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“Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Daughter Vivienne’s Influence While Producing The Outsiders”

Angelina Jolie attributes her work as a producer on Broadway’s The Outsiders to her daughter, Vivienne

Angelina Jolie attributes her work as a producer on Broadway’s The Outsiders to her daughter, Vivienne.

In an interview, the actress, 48, described how her 15-year-old daughter’s love of theater and The Outsiders helped her discover more about the adolescent while co-producing the production with director Danya Taymor.

Viv, my daughter, is quite into the theater. Jolie explained that although she enjoys all forms of theater, she is quite sensitive to and responsive to particular types. I had read the book and watched the movie years ago, and she had gone to see The Outsiders at La Jolla about five times and was narrating it to me.

Jolie was first drawn to the program because she saw the “power of the material” through Vivienne’s eyes.

“It was a thoroughly unique experience of comprehending the profound impact this is currently having on her as a young person, and she is conveying something to me, which is the strength of this content,” Jolie said. Vivienne has been there the whole time, and I had the honor of seeing everyone work over the last year to develop it into what it is now.

Vivienne, who worked as a production assistant on the program, was always there, and as Jolie put it, “it was a moment to learn more about Viv.”

“After we viewed it, the producers approached us and asked whether we liked it, and we replied yes. They then asked what we liked. So Viv and I got down and jotted down what we loved and were intrigued about. And they reacted to our notes. For me, it was an opportunity to understand more about Viv rather than consider being a producer.”

Even director Taymor acknowledged Vivienne’s “incredible eye” for the show’s production.

Theatrical technical rehearsals are very challenging. They’re long days, and Angelina’s presence impacted me deeply because that’s how you gain people’s trust, which she gave us. “She had so much skin in the game and so much curiosity about everything, and the same was true for Vivienne,” Taymor said. “Vivienne would watch the program and leave me the most lovely messages. Like, fantastic vision. So that was fantastic support, and it certainly improved the job.”

Jolie, Vivienne, and Taymor have contributed to The Outsiders’ 12 Tony nominations, including Best Musical. The awards ceremony will take place on June 16.

Jolie has six children with ex-husband Brad Pitt, including twins Knox and Vivienne, daughters Shiloh, 17, and Zahara, 18, and boys Pax, 20, and Maddox, 22.

The actress previously stated that she would produce a broadcast of S.E. Hinton’s book and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film The Outsiders in August 2023.

During the musical’s April 2024 opening night, Jolie said that Vivienne was the one who encouraged her to pursue the idea.  “She saw an early workshop a few times and then invited me to it,” she added.

“Viv is a young artist who focuses her efforts on her support of others,” Jolie said. “She has been there to assist in any way she can and has learned so much from Justin Levine and the whole creative team.”

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