...when I met her last week in Toronto she looked relaxed and happy....Ross King: How Angelina Jolie is adapting to life after Brad Pitt https://t.co/Uo578bY30D pic.twitter.com/ulHRi3nlxq— Sunday Post (@Sunday_Post) September 30, 2017
I wondered if Maddox’s presence influenced how they were treated during filming.
“Cambodian people are very different and what they value is very different,” she told me. “It’s not like walking around in Hollywood.
“They see us a mother and a son and I’m very proud to be a Cambodian citizen.
“When we’re there we feel like we’re home and people are very kind to us.”
First They Killed My Father, which is on Netflix now, will be Cambodia’s submission to the Oscars and Angelina could end up securing her first Best Director nomination.
But she says she still enjoys being an actor – and is looking forward to filming Maleficent 2.
“I think directing takes a lot, and you can do a movie for six weeks and move on but I love the ones like this that really matter,” she explained.
“I want to give my life to these kind of projects.
“I appreciate being able to be an actress and have fun – and the kids do too. They’re ready for me to play a bit on set – to get my horns on and have a laugh!”
Tommaso Colognese was Angelina's assistant in FTKMF. He was also her assistant in Maleficent, assisted both her and Brad in By the Sea, and assisted him in Fury.
May 7, 2013
It’s a common story: growing up in a small town (in Italy), film was a way for me to glimpse the world outside. When I was a teenager, the director of a local film school sent me off to work on a set and from that moment on I wanted to stay. The best thing about working in film is that, with each project, you acquire a whole new family from whom you can always learn something new.
My first job after graduating from film school in LA was so bad I quit after three months, but the lure of the set soon brought me back. Behind the scenes it’s a lot less exciting than the DVD extras would have it, although it never fails to reward in some way. Admittedly I have been tempted to turn my back on film many times, but so far there’s always been a next project exciting enough to get me back on track.
Becoming a personal assistant was completely unplanned. I had just moved to London when I received a phone call from a colleague in Rome asking if I’d be interested in assisting an actor on a new film. Intrigued, I followed up and it turned out to be a position with Daniel Day-Lewis on Nine. It remains one of the most rewarding experiences of my career so far and has led to me working with several other amazing artists. Working closely with an artist while he or she is creating a character is a privileged position that can be very exciting, even though it also requires dealing with many of the more mundane aspects of the film process. A lot of coffee and good humour is required!
Tommaso has been a PA to Martin Scorsese, Daniel Day-Lewis, Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio