Angelina Jolie's 'Bad Girl' Comment Is a Ploy

It must suck to be such a wildly popular celebrity that your every interview comment gets dissected and analyzed by the media and millions of fans. That said, I can't help wondering what Angelina Jolie was hoping for when she insisted to 60 Minutes that she's "still a bad girl."

I mean, she's traded in the vials of blood around her neck for a passel of adorable children, she's trying to prove herself as a serious director with her Bosnian war film, In the Land of Blood and Honey, and everything she wears these days seems to come from the Eileen Fisher: All Black N' Flowy collection—it seems to me she's worked pretty hard to overhaul her image over the years. But maybe Jolie has finally reached a point where being known as Beatific Philanthropist SuperMom has gotten a little ... boring?

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Oddly enough, Jolie also went out of her way in the 60 Minutes interview to make it clear that she had alternative plans if her acting career wasn't a success, and they were SPOOKY and GOTHIC plans: she was going to be a funeral director. *makes ghostly noises*

It sounds like this very strange, eccentric, dark thing to do. But, in fact, I lost my grandfather and I was very upset with his funeral. (...) If this acting thing didn’t work out, that was gonna be my backup.

I don't know, I guess it comes across as dark and strange to some people, but my brother-in-law is a funeral director and I've learned there's basically nothing adorably freaky about the industry. If it sounds appealing to someone who has a penchant for black eyeliner, their first encounter with a grieving family will probably straighten out that eccentric attitude right away.

Jolie also wants us to know that she may appear to be an ethereal humanitarian mother-goddess on the outside, but inside she's still a little naughty:

I'm still a bad girl. I still have that side of me. It's just, it's in its place now. It belongs to Brad. Or it belongs to our adventures.

I love how open-ended this comment is. Are we talking ball gags and strap-ons in the bedroom? Or are we talking fearlessness when it comes to riding a motorcycle across Sudan? Personally, I choose to go with Option #1, because I sort of like to picture Brad in a leather harness, on all fours, shouting "Arrivederci!" in his Inglourious Basterds accent.

Most of all, this is the sort of comment that seems custom-engineered to generate lots of articles musing on how "intriguing" and "provocative" Angelina Jolie still is. If nothing else, you have to give her points for knowing how to stir up the right sort of interest at exactly the right time. For fans of Wild Angelina who may have been ho-hum about In the Land of Blood and Honey, being reminded that she's still—mrrrrrow— a bad girl may have been a hell of a smart move.


What's your take on the bad girl comment? What 'adventures' do you think she was referring to?



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