Place Of Birth : Los Angeles, California
Sign : Gemini
Height : 5′ 7″ (1.70 m)
Hair : Brown
“Acting is not pretending or lying. It’s finding a side of yourself that’s the character, and ignoring your other sides. And there’s a side of me that wonders what’s wrong with being completely honest.”
This is how Angelina confronts acting. She is no stranger to the art as both her parents were actors. Her mother is actress Mircheline Bertrand and her father, Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight. Her father, although not entirely unbiased, had said in an interview: “Just look at the beautiful face and all the intelligence that it has and all the passion. It’s quite extraordinary”.
However Angelina is indeed quite extraordinary; she had made her first screen debut at the age of five, alongside her father in the Hal Ashby-directed comedy “Looking to Get Out” a very obscure film mirroring the very young and still obscure Angelina.
At the age of 11 she begun studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. During her time there she staged numerous productions although she was also flirting with the idea of becoming a funeral director. She says: “There’s something about death that is comforting. The thought you could die tomorrow frees you to appreciate your life now”.
Age 16 she struck out on her own by finding work as a professional model in London, New York and Los Angeles and appearing in music videos for the likes of Meatloaf, the Lemonheads, Lenny Kravitz and the Rolling Stones.
However her love for acting and theatre brought her back to New York where she followed film studies before moving to Los Angeles to study acting in a more formalized setting at the Met Theatre Group amongst esteemed actors such as Ed Harris and Holly Hunter.
Her inner search continued.. “I didn’t know exactly what I wanted, but I knew I could know”. Angelina insists it was her mother, who had influenced her: “She loved taking us to the theatre”. She also explained her rekindled interest in theatrics: “I loved some kind of expression. I want[ed] so much to try to explain things to somebody.. I’m very good at trying to explore different emotions and listen to people and feel things. That is an actor I think”.
Her first film was, to be put mildly, unremarkable; a supporting role as a human- machine hybrid in the 1993 “Cyborg II: Glass Shadows”.