WSJ Magazine hosted its fifth annual Innovator Awards at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, honouring seven trailblazing talents, one of which was Angelina Jolie-Pitt, who was bestowed with the Entertainment/Film Innovator of the Year.
Robert De Niro presented the actress with the award during the event.
Hollywood icon, humanitarian, director, activist and more, the mom of six opens up in the magazine’s November issue, revealing why she suffered from depression as a teen, the challenges behind shooting her new film with husband Brad Pitt and the Jolie-Pitt family dynamic.
“I grew up in L.A., where focus is very inward,”; Jolie-Pitt says candidly of her teenage years. “I didn’t know why I was so destructive and miserable. I didn’t appreciate or understand my life.”;
“I was raised in a place where, if you have time and money and you’re decent-looking and have the ability to work in this industry, you have everything in the world,”; she adds. “They attain those things and realize you couldn’t be more empty. I didn’t know where to put myself.”;
“It was not easy,”; she says of filming “By The Sea”;. “We just had to be brave and say, “OK, honey, we’re strong enough to do this; let’s somehow use this to make us stronger,”; she says.
Continuing on, Jolie-Pitt reveals “we had to stay in our corners, like boxers, and not be husband and wife. It was very hard to do those scenes without Brad and I taking care of each other. Normally in between takes, you’d make sure that the other’s OK, but we had to be able to really get ugly.”;
And her actor-husband mirrors his wife’s thoughts, sharing the couple’s dynamic on set. “Being a couple, we have that shorthand that can be communicated in a look,”; he says. “Conversely, it means I knew immediately if she felt a take stunk.”;
“That this became our honeymoon is just f**king funny,”; Pitt adds.
It wasn’t just their relationship that they brought to the Malta set, the couple brought their brood along as well.
“We wake up, we make breakfast,”; Jolie-Pitt tells the magazine about what happens in her home life. “In our domestic life, we’re Mom and Dad. And often we’re dorky Mom and Dad, which the kids find ridiculous.”;
“When Angie has a day off, the first thing she does is get up and take the kids out,”; Pitt adds. “This is the most important “to do’ of the day. No matter how tired she might be, she plans outings for each and all. She has an incredible knack for inventing crazy experiences for them, something new, something fresh.”;
Adding, “I may be the bigger good of the pair, but she invents the stage.”;
For more of Angelina Jolie-Pitt’s interview with WSJ Magazine, pick up a copy when it hits newsstands November 7 or hit up their website.