The Jolie doesn’t complain

May 21, 2014 19:19:22 Posted at May 21, 2014 19:19:22
Lainey Posted by Lainey
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Angelina Jolie was at a press conference for Maleficent the other day and was asked about balancing her work with being a mother. You’ve heard other celebrities complain about how hard it is for them raising their kids while making movies, ahem GOOP. Well, here’s another way to answer that question – by not bitching about it.

“I’m not a single mom with two jobs trying to get by every day,” she told the Daily News when asked about McCray’s comments this week. “I have much more support than most people, most women in this world. And I have the financial means to have a home and health care and food. When I feel I’m doing too much, I do less, if I can. And that’s why I’m in a rare position where I don’t have to do job after job. I can take time when my family needs it. I actually feel that women in my position, when we have all at our disposal to help us, shouldn’t complain. Consider all the people who really struggle and don’t have the financial means, don’t have the support, and many people are single raising children. That’s hard.”

Does she complain? Probably. Sometimes. IN PRIVATE. You can’t be them though, you can’t be a Hollywood star and do it in public. It will never, ever land well. And it’ll never be an acceptable excuse to say that your words were taken “out of context” and deflect the conversation towards the “mommy wars”. Especially not when you have soooo much help.

I’m going to tell you about Angelina Jolie’s approach to help though. More on that when I post about the experience of interviewing her and my review of Maleficent (it’s embargoed) coming after the Hollywood premiere. Fascinating the choices she makes between time and control.

You know what else Angelina doesn’t do? There’s no f-cking moaning about the #pedorazzi. Like George Clooney, she doesn’t get sanctimonious about privacy while using the press in the same breath for publicity. If the Jolie understands it’s part of the goddamn job, you’d think the lesser ones would too.

You think Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston are sharing a bottle of wine over this tonight?

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