Jolie is intrigue. The gaze of her eyes command attention,
and the twinkle they hide cause everyone who sees Jolie to look
harder. There are very few actors who match her beauty - it is
entirely unique. There are very few actors who match her intrigue
- from her starring roles down to the smallest roles she's performed,
audiences wonder 'Who's that girl?'. There are very few actors
who match her controversey - her speech at the Oscars thanking
her brother launched rumors abound of their "romantic involvement."
But most importantly, there are very few actors who match Angelina
Jolie's raw talent. Three Golden Globes, one Oscar, and she's
not even thirty yet.
Angelina Jolie is intrigue. The gaze of her eyes
command attention, and the twinkle they hide cause everyone who
sees Jolie to look harder. There are very few actors who match her
beauty - it is entirely unique. There are very few actors who match
her intrigue - from her starring roles down to the smallest roles
she's performed, audiences wonder 'Who's that girl?'. There are
very few actors who match her controversey - her speech at the Oscars
thanking her brother launched rumors abound of their "romantic
involvement." But most importantly, there are very few actors
who match Angelina Jolie's raw talent. Three Golden Globes, one
Oscar, and she's not even thirty yet.
By age 16, Angelina moved out on her own and began
modeling. She grabbed a few spots, and also had parts in music videos,
most notably the Rolling Stones. She began film studies at the New
York University (also where Adam Sandler had just graduated). She
soon gave up on school and began working with the Met Theatre Group
in Los Angeles. Angelina was not yet certain that acting was what
she wanted out of life, but she definitely thought it sparked an
interest. "I loved some kind of expression ... I'm very good
at trying to explore different emotions and listen to people and
feel things. That is an actor, I think."
By 1993, Angelina had decided to pursue acting
full time. A forgetable first role in Cyborg II: Glass Shadow followed,
but soon thereafter Angelina nabbed a role in Hackers, alongside
Matthew Lillard and Jonny Lee Miller. The film got good reviews
for Angelina, but incredibly bad reviews for the film. Regardless,
Angelina got her first husband. She and Jonny Lee hit it off, and
they married soon after. The wedding had Angelina wearing leather
pants and a white t-shirt with her husband's name written in blood
on her back. But, blood apparently wasn't thicker than water. Within
a year, the two were separated, but their divorce wasn't finalized
A slew of underappreciated and impressive roles
followed, most notably in the Joyce Carol Oates adaptation of Foxfire,
a film about females rising up to the taunts and repression of their
But then came George Wallace. Gary Sinise played
a large role in the film which received a great deal of critical
acclaim, as did Angelina. A Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress
and an Emmy nomination later, and Angelina was suddenly the talk
of the town. But it was her starring role in HBO's Gia (based on
the life of model Gia Carangi) that skyrocketed her to success.
The film was a huge hit, both with audiences and critics alike.
Another Golden Globe, this for Best Actress, followed, as well as
another Emmy nomination.
Pushing Tin, The Bone Collector, and Playing By
Heart followed each receiving mixed reviews, but all coming back
with one thing in common : Angelina was excellent. She carried both
Pushing Tin and The Bone Collector, and her and Ryan Phillippe were
simply captivating in Playing By Heart. But, it was Girl, Interrupted,
a film that was supposed to relaunch Winona Ryder, that in fact
catapulted Angelina into superstardom. She won an Oscar, stole the
film out from under Winona, and was quickly established as the actress
But with fame, also comes the scrutiny of the public
eye. Her devotion to her brother lead to ludicrous rumors of romantic
involvement which undermined everything beautiful about her relationship
with her brother (James Haven). Then, she married actor Billy Bob
Thorton (formerly involved with Laura Dern) after an alleged mental
Regardless, there are very few actors who command
the attention, respect, and awe of entire audiences. Angelina is
an actress for the ages, and personal problems or not, one of the
most interesting and real actors in Hollywood.
"Therapy? I don't need that. The roles that
I choose are my therapy."
"Because I am a bad girl, people always automatically
think that I am a bad girl. Or that I carry a dark secret with me
or that I'm obsessed with death. The truth is that I am probably
the least morbid person one can meet. If I think more about death
than some other people, it is probably because I love life more
than they do."
"You're young, you're drunk, you're in bed,
you have knives; shit happens."
"And my dad, you're a great actor but you're
a better father."
(On if she ever caught her husband Billy Bob Thornton
cheating) "I've told Billy if I ever caught him cheating, I
wouldn't kill him because I love his children and they need a dad.
But I would beat him up. I know where all of his sports injuries
are. And I'd beat her, too!"
"I'll make it real simple, I'm a 36-C. In
the game, she's a double-D. In the movie, she's a D. We split the
difference...[the movie Croft] is much more athletic, and she has
smaller breasts, but she's still Lara Croft, so there."
"I seem to be getting a lot of things pushed
my way that are strong women. It's like people see Hackers and they
send me offers to play tough women with guns, the kind who wear
no bra and a little tank top. I'd like to play strong women who
are also very feminine."
"I'd like to believe that the people that
have supported me in my work or identified with me in films, the
people that feel they know me, they do and they don't have misconceptions
- they understand. I believe that."
"I'm angry. I'm sad. It's a very difficult
and sad time. It was a real deep connection, a deep marriage, so
it's not that simple to say this or that one thing caused the problems.
It's clear to me that our priorities shifted overnight. He's focused
on his music and career. I'm focused on my baby. It comes down to
what's important to you." - on her split from husband Billy
"There's something about death that is comforting.
The thought that you could die tommorrow frees you to appreciate
life now." - People Magazine 8 July 1996
"I felt that if I lived at that time, with
the dangers she had and the threats she had and the lack of power
she had as a woman, I would not have been that different from her.
And I thought I also just saw her as a mother who really would push
her son at a time that if he didn't get the throne, he didn't acquire
a certain kind of strength and ability and greatness, he would probably
just die or be killed or be exiled. So out of concern, out of love
for your own, just to come from this place that seems very much
like the horrible mafia father, but in fact it was for his own survival
that she was focused on, which made it very easy for me to focus
on thinking of my own son and what he had to do to protect himself
from bad things that could hurt him." - on playing Olympias
in Alexander (2004).
"If you don't get out of the box you've been
raised in, you won't understand how much bigger the world is."
On the superficiality of the industry: "We
are setting an example of what we think is beautiful and you really
want to put that much make up on me?"
"You might never find out that you are useful
for all the right reasons - and not all those stupid things that
people tell you you're useful for."
"My role as goodwill ambassador has made my
work as a film star relatively dull. I can't find anything that
interests me enough to go back to work. I'm simply not excited about
anything. I'm not excited about going to a film set." (CNN
International Edition 29th January, 2005)