Jonny Lee Miller once jumped out of an airplane to impress ‘fearless’ Angelina Jolie

Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie got married in Las Vegas in 1996, but separated less than two years later and eventually divorced in 2000. The separation and divorce didn’t really change their relationship though – they remained very close and they’ve always had nothing but wonderful things to say about each other over the years. In 2021, I was convinced that they were on the verge of getting back together too – Angelina visited him in New York and, months later, he went to Beverly Hills, seemingly to have dinner with her and spend some time with her. I still want all of this to happen. Well, Jonny is currently in England, working on the stage in a play called A Mirror. He’s done more promotion for this play than he did for The Crown. He’s been asked about Angelina a few times – notably about the Harvey Weinstein issue – and once again, he’s been really lovely about Angelina. In a recent radio interview, he even brought up Angelina when discussing one of the craziest things he ever did to impress a lady.

Some of us choose flowers or chocolates, perhaps even an expensive meal, but Jonny Lee Miller admits he went several steps further while trying to impress a girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. Not without reason, given the girl in question was Angelina Jolie and Miller was an up-and-coming star who would find fame as Scottish junkie Sick Boy in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting when they decided to ditch the romantic dinner and go parachuting.

Recalling the episode during an appearance on Johnny Vaughan’s Radio X drivetime show, Miller, 51, admitted Jolie – his first wife – was behind their surprise visit to a southern Californian parachute school.

‘I was dating a young lady called Angelina and she said “let’s do something exciting this weekend” and “why don’t we go to Hemet, it’s just outside of LA, and jump out of an airplane?” I thought, “yeah of course sounds great!” She was cool as a cucumber, fearless that woman. And so, we did tandem jumps and I’m not going to lie, I found it terrifying but I did it anyway.’

Asked if he would do it again, he added: ‘No! I mean we actually did it three times, we did this programme where you do a bit more technical stuff each jump, and then we trained for a solo jump and then thank goodness it was too windy so we didn’t do the solo jump.’

The rare anecdote prompted Vaughan, who was presenting a regular drivetime item called The Things You Do For Love, to recall his own memory of Jolie and Miller’s outlandish habits during a past trip to Central America. He said: ‘I remember when we were in Costa Rica together, I never told you how alarmed I was at this, for some reason the knife that cuts the cocktail things was left on the counter. You chucked the knife and it went “boiinnnggg” and I said to you, “how come you throw knives?” and you said the same girl, “Me and Angelina we were in a hotel room when we were doing a Western or something and we used to spend the evening just knife throwing together.”

‘And I was like “what?!” And you were like, “we used to just shove the duvet in a cardboard box put the box down the end of the room and just chuck knives.” We were all nodding, cool girl. I thought that’s a night in. You’d say “we just used to love doing tequila and throwing knives.” I was thinking, what could possibly go wrong!’

[From The Daily Mail]

People really used to think that Angelina became this dark angel when she got together with Billy Bob Thornton, but no, she was a fearless adventurer/goth princess long before that. She really was a wild child, especially in the 1990s and the JLM years. She met a cute British boy, got him to move to America for her, then convinced him to jump out of planes and throw knives. He loved every minute of it though! GET BACK TOGETHER!!! PLEASE.

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  1. Barbiem says:

    The best I can do is a roller-coaster. No plane jumps for me. Miller is still a cutie pie

  2. Soapboxpudding says:

    God they were gorgeous together. I’m glad they’re still good friends. He seems like a real good egg.

  3. K8erade says:

    I know there were valid reasons for these two breaking up. I do. But I still think Angie leaving Jonny was beyond stupid and getting with Billy Bob was even stupider. Like any of us mortals, she went though a 7 year period of stupidity that seemed to end when she and Brad hooked up (at least that is what it seemed like at the time).

    • Raven says:

      He made it public recently that he was addicted to some really heavy drugs for years and got sober in 2012. I think that is the reason why they split

      • BQM says:

        Angie talked at the time, and later, about why they split.

        They had a fling during Hackers then a few months after filming reconnected. They dated for a few months then eloped because he was getting ready to go film. He was 22, she was 20. Then he was in England and she was in LA.

        She was open and said that she struggled to be present, be emotionally available even though she really wanted to be married. But she struggled with feeling like she was losing her identity to being A Wife. She said they never fought and never hurt each other.

        He’s said in the past that it became clear a decision would need to be made sooner rather than later and he just made it sooner.

        I’m sure drugs wouldn’t help but they were very young, barely dated, spent a lot of time apart and Angie, by her own words, wasn’t ready for the emotional commitment even though she wanted to be. They definitely seem to be the epitome of Right Person, Wrong Time.

      • BQM says:

        My hubby called me before I could edit this. 😆

        Angie also said that she wanted more for Jonny than she could give. That he deserved someone who could be there physically and emotionally. They lived together but had separate lives. And she was really busy with her career.

        She had been the one who’d thought maybe they should stay engaged but they decided to just make the leap. And she really wanted to be his wife., Years later, she didn’t rule out that they’d remarry someday. (This was pre Billy Bob, pre his marriage.)

        In 2004, she said that divorcing him was probably the dumbest thing she ever did but they were just too young. But he was the greatest husband anyone could ask for.

        If both their marriage and his drug use, then in its earlier stages, had continued it may have become a bigger issue. But they had separated almost two years even before their divorce. And they were apart for a good deal of their actual marriage.

      • Ivy says:

        Good point BQM. It was probably for the best they broke up when they did. It sounds like he really didn’t get clean for good until after his second marriage. They have been able to cherish their friendship though

  4. Kokiri says:

    Now this is a love story for the ages.

    Forget ben&jen2, this is the one we al need to rekindle.

    They adore each other. I beg them, please get back together.

  5. Pinkosaurus says:

    I am 100% on board with any woman who is done with marriage and happy to be on her own. However, if she were looking to get back in a committed relationship, I would love to see these two back together! Be the next Benifer!

    Hackers is such a great fun cheesy movie.

  6. Lurker25 says:

    I’m so here for these reunion love stories! I would stan so hard for them to get back together. He’s as intense as she is, just more quietly, and they both seem to have matured and weathered life….🥹🫶🏾🫶🏾🫶🏾

    (Though the very superficial side of me is desperately hoping he’s not totally bald. Those pics with shaven head – not hot. He has a very pointy, cartoonishly egg shaped cranium.)

  7. bettyrose says:

    I’d jump out of a plane for a chance with either of them. They can find me right here if that’s of interest to them.

  8. BQM says:

    I’ve always loved them. Sigh. I remember when they got married. She wore black leather pants (with a garter he out on her) with a zipper that ran from front to back and infamously wrote his name on the back of her T shirt in her blood. (He wore black leather and stick a veil on her head last minute.) No, it definitely didn’t start with Billy Bob. 😆

  9. D says:

    Young love!!

  10. Ivy says:

    Is it just wishful thinking or is he talking about her a lot recently! Add me on the list for wanting another bennifer type reunion with these two!