They were the king and queen of Hollywood… but with that crown came serious attention – everyone wanted to know everything about the couple and their family and their life and their routine and their everything. Being pros, they rarely gave much away, but when they did it was golden.
Angelina talked to The Wall Street Journal about By The Sea, the film she directed and acted in with Brad: 'It was very hard to do those scenes without Brad and I taking care of each other. Normally in between takes, you’d make sure that the other’s OK, but we had to be able to really get ugly'.
She talked about going back to their normal family roles after a day of working alongside each other: 'That might have been an absolute disaster. But as soon as we got home, it was bedtime stories, children’s needs and problems, the fights they’d had during the day. We had to immediately snap back to something that was uniting and positive and loving.'
She also spoke to The New York Times about her wedding. Though the ceremony was in France, the legal side of things was done in California: ‘One day [Brad] was doing something and an assistant said, 'You have to sign some papers.' Then the judge came in, this lovely guy, and at some point, Brad said, 'Shouldn't we be standing up?' The judge said, 'No.' Then suddenly we realised we were married, in the most unceremonial way possible.’
She said ‘the big moment’ wasn’t the marriage itself, for her, but signing the joint adoption papers for her and Brad’s children: ‘That was a decision to parent together, to commit to being a part of each other's lives for the rest of my life […]So [marriage] wasn't close in comparison. In a way, it was very casual.’
We’ve rounded up the cutest, funniest and all-round best quotes from the pair talking about each other throughout their 11 year relationship…
Brad On Ange
'Once the decision was made, [Angelina] was on the operating table two weeks later. You have to understand that this is a woman who never knew she’d make it to 40. This is a woman who had watched her mother, aunt and grandmother become sick and eventually succumb, all at an early age. Her drive, her absolute value in herself, is defined by the impact she can have during her time here—for her kids and for the underprivileged and those suffering' - to The New York Times
'My director has an elegant intuition for character [...] Being a couple, we have that shorthand that can be communicated in a look. Conversely, it means I knew immediately if she felt a take stunk' - to the WSJ about filming By The Sea.
‘I operated on pure instinct. Angie and I have too much history and understanding of each other to question beyond there.’
‘[By the Sea] was probably not the wisest way to spend a honeymoon, but then again, fighting to make something together…what better metaphor for marriage? It's not a film that responds to the current zeitgeist or mode of storytelling—rather, a quiet, mature look at the challenges of love and adult loss.’
‘It's surprising how much I enjoy the direction of my wife. She's decisive, incredibly intuitive, knife-sharp, and might I say, sexy at her post.’
‘I trust her with my life.’
‘She’s still a bad girl, delightfully so. It’s not for public consumption.’
'I'm satisfied with making true choices and finding the woman I love, Angie, and building a family that I love so much. A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss. That's the trade-off. But I'll take it all . . . One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She is such a great mom. Oh, man, I'm so happy to have her.'
'I get up some mornings and gasp.'
'I have love in my life, a soul mate — absolutely.'
Ange On Brad
'Sometimes it just gets absurd. Honestly, you have to laugh at the absurdity sometimes! But I think if you’re both strong-minded people, you push up against each other. That’s part of what’s great about marriage: you want strong dynamics. And fortunately, we have so many children, that whatever our individual thoughts are…You know, we’re all figuring it out as we go' - to The Observer
'[Brad] has expanded my life in ways I never imagined. We built a family. He is not just the love my life, he is my family. I hold that very dear. I suppose what I’ve learned from Brad is to be able to have the kind of family whose happiness and well-being comes before your own. I’m very very grateful to have such a loving family, and I wouldn’t have that without him.'
'I don't have a lot of friends I talk to. He is really the only person I talk to.'
'[Brad] has expanded my life in ways I never imagined. We built a family. He is not just the love of my life, he is my family. I hold that very dear. I suppose what I’ve learned from Brad is to be able to have the kind of family whose happiness and well-being comes before your own. I’m very, very grateful to have such a loving family, and I wouldn’t have that without him.'
'I am very lucky with Brad. He is a real gentleman, but he is also a real man's man. He's got the wonderful balance of being an extraordinary, great, loving father, a very, very intelligent man and physically he's a real man in all things that it means.'
And them trying to be just another normal family… (Sure guys, sure.)
'We wake up, we make breakfast. In our domestic life, we’re Mom and Dad. And often we’re dorky Mom and Dad, which the kids find ridiculous' - to the New York Times.
‘At the end of the day, we get to be parents, greeting our lovely, crazy children and talking about their day, making sure they brush their teeth, so all the tension from our day is tabled…until the next.’
'The kids asked me the other day and I asked them if it was just because they wanted to have a big cake. They see movies that have the people getting married in the movies or somebody’s, you know, the happily ever after. Shrek and Fiona are married. … We’ve explained to them that our commitment when we decided to start a family was the greatest commitment you could possibly have. Once you have six children … you’re committed.'
'Not a lot of people get to see a movie where their parents fell in love. What’s going to be funny is when they think Mom and Dad are a little bit cool. Because right now, we’re not cool Mom and Dad.'
'They’re all aware of the news. They’re very aware of why Mommy gets in a plane. Pax recently came to Burma with me [...] But I’m trying not to push it. If you push it, it’s like I want to make them humanitarians – which I don’t. I’m just trying to make them all aware of the world. I want them to take the time to go out of their borders and comfort zones – to live a bolder life, do things they might not have thought to try. As a parent that’s the best gift you can give' - to The Observer