I was reading a news report that Brad and Ange were considering adopting child #7 from Ethiopia, and it got me thinking about the most dynamic duo in Hollywood today. Amidst a seemingly endless stream of A-List movie appearances, they've somehow also found time to use their notoriety to establish change in a disordered world. Sleep clearly is not a priority for these people. Sorry Jennifer Aniston, but it's clear that these two souls were destined to find each other for the greater good.
Here are 5 reasons why Brad and Angelina have won hearts and minds as both brilliant and unfathomably beautiful humans.
1. Brad the Builder: Homes for Katrina Victims
Brad founded the Make it Right Foundation to finance and build 150 sustainable homes in New Orleans for Hurricane Katrina victims, whilst also managing to draw attention to the importance of green housing. Multi-tasking: tick!
2. Angelina: UNHCR Ambassador Extraordinaire
Angelina has been heavily involved in numerous humanitarian projects. Unlike many other celebrities who offer their face to a cause, Jolie is a tireless advocate at a diplomatic level. She is a compelling speaker and unwavering campaigner and deserves the recognition and respect she has earned a thousand times over. A list of her field missions alone as a Goodwill Ambassador can be found here. Her relentless efforts and genuine passion for the causes she supports cannot be adequately described, but you can watch her speaking at the last G8 summit and join me in my speechlessness:
3. Plan B and World War Z: Business Brad
In 2002 Brad founded Plan B Entertainment, which has release deals with all the major Hollywood studios. Plan B/ Brad produced World War Z in 2013. The zombie flick was heavily criticised before its release, with losses predicted at almost $100mil. However, thanks to clever re-writing and a sizeable investment from Brad, the film was a major success, grossing $539mil globally. Plan B then went on to produce 12 Years a Slave, which is not only a worthy Oscar favourite, but acts as a powerful rebuttal to the critics who dismissed Plan B as a 'vanity deal'. David Lindehof (who re-wrote the ending for WWZ said:
"Plan B seems to be exactly the opposite: They are using their clout and Brad's notoriety to make movies that wouldn't be made otherwise."
4. Supporters of same-sex marriage
When asked in 2006 if he would ever marry Angelina, Brad famously stated that they would marry when every couple in America had the same right to do so.
“It is each American’s constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot. Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage.”
He also donated $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaigns National Marriage Fund, and has been outspoken about the issue for the last decade.
5. United they Stand: The Jolie Pitt Foundation
Jolie and Pitt are 2 of the highest paid actors in Hollywood today. Needless to say, they have some disposable income to play with. It's how they choose to spend it that's interesting. First photos of their twins Knox and Vivienne sold for $14mil USD. That money went back to their charity The Jolie-Pitt Foundation, founded by the couple in 2009 to eradicate extreme poverty and protect natural resources and wildlife.
These are just a select few of the many extraordinary things Brad and Angelina have done to inspire and promote change in the world. The fact that they also happen to star in some of the most incredible movies of all time is a testament to their undeniable talent and dedication to their craft. They own Hollywood, and that's alright with me.