As one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses, Angelina definitely has the power to pick and choose the projects she feels most strongly about. Angie chose A Mighty Heart years after meeting and befriending Mariane Pearl, the movie's protagonist. In this month's issue of Glamour, Angie and Mariane talk about the movie, their friendship, and their deep admiration for each other. Here are highlights:
On how they met:
MARIANE PEARL: One day a few years ago, I was alone in New York with Adam, still having a rough time [after Danny’s death]. I read an interview with Angie in a magazine, about her and Maddox and her life as a single mom. And I thought, this woman could be my friend…. I’d never experienced anything like that before in my life. It was something in her tone, in the answers that she gave. I felt also that Maddox and Adam [then both about three] could be good friends. So I sent her a note saying, do you want to have a playdate? We cooked pasta; it was actually good. And then we started talking about changing the world…
Angelina Jolie: …and about all the things we were passionate about. Her instincts were right—we did have so much in common. And all the kids are great friends now. Zahara is madly in love with Adam.
To read more about how Jolie felt playing Mariane, just read more
On playing Mariane in A Mighty Heart:
AJ: I was so nervous! I mean, it’s like you’re in a roomful of your closest friends and somebody says, “Why don’t you get up and imitate the friend to your left?” Nobody would want to do that, ever!…. Much more than how Mariane looks or acts, I wanted to express her essence. I’ve come to respect her so much as a hard-working person, a serious journalist, a great mom and an emotional, real woman, and I want the audience to connect with her the way I feel she deserves to be connected with. And that was hard, because I had to express the worst time in her life and [in the scene where Mariane is told of Danny’s death] the moment when she received the worst information of her life. It became the worst acting day of my life—and really, the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
Check out the entire Glamour article here. It doesn't surprise us that these two strong women were able to find a common bond on such a personal level. It sounds like Angie did really want to get this role right. We look forward to seeing if she did.