singer.
And I am really happy that Angelina chose somebody like him for her movie…
Preach it! I was lucky enough to see him live and his guitar skills were even more crazy awesome in person. I love me some MYV.
I’ve known Miyavi from his days in due le Quartz and he’s definitely come a long way! I also snickered a little at the Justin timberlake comparison. Definitely inaccurate though I’ve not follow any japanese music as of late…
I also came to say that comparing Miyavi to Justine or Bieber is just wrong. Like many others have said, he is not a POP star but a really respected guitarist and rock star. I am happy he is taking on new challenges but yes, this role must have been hard to portray. I admire him for taking it on despite what his hardcore fans not liking it.
I’ve been a fan since high school, too, and was finally able to see him live in concert this year (on my birthday, even!) He kept speaking to the crowd in Japan in English (sometimes I wonder about him!) but he was delightfully snarky and awesome.
I think I’d disagree with you on the terrible singer part, though. I like his voice; it’s unique 🙂
But yeah, comparing him to JT/JB is extremely weird. First of all, I don’t think the majority of Japanese people even know who he is; they always give me blank looks when I say I like him. The teeny boppers may have a slight idea who he is now because he wrote songs for Johnny’s idols Yamapi and SMAP. But really, I think he’s much more famous internationally than in his own country.
I just read the scans from the interview. So interesting and so adult. Nothing superficial or catty. Nothing about silliness or attacking others. Just a nice adult piece. I am so looking forward to the film Unbroken when it is released.
“Hedlund’s got some thunder, right?”
Is this a reference to his career? Or to what’s going on in his pants in that photo?
that was a nice photo 🙂
AJ put a party on for the cast & crew while in Sydney so she could see Miyavi play, somehow I managed to go- pretty incredible. Miyavi was such a sweetheart and I lost it when he played. So sexy. Angelina and Maddox were down the front dancing the whole time.
Can’t wait to see this film- it seemed as though the cast & crew were incredibly bonded over the experience. She worked with real returned servicemen as extras and apparently made the time to get to know each of them
That is so awesome to hear. I like that most everyone who comes in contact with Angelina has nothing but kind things to say about her.