Brangelina to the Rescue
Because being two of the most famous actors of their generation isn’t enough, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have taken on additional roles. The superstar couple are not only influencing their own six children, but they’re taking care of a whole host of other youngsters too! This week, Brad’s been praised for saving the life of a little girl, while his wife is preparing to empower the adults of tomorrow through teaching them.
Brad Saves a Life
Brad, 52, saved a young girl from a crush caused by a crowd watching him shooting a new movie. The Hollywood hunk was filming scenes for his latest movie Allied in Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria, an island in Spain’s Canary Islands. When spectators gathered to watch Brad film scenes for the Second World War espionage epic, a young girl appeared to be crushed up against a crash barrier separating the fans from the set. Upon seeing the girl in distress, the actor rushed over and with the help of a security guard lifted her over the barrier to safety. The girl was then returned safely to her mother. “It was a fantastic gesture!” one onlooker told Spanish publication Canarias7.es, whose editors published pictures showing Brad coming to the youngster’s aid.
Brad helps lift the girl to safety
During a break from filming, the star, who has six children with Angelina, 40, greeted and shook hands with fans who’d gathered to see him in the flesh. For the movie, streets in Las Palmas have been transformed to resemble the Moroccan city of Casablanca in the 1940s. Shooting will also take place on Gran Canaria’s neighbouring island of Fuerteventura. Allied, which is directed by Forrest Gump filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, sees Brad’s character Max, a French-Canadian secret agent, investigate his lover Marianne, played by Marion Cotillard, who is under suspicion of being a spy for Nazi Germany.
Ange’s London Lessons
Angelina is also doing her bit for the kids as she’s set to teach students about sexual violence in conflict on a new course at a London university. The Tomb Raider star teamed up with former British Foreign Secretary William Hague to launch the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI) in 2012 in a bid to crack down on sexual attacks in war zones, and held the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in 2014. They’re continuing their campaign to tackle the issue by becoming visiting professors on a new one-year master’s course Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economic (LSE). “It’s vital that we broaden the discussion on how to advance women’s rights and end impunity for crimes that disproportionately affect women, such as sexual violence in conflict,” Angelina said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to teaching and to learning from the students as well as to sharing my own experiences of working alongside governments and the UN.”
William Hague with Angelina Jolie
Students & Security
The course is the first of its kind globally, and will be run by LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security, which the duo launched last year. Angelina, a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency, will deliver guest lectures to students and participate in workshops and public events. “This course will help underpin our work in preventing sexual violence in conflict, developing expertise and research to assist us in tackling the culture of impunity,” Hague added. “I look forward to working with the LSE students and my fellow visiting professors.” The course will cover gender, militarisation and human rights, and students will conduct on their own research on preventing attacks in war torn areas.