Written by Oluwatoyin Adeleye
Anyone who has been following the story of Hollywood’s former power couple, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (tagged Bradgelina), would know that it has been a tumultuous recent times for them.
While they are still working on the terms of their divorce settlement, Jolie, who has filed for full custody of their six children (3 adopted and 3 biological), has moved into her first real home in years.
She was only four days into her new LA mansion, when Vanity Fair visited her for her cover story.
Angelina Jolie makes the cover for the magazine’s September issue and she spoke at length about her new life as a single mother and how she juggles this with acting, directing, humanitarian work, and guest-lecturing on women’s rights at the London School of Economics.
The 42-year-old actress admits that, “It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air. [This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family.”
Jolie admits she just cannot sit still, and so has to constantly be working, especially on humanitarian projects.
Evgenia Peretz admits that the A-list actress, was surprisingly more normal than was expected of someone who lived in Los Feliz house—an 11,000-square-foot Beaux-Arts mansion once owned by the epic filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille.
“She’s not a celestial goddess. She’s not the high-and-mighty do-gooder. She’s not the intense control freak—or at least not obviously so. She comes across, rather, as normal-person friendly and practical, even chitchatty. She explains the deal with the big empty mansion. She moved into this space just four days ago with her six kids. It wasn’t for the prestigious history or the architecture. She needed a good place fast, somewhere secluded, with a lot of rooms; this one, which was listed for around $25 million, has six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms,” Peretz wrote.
As it happens, the personal trauma has coincided with her most personal film yet. Jolie has directed a moving, large-scale adaptation of First They Killed My Father, Loung Ung’s 2000 memoir of the Khmer Rouge genocide, in which Ung’s parents and two of her siblings perished, along with an estimated two million other Cambodians, a quarter of the country’s population.
Shot entirely in Cambodia, and in the Khmer language, the film, a Netflix original, is the largest production the country has witnessed since the war, and according to the reports of several Cambodians who’ve seen it, it’s one of the most revelatory pieces of art about that chapter in the country’s history, a history that’s still difficult for Cambodians to discuss.
She takes her children on her various missions across the world, imbibing in them values that are similar to hers, as regards humanity.
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Read more about her story and how Ung has now become Jolie’s closest friend and on whose shoulders she cried on in Vanity Fair Magazine.
Photography: Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
Styling: Jessica Diehl.
Credit: Vanity Fair.