'Extra' Exclusive: Angelina Jolie on Directing, Family and Being a 'Closet Geek'

"Extra's" Jerry Penacoli caught up with busy mom Angelina Jolie to discuss her directorial debut with "In the Land of Blood and Honey" in NYC. Angie's new drama, which takes a powerful look at war-torn Bosnia in the '90s, centers on a man who falls for a beautiful prisoner.

Check out these four interesting facts about Angelina that were uncovered during the interview.

1. After showing Brad her script, they had "this idea we'll send it to people from all different sides of the conflict without my name on it, and if they agree to come together to do it, then we'll make it, and if they don't, we'll burn it."

2. Jolie was quite taken with directing, and says if she had to choose between that and acting, she "would love to be a director."

3. Angie says most people would probably not know "that I'm a closet geek in what I read and what I am."

4. Between her six children and traveling the world, Angelina revealed she started writing the script during Shiloh's art class, "and spent most of my time on my little notepads."


Jolie explained, "It didn't start out with me wanting to direct a movie. It started with me interested in these subject matters. So the script was a private exercise for me that I never intended to show anybody, and then I ended up showing Brad and he said, 'You know, Honey, it's not bad.'"


Jolie, who walked the red carpet premiere on Monday with her famous beau and his parents, said, "You need the support when you're nervous."

Watch the dramatic love story unfold when "In the Land of Blood and Honey" opens in theaters Dec. 23.

Angelina Jolie Facts


One of Angelina's nicknames is Catwoman.

First Marriage

Angelina married actor Jonny Lee Miller in a black leather pants and a white shirt, on which she painted her husband's name in her own blood (across the back).


Her first tattoo is a dragon, a Japanese symbol for death. She also has a tattoo of the Tennessee Williams quote, "A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages" on her left forearm. She has the longitudes and latitudes of her kids' birthplaces tattooed on her arm, along with the birthplace of her significant other, Brad Pitt.

Giving Back

In 2003, Angie was first recipient of the Citizen of the World Award from the UN's Correspondents' Association for her work as a goodwill ambassador with the UNHCR.

Second Marriage

During her second marriage to actor Billy Bob Thornton, the spouses each wore a vial of the other's blood around their necks.

Lara Croft

Angelina is left-handed and therefore had to have guns specially made so that she could reload them easily for "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider."

Perfect Match

Brad Pitt, Jolie's current love and baby daddy once said, "Angelina and I do not fight anymore. What occurred to me on this film, and also with the passing of Angelina's mother Marcheline Bertrand last year, is that there's going to come a time when I'm not going to get to be with this person anymore. I'm not going to get to be with my children anymore. And so, if we have a flare-up, it evaporates now. I don't want to waste time being angry at someone I love."

Model Behavior

Angelina began modeling at age 14. She eventually played real-life supermodel Gia Carangi in the HBO biopic "Gia," Jolie's first breakthrough role.

Celeb Godparents

Actress Jacqueline Bisset and Maximilian Schell are Angelina's godparents [pictured here with Bisset and her mother, Marcheline Bertrand].


Growing up, Angelina wanted to be a funeral director.

Fascination with Knives

"You're young, you're drunk, you're in bed, you have knives; shit happens."


Jolie was two months pregnant with twins Knox and Vivienne when she completed filming on Clint Eastwood's "Changeling."