Angelina Jolie might seem like Wonder Woman, but turns out, there’s one thing she didn’t know how to do: cook. With six kids to feed, that sounds like a bit of a problem – one that’s solved by being rich and able to afford a personal chef, one would imagine, but she wanted to be able to make the meals herself. With that in mind, she set out to learn how to prepare various meals, and is said to be “very proud” of her new kitchen prowess.
The gorgeous movie star mom, 38, recently overcame her kitchen-phobia, after learning a few healthy tips and culinary tricks from the pro. This will be a big lifestyle swap for the children, who are the “worst eaters,” according to the source. And feeding six kids with different food preferences is no simple task: The Jolie-Pitt kids “want to eat different things at different times,” the source adds.
Sounds like a potential headache, but good on her for not relying on the perks of fame for this one!
“[It's] such a huge responsibility to get it right. Because I love him so much,” she told Brokaw, smiling. “And because he’s helped me so much in my life.”
“I wanted to direct something again, but I just wasn’t sure what. And it had to be something that I would love and care about, because it takes much more time away from your family, and much more effort than acting,” she explained. (Indeed, Jolie and her family had to relocate to Sydney, Australia, for several months while she filmed; she and her six kids were photographed multiple times while Down Under.)
The In the Land of Blood and Honey director, 38, found her inspiration in Zamperini’s story, which was also the subject of the best-selling book by Seabiscuit author Laura Hillenbrand. “This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” she confessed to Brokaw of trying to get the movie made. “I pitched my butt off.”
It worked. And now she’s making a movie that she hopes will mean something not just to her and Zamperini but to millions of people around the globe. “For me, I think Louis has been very clear about what his message is,” she told Brokaw. “And I think, for my children, and for everybody in the world, I want to be able to say, it can seem dark, and it can seem hopeless, and it can seem very overwhelming, but the resilience and the strength of the human spirit is an extraordinary thing.”
Zamperini is proof of that. As is his connection with Jolie. “I can show you my roof from [his] window,” the Maleficent actress told Brokaw. “I imagine that for the last 10-something years, he’s been sitting there having a coffee in the morning and wondering, ‘Who’s gonna make this movie?’ And I’ve been sitting there in my room, laying there, thinking, ‘What am I supposed to be doing with my life? I want to do something important. I want to connect. I need some help. I need some guidance. Where is it?’ And it was right outside my window.”
I can’t wait to see this movie, and see what Angelina did with such an extraordinary book. From the preview (below) it looks like it’s really going to be something special. I hope it is!
According to the director of ‘Gravity,’ the movie almost starred Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr. instead of Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.
Alfonso Cuaron, 52, revealed the news during a 90-minute interview with “The Hollywood Masters,” a series held at Loyola Merymount University in Los Angeles, in front of the college’s film and television students.
“I thought I had written a small movie … just one character floating in space,” Cuaron said. “We started developing stuff (trying) to figure out the technology. And the luxury (was) that we could try many things.”
Cuaron revealed he originally approached Angeline Jolie for the role of Ryan Stone, which eventually went to Sandra Bullock. “I had conversations with Angelina, but then she went to do one film, and then she was going to direct (the upcoming 2014 drama ‘Unbroken’),” Cuaron explained. “Something happens, you part ways.”
Robert Downey Jr. was in talks to play astronaut Mike Kowalski, but the director said his participation was hampered by the technology used to film “Gravity.” (What does that even mean?) The role went to George Clooney instead.
“Gravity” went on to earn more than $700 million, and has been nominated for 10 Oscars.
How do you think the movie would have been with Angelina Jolie and Robert Downey Jr. in the leads?