A little less than a year ago, hackers released a series of emails from Sony executives, including an exchange between producer Scott Rudin and former Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal that criticized Angelina Jolie Pitt.
In a new interview with The New York Times, Jolie Pitt responded, saying that although she hasn’t personally read the emails, she knows what they said — and she isn’t upset.
“There are certain things that bother me and certain things that don’t,” Jolie Pitt told the Times. “Personal attacks on me? I think I’m just so used to it. Honestly, my first instinct was that I was worried about Amy. I had someone call her and ask if she was O.K. Not because I’m a saint, but because I think we have to look at the bigger picture. She’s got kids. I knew it was going to unravel for her.”
In the Times interview, Jolie Pitt also spoke about the challenges of writing, directing, and starring in her upcoming movie By the Sea, in which she and Brad Pitt play a troubled husband and wife. She added that she’s the first female director her husband has ever worked with.
“Sexism is part of every industry and must be addressed,” Jolie Pitt said. “But I try not to focus on the negative but the positive side of what we can bring. I want to support other women because of the opportunities I’ve had — and I’ve had a lot of opportunities. What I try as a female director is to do the best job I can and in the meantime bring attention to as many other female directors and writers as I can.”
The leaked emails about Jolie Pitt, one which referenced her as a “spoiled brat,” popped back up in the news recently, after Jennifer Lawrence made reference to the comments in her essay about the wage gap. (The Sony hack also revealed that Lawrence had been paid less than her male American Hustle costars.)
“I’m over trying to find the ‘adorable’ way to state my opinion and still be likable! F— that,” Lawrence wrote in her essay. “I don’t think I’ve ever worked for a man in charge who spent time contemplating what angle he should use to have his voice heard. It’s just heard. Jeremy Renner, Christian Bale, and Bradley Cooper all fought and succeeded in negotiating powerful deals for themselves. If anything, I’m sure they were commended for being fierce and tactical, while I was busy worrying about coming across as a brat and not getting my fair share. Again, this might have NOTHING to do with my vagina, but I wasn’t completely wrong when another leaked Sony email revealed a producer referring to a fellow lead actress in a negotiation as a ‘spoiled brat.’ For some reason, I just can’t picture someone saying that about a man.”
You can read Jolie Pitt’s full interview at The New York Times.