You Know Angelina Jolie Is Privileged When, Despite Six Kids, She Still Has Time To Write A Screenplay
Angelina Jolie shares all kinds of tidbits in the October issue of Vanity Fair about her home, her marriage, and her career. But despite the writer trying to get Angelina to dish on a new pregnancy or an impending marriage, Angelina mostly talks about hew new movie debuting this December: In the Land of Blood and Honey. Angie not only directed the project, she also wrote the screenplay — in a month flat — despite raising six little ones and maintaining her career and her partnership to Brad Pitt.
Of course it reads superhuman, but Angelina’s ability to tackle such a project says more about her resources as a wealthy mom than her time management skills.
The introduction to the Vanity Fair piece tries to set the scene of a weary mother, finding time for own secret project after all the kids have done to bed and Brad has crawled into his mad den:
It was a secret project, something she did for herself, when no one was photographing, suggesting, or looking over her shoulder. Every evening, after the children had gone to bed, after the nannies had called it quits and Brad had gone off to wherever movie stars go when the world sleeps, after the house had settled into a mellow blue hum, Angelina Jolie fired up her computer and went to work, tentatively at first, then blazing away. She poured everything she knew into the story, the sting of first love, the winding streets of old European cities, the horrors of war, some of it witnessed firsthand during her work for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Within a month, she had completed her first screenplay, In the Land of Blood and Honey, which, this December, becomes the feature directorial debut of Angelina Jolie.
Although nannies are acknowledged in this introduction, I take issue with the humble depiction of Angelina seeking precious moments to work on her passion project. While the actress is obviously a devoted mother, this scene is problematic in that women like Angelina are not “just like us.” Angie probably has a nanny per child and the time she carves out for her writing and her career is most likely time just for that — not to be encroached on by screaming children or an inquisitive partner asking where the low fat milk is.
If you ask me, the nannies should get more than a mere phrase in this explanation of how Angelina came to work on her project.