As part of the events taking place around World Refugee Day (June 20th), Angelina attended multiple events in Washington and participated in a handful of interviews. The most hyped interview was with Anderson Cooper, on AC 360. Originally, Angelina and Hillary Clinton were supposed to be interviewed together, but Hillary’s elbow was Team Aniston, so Hillary had to drop out. For fun, I thought I’d give my minute-to-minute account of Angelina’s interview – the first she’s done in months and months.
9:57 The end of Larry King’s never-ending Jonas Brothers interview. They sing a song called “Paranoid” and I need a drink. Larry King looks like he needs “Dateline: Predator” to step in.
10:00 Iran first, then a good clip of Angelina getting emotional talking about refugees. Then Anderson is going to be talking about marijuana. Good line-up.
10:01 Damn, dead Continental pilot is first. So sad. His widow sounds distraught.
10:03 “Is Iran Collapsing?” So many of these Iranian protesters are old enough to remember the first revolution. The protests are enormous. Be safe, Iranians.
10:12 Another Angelina clip. Good makeup, good hair. She says that some of her kids come from areas of “conflict”. She’s talking about France, I bet.
10:20 Maybe I should give myself a haircut while I’m waiting. I need a trim. Scissors plus two Scotches = not a good idea.
10:28 Angelina! Anderson prefaces interview by saying that “two months” of preparation went into the ordeal, and then Hillary’s elbow had to turn Team Aniston, et cetera. He also tells a story about his plane getting hit by lightning, the stewardess grabbing a barf bag, and that’s why Angelina is being interviewed via satellite rather than Silver Fox-to-Bumble-Lips.
10:29 Angelina says Pakistan is the biggest refugee concern right now. Somewhere between 1.5 to 2.5 million displaced in the past few years. Angelina alludes to terrorism, something, puts the blame on the Taliban.
10:30 Afghanistan in crisis… aid workers in danger, aid workers in Afghanistan and Pakistan can’t get to the people they’re trying to help.
10:31 Anderson asks Angelina who she remembers. She tells a story about a paralyzed refugee boy who was “full of laughter” but he dies a year after she met him. She gets emotional talking about “what an extraordinary man he would have been” and how there are millions like him.
10:33 Angelina tells a story about an 8-year-old girl in Tanzania who saved her little brother, fed him, got him medical attention and got him to the camps. The girl had “seen the worst” but one year later she was doing better.
10:34 Angelina talks about how her experiences with refugees gave her different priorities with her own kids. She wants her kids to appreciate their lives and education. Math is important. I was really good at calculus, maybe I should be a Jolie-Pitt.
10:35 Asked about Laura Ling and Euna Lee, Angelina says she “feels for their families” but avoids making any hyper-political stand.
10:36 Angelina says that they celebrate the kids’ birthdays “all year-round.” Anderson prefaces a question about MORE BABIES by saying that people on his staff want to know… yeah, people on his staff with names that rhyme with “Banderson Blooper”. Angelina says blah blah “never say never” and “we love kids” and something about being hungry for More. Delicious. Babies. The Coop might need to get off Jolie’s jock.
10:38 Seriously, should I cut my hair?
10:39 Why the f-ck isn’t Europe getting all up in Pakistan’s grill, asks The Coop to the La Jolie. Jolie is all “I don’t know, but they better recognize.” Actually, she says Pakistan is “the front line” and needs “stability” and she uses a great colloquialism for all of the “farmers” who are refugees – I believe she called them “agricultural refugees” or something. She’s so funny.
10:40 And that’s the end. Part of Jolie’s interview is used to introduce my CNN boyfriend Nic Robertson and his special report from Pakistan. It’s fairly devastating.
All in all, a good appearance and good interview for Angelina. It’s good that Anderson didn’t give her a full hour or anything, he just did a short, quick, intensive interview that was very informative, for me at least.