After keeping silent all throughout the initial fallout from the Sony hack debacle,By the Sea actress and director Angelina Jolie has opened up about being referenced in leaked emails in a recent interview, and, given the circumstances, her response was rather surprising.
Speaking to the NY Times, the 40-year-old revealed that she "didn't read any of them [the emails]," however learned what they said after someone told her. However, while many would have been angry and upset to learn that they had been the topic of a "brutal exchange" between Sony execs Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin, Jolie had a rather different, and unexpected reaction:
"There are certain things that bother me and certain things that don’t. Personal attacks on me? I think I’m just so used to it. Honestly, my first instinct was that I was worried about Amy. I had someone call her and ask if she was O.K. Not because I’m a saint, but because I think we have to look at the bigger picture. She’s got kids. I knew it was going to unravel for her."
While Jolie gave no hints as to what did bother her about the leaked email exchange, after reading excerpts from the leaked messages it would be unsurprising if it weren't any number of the things that Scott Rudin wrote about the actress and her directorial endeavors. Rudin wrote the following to Pascal regarding Jolie passing up the Cleopatra project in order to direct the war drama Unbroken:
“I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie.”
He also wrote:
"She’s a camp event and a celebrity and that’s all and the last thing anybody needs is to make a giant bomb with her that any fool could see coming. We will end up being the laughing stock of our industry and we will deserve it, which is so clearly where this is headed that I cannot believe we are still wasting our time with it."
While Unbroken received mixed reviews from critics, Jolie's film, By the Sea which she directed, wrote and starred in is due for limited release on November 13th.