Angelina Jolie: Supermum adopts a tiger mentality
“It’s about a search for self,” says Angelina Jolie, pondering the deeper topics raised in her latest film about an adopted kung-fu-fighting panda who must save the world from an evil peacock that has weapons of mass destruction.
“I think that who we are and who we decide to be in life is not defined by our parents, our past, the way we look or where we’re from. We make the choice.” Jolie returns to the role of Tigress in Kung Fu Panda 2, in which she helps Jack Black’s lovable panda, Po, to understand that it doesn’t really matter whether Mr Ping the goose is his birth-dad or not. The message is that family is what you make it – so who better to cast than the world’s most famous adoptive mother?
A vision today in a white St John trouser suit, Angelina Jolie’s exquisite loveliness is impossible to ignore. A curious thing happens when she is present, a sort of hushed rapture that no other celebrity is able to generate. She claims, predictably, not to make an effort.
“In my life, I hardly brush my hair very often. I try to be as low-maintenance as possible because of my kids, so I can just get up and get ready and do things and not take too much time.” Arguably the natural successor to Elizabeth Taylor in terms of beauty, mystery, passion and using her celebrity clout for advocacy, she’s now tipped to remake the most famous of Taylor’s films, Cleopatra.