“60 Minutes” aired its interview with Angelina Jolie on Sunday night and attempted to show a side of Jolie that — after years of intense study of Jolie-ology — we somehow missed. But the 13-minute segment, which can be watched via the video below, didn’t, really.
The interview — pegged to the upcoming release of Jolie’s directorial effort “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” which focuses on the war in Bosnia during the 1990s — mostly rehashed tidbits about the Oscar winner’s life that we already knew.
As previously noted in this blog, we learned that Jolie lived through some dark times and is very thankful that she didn’t die young. When reporter Bob Simon pressed her to elaborate, Jolie would only say, “I think people can imagine that I did the most dangerous and I did the worst, and I, for many reasons, I shouldn’t be here.”
The interview also conveyed more previously known facts abut Jolie, including:
— The fact that she toyed with a becoming a funeral director after her grandfather’s death.
— That she and ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton wore vials of each other’s blood around their necks. This was breaking news back in the year 2000.
— That she is now a humanitarian and U.N. Ambassador who no longer wears vials of blood around her neck. Or at least not publicly.
— That Jolie is still a bad girl, despite her do-gooding ways. “You know, I still have that side of me that is, it’s just, it’s in its place now,” she said. “It belongs, it, you know, it belongs to Brad. Or it belongs to our adventures.” This comment has predictably spurred several celebrity blogs to run items with headlines like “Angelina Jolie is still a bad girl for Brad Pitt.” Some of those headlines even include exclamation points.
— That she finds tabloids shallow: “They’re not who I am, they’re not what I spend my day caring about,” she said. “ I find them quite shallow and often very wrong when I do hear about what they are.”
— That she plans to direct another film about war, this time focused on the conflict in Afghanistan. (This was actually somewhat new information.)
— That discussing her mother, a woman who she says was “better than me,” makes her cry. This was the most genuinely emotional part of the interview. If you want to skip all the Jolie rehash and just watch that moment, you can find it at the 11-minute mark in the video below.
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