Maddox Jolie Pitt’s Cambodia Research Assignment

Courtesy of WSJ. magazine's 2015 Entertainment/Film Innovator.

WSJMag_AngelinaJolieThere’s a lot to admire about the way Angelina Jolie Pitt conducts her personal and professional life. All of it well captured by Julia Reed for the November “Innovators” issue of WSJ. magazine, which anoints the mother, wife, activist, actress, writer and director as its 2015 Entertainment/Film Innovator.

For the forthcoming Netflix original movie First They Killed My Father, which begins shooting this month in Cambodia, Jolie will have husband Brad Pitt and their children at her side. She adapted the source memoir with Cambodian author Loung Ung and will direct:

The whole family will relocate to Cambodia for the shoot, during which Jolie Pitt’s 14-year-old son, Maddox, whom she adopted from Cambodia when he was barely 1 (Pitt subsequently adopted him as well), will help with the research. “He’s going to sit with me while we watch the videos and re-create such a difficult time in his people’s history,” she says. “It’s important that the whole family understands all that it means to him and to us.”

Reed also has a brief summary of how Jolie first became involved with refugees and land mine victims while shooting Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia. Her wonderful profile, punctuated with stark close-ups and poses captured by photographer Peter Lindbergh, will resonate with many readers right through the holiday season.

Also profiled in the November WSJ. issue are Nike CEO Mark Parker (“Brand Innovator”), Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard (“Literary Innovator”), artist Richard Serra (“Art Innovator”), Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield (“Technology Innovator”), Italy’s Miuccia Prada (“Fashion Innovator”) and the U.K.’s Thomas Heatherwick (“Design Innovator”).

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.