Brad Pitt has starred in over fifty movies during his long, incredible career, from experimental critical darlings like "The Tree Of Life" to giant action-packed blockbusters like "World War Z." But can you guess how many of those films were directed by women?
According to Angelina Jolie, that number is just one -- the upcoming romantic drama "By The Sea," which she herself directed and starred alongside him in. That, she says, speaks volumes in the ongoing conversation about bias against female directors in Hollywood, which has grown so enormous that even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has gotten involved.
While speaking to the The New York Times, Angelina Jolie admitted that her own thoughts on sexism in the entertainment industry are complex. She's frustrated with the idea of being pigeonholed as a female director, but knows how hard it is for other women like her to succeed in the industry.
"I just think that sometimes people in the business focus on the fact that you’re a minority," she said. "I don’t want people saying, 'Should we get a female director?' I want to hear, 'Should we get a great director for this movie?' But I’m the first female director that Brad’s ever worked with. That doesn’t seem right when you think about it."
Jolie also pointed out that she tends to focus her attention on giving other female writers and directors the chance to show their stuff, too -- currently she's producing a new animated film, "The Breadwinner," by director Nora Twomey.
"Sexism is part of every industry and must be addressed. But I try not to focus on the negative but the positive side of what we can bring," she said. "I want to support other women because of the opportunities I’ve had — and I’ve had a lot of opportunities."
"By The Sea" hits theaters November 13.