How Ethan Hawke wound up on Angelina Jolie’s Christmas card list http://t.co/q20xBQk6nP
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By: Donna Freydkin January 6, 2015 3:19 pm
Back in 2004, Ethan Hawke and Angelina Jolie co-starred in the thriller Taking Lives. Jolie had adopted her first son, Maddox, two years earlier, and was raising him solo after splitting from Billy Bob Thornton. She was in a very different place than she is today, given that she’s now the director of the possible Oscar contender Unbroken and the married mom of six.
When we spoke to Hawke today, we had to ask: Do they stay in touch? “Every now and then I get a Christmas card,” he said.
Seriously? That’s very cool. Chances are, he’ll run into her while they’re both on the awards circuit; Hawke’s Boyhood is a favorite.
He has nothing but fond memories of the actress-turned-director:
I worked with her at a very interesting moment in her life. It’s pretty awesome what she’s doing. People wanted her to Marilyn Monroe. They wanted her to burn out. She was about as punk rock as a movie star could be. I loved her for it. She’s taken all that energy and turned that into being a substantive human being. The fact that Angelina has transcended the way the world objectified her and is making serious films, she deserves all the positive things that are happening.