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Angie and Mariane Open Up Their Mighty Hearts

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

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.

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JKe895 JKe895 10 years
Crazy! Reading that gave me goosebumps.
Drewsfan Drewsfan 10 years
Aww. It's a shame more celebrities can't be more like this.
EdwinaTheLovely EdwinaTheLovely 10 years
^^^ scratch "choosing to agree with them" since that is not what you did.
EdwinaTheLovely EdwinaTheLovely 10 years
figurine, I apologize if you feel I was insulting you in any way, or upbraiding you. I sincerely didn't mean that to happen or come off sounding that way. I still contend that some would like it to be not as MP stated, and choosing to agree with them without evidence to back it up led me to maybe sound not how I intended. Again, sorry.
figurine figurine 10 years
EdwinaTheLovely: I was just keeping the options open. Now that I have actually pondered over this I do believe that Angelina and Mariane met in 2004 since it is stated in the interview that Maddox and Adam were both "about three" and that Angelina was a single mother and was not yet involved with Brad. So, there you have my updated opinion. :D
EdwinaTheLovely EdwinaTheLovely 10 years
Figurine, with all due, IMO it does take away from it because to say, "maybe it did happen that way" suggests that Marianne Pearl is telling a lie and using Glamour "her employer" to do it. Please don't let people who must always without fail assert something negative because they have issues about Angelina, Brad or both. The woman said what happened, and she has given me no reason to ponder another version, and until there is proof positive of another version, why even reduce the story to what others would like it to be, which is that of a false account. I'd like to think she has much more pressing issues in her life than spending time re-creating how she met her friend or when. JMHO
andaman andaman 10 years
figurine i would be happy to meet aj too. I have several questions (same with most people) about how she came to be who she is. She's fascinating but I would never let aj near my boyfriend or my husband though, lol. She likes taken men. If they aren't taken she's not interested..:)
figurine figurine 10 years
Even if Brad did set up the play date (which I think may very well be true, couldn't find anything about it on People's website but it could have just been a blurb in their printed edition), it doesn't take away from the fact that Mariane seems to have felt a connection with Angelina when she read one of her interviews and that she genuinely wanted to meet her. I wish I knew someone who could hook me up with Angelina. And I've read the whole interview, it's a good read alright. No one of them knew how to cook pasta when they first met. :D
RainbowCrayon RainbowCrayon 10 years
That's all it takes? Asking Aj if she wants to have a play date, Well hell I can do that.
andaman andaman 10 years
Never ever trust Brad Pitt I would say :) tmeeka. We all know what happened before.
andaman andaman 10 years
It sounds like they are good friends. Good on them. I have my reservation about that play date thing but hey they seem to get along.
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
this really isnt a "circulated story" this was actually written by marianne pearl. she has a column in glamour. its unfortunate that without the tragedy of danile pearl, we would not even know who marianne pearl is. she is such an amazing woman and has led an amazing life. her sense of purpose and sens of integrity stand out in everything she writes. i am excited to see this movie because i think its important for us to still be talking about 9/11 and daniel pearl and how our country has changed because of this. if we put away until its "appropriate" than that will only lead to apathy and we will be right back where we started, waking up to a television filled with the death and destruction of terrorism wouldnt it be good if we could hop a flight to anywhere,so long to this life, so much fun pretending, cause bad luck's never endin
ilek ilek 10 years
Thanks Edwina for asking for that link as I'd like to see the link to that story in People as well. Lots of stories are circulated about Brad and Angelina almost daily and 99.9% are not true.
EdwinaTheLovely EdwinaTheLovely 10 years a link to that People article doable?
EdwinaTheLovely EdwinaTheLovely 10 years
Thanks Pop.
siouxsie siouxsie 10 years
wow..if that's true definitely not seeing this shiz...
tmeeka tmeeka 10 years
I thought they met for the first time in 2005. People magazine said that it was Brad that set up the play date, because he wanted Ms. Pearl to meet Angie. They even have a picture of them together. That would coincide with the fact that they said they met when the boys were three. So they both need to stop acting as if it was a huge surprise that they met. Brad wanted Angie to get the part so he made sure she got it and he knew the public wpuld accept it more if Ms.Pearl gave her approval.
Jennie Jennie 10 years
I hope this is as good as it's looking to be.
GeminiDolly GeminiDolly 10 years
Sounds like a real good interview. I had no idea Angelina and Mariane were friends before. Some of the criticism Angelina gets is that she has no girl friends. Well, thanks Mariane for setting that nonsense out the door. They may not go tanning together, but "changing the world" is good enough.
poisonivy poisonivy 10 years
...Just wanted to add, Jolie seems to have a lot more in common with Pearl as they both seem very committed to world issues and humanitarian causes. Unlike Aniston. So I'm happy how things worked out.
poisonivy poisonivy 10 years
Wasn't Aniston set out to do this movie when Brad and her were a couple? I much prefer Jolie though in this part as she's a better actress and has a real friendship and understanding of Pearl.
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
It must feel like a real honor for Angelina to play Mariane.
winelvr winelvr 10 years
If you had done a "Guess who" on this I would have sworn AJ was talking with Minnie Driver-looks just like her!!
gossipqueen gossipqueen 10 years
Well said Jillness! Some people sadly are just to negative and jaded...oh wait..."real".. Love Angie, I hope they're happy with the final product.
ilek ilek 10 years
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the interview and watching the movie. I’m sure Angelina will do a great job and might get an Oscar nom out of it.
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