This Leeson St home on sale for €2 million is family-friendly but perfect for city living
This Leeson St home on sale for €2 million is family-friendly but perfect for city...

Megan Burns

You will not believe how they made THAT Zendaya Balmain dress
You will not believe how they made THAT Zendaya Balmain dress

Lauren Heskin

If you only see one film in the cinema this year, make it this powerful Irish feature
If you only see one film in the cinema this year, make it this powerful...

Meg Walker

Postpartum Psychosis: ‘It hit me completely out of the blue’
Postpartum Psychosis: ‘It hit me completely out of the blue’

Amanda Cassidy

4 Irish female bosses on getting organised, confidence and the importance of creativity
4 Irish female bosses on getting organised, confidence and the importance of creativity

Shayna Sappington

Two beauty industry stalwarts have teamed up to save cruelty-free cosmetics in Europe
Two beauty industry stalwarts have teamed up to save cruelty-free cosmetics in Europe

Sarah Finnan

Why negotiating a ‘jobbymoon’ before you start your new job is actually a great idea
Why negotiating a ‘jobbymoon’ before you start your new job is actually a great idea

Erin Lindsay

Skin Proud is Glossier’s new 100% vegan and cruelty-free competitor
Skin Proud is Glossier’s new 100% vegan and cruelty-free competitor

Sarah Finnan

The dos and don’ts of supporting someone who might be suicidal
The dos and don’ts of supporting someone who might be suicidal

Erin Lindsay

‘You’re suddenly painfully aware of the fragility of all that is being asked of you as a mother’
‘You’re suddenly painfully aware of the fragility of all that is being asked of you...

Amanda Cassidy

Image / Living / Culture

Angelina Jolie is right when it comes to speaking about work/life ‘balance’ for women


by Jennifer McShane
24th Apr 2021
blank

She may live a life of privilege, but Angelina Jolie's post-divorce comments about her home and work-life balance are striking in that they are not surprising at all.

Separations and breakups are never easy and if you’re a Hollywood superstar, they are frequently messy. There likely wasn’t a person in the world who did not read the tabloid reports detailing the split of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in 2016. Their divorce has been ongoing for five years, obviously made more complicated due to the fact that the couple has six children together.

There was a he said/she said scenario in the media, both gave interviews soon after. Jolie remained dignified and tight-lipped (even to Vanity Fair) and Pitt’s GQ profile depicted a struggling loner abandoned by a family he adored. There were reports of behaviour on Pitt’s part which prompted  Jolie to make the break, and yet Pitt garnered much of the sympathy by media.

It’s only now that Jolie is sharing more details of her life without Pitt, suitably devoted to raising her family (it’s unclear, but it doesn’t sound like a co-parenting set up), in which she had to forgo her career ambitions to put her children first.

Uneven

From remembering birthdays to offering service with a smile, life has a layer of daily responsibility that is hardly discussed – one which falls disproportionately on women – that of emotional labour. And that’s before we talk about the actual labour of child-raising, which in a separation situation, is usually (though not always) left to the woman as well.

She revealed that a “change” in her family forced her to return to acting. The Oscar-winning actor and director will soon be seen in the action-thriller Those Who Wish Me Dead, which marks one of Jolie’s rare starring roles in a movie.

Other than 2014’s Maleficent and its 2019 sequel, Jolie has largely worked behind the camera in the past decade, having directed films such as UnbrokenFirst They Killed My Father and By the Sea, having frequently made it known that she wanted to continue to pursue work behind the camera, as opposed to in front of it.

Pitt had more freedom to go and reinvent his own career, which worked well for him even with the allegations which reportedly led to the separation; he was able to tackle a challenging role with director Quentin Tarantino in Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood, and the take on a hectic, fairly relentless award show campaign to ultimately win his first acting Oscar.

Things for Jolie have been different in these five years. She’s stayed out of the spotlight, by and large, because she really had no choice but to be.

“I love directing, but I had a change in my family situation that’s not made it possible for me to direct for a few years,” Jolie told Entertainment Weekly.

“I needed to just do shorter jobs and be home more, so I kind of went back to doing a few acting jobs. That’s really the truth of it.”

“The past few years have been pretty hard,” Jolie previously told British Vogue. “I’ve been focusing on healing our family. It’s slowly coming back, like the ice melting and the blood returning to my body.”

Jolie’s words are an all-too-familiar reminder that, if you’re a woman, generally speaking, a work/life balance is almost always impossible to achieve. You are sacrificing for the greater good and wellbeing of your family, but it’s a decision that men do not have to grapple with in the same way.

Also Read

cannolis
FOOD & DRINK
What to make this Sunday: Raw vegan chocolate cannolis

This is a simple healthy alternative to the Italian classic. A raw, vegan take on the Italian patisserie classic, cannolis...

By Meg Walker

Julia Stiles
CULTURE
Julia Stiles had some really lovely things to say about working with Heath Ledger

Working together on ’10 Things I Hate About You’,  Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger played Kat Stratford and Patrick Verona...

By Sarah Finnan

blank
FOOD & DRINK, HEALTH & WELLNESS
‘It’s a great book for anyone stuck in a rut’: Trisha Lewis on her new cookbook and favourite recipe

Chef, author and influencer Trisha Lewis (AKA Trisha’s Transformation) gives us a glimpse into her second book, filled with recipes,...

By Shayna Sappington

Ranelagh home for sale
PROPERTY
This recently renovated Ranelagh home is on the market for €1.25 million

The property is bright and modern throughout, as well as being just a short walk from Dublin’s city centre.

By Megan Burns

Cork day trips
CULTURE
Day tripper: places to visit that are under a few hours from Cork City

This is a new series in which I’ll be exploring different parts of the country each week. So, please feel...

By Sarah Finnan

blank
FOOD & DRINK
Remember drinking chilled Sauvignon Blanc by the pool? No, me neither but here is how you can pretend

Edaein O’Connell is determined to go on a sunny holiday this summer, sipping chilled wine poolside – even if it’s...

By IMAGE

homes for sale for €350,000
PROPERTY
These 3 homes have plenty of character and outdoor space, all for €350,000

If you’re after a well-sized garden and a home with interesting features, these three properties will be right up your street.

By Megan Burns