When it initially came to signing on for “The Tourist,” Angelina Jolie had one thing on her mind. “I had questioned if there was anything that shot in a great location. Honestly, that was the phone call I made,” she says with a laugh. “I got a call that this film shot in Venice and Paris and it was a real lady, so I was interested.”
The film features Jolie as the estranged girlfriend of a wanted felon as she leads Johnny Depp’s American tourist into an international game of cat and mouse. But while there’s plenty of action and gunplay, Jolie’s character doesn’t really get her hands dirty.
“It took me a while to get the heels and the gloves and the whole how-to-hold-the-handbag,” she says of her uber-elegant character. “I think everybody knows I’m not necessarily that female in that way. So it was a little bit of an exercise to get in there.”
But for Jolie, the hardest part of nailing the character was learning to take it easy. “My note that I got every day was slow down,” she says. “Because I think as a very modern woman, we attack things, we’re aggressive. We’re like New Yorkers, you know? So this is the hardest thing for me, to kind of take a deep breath and just glide a little more. It took me a really long time.”