Angelina Jolie Described Her Daughter Vivienne As A “Complex Young Woman” After Reports She Requested To Drop Brad Pitt’s Name From “The Outsiders” Playbill

Angelina Jolie gave some rare comments about her relationship with her daughter, Vivienne.

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In case you missed it, the mom-and-daughter duo recently collaborated on The Outsiders on Broadway. Angelina served as a producer, while 15-year-old Vivienne lent a hand as a producer’s assistant.

Angelina Jolie in a brown cape dress stands next to her daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt in a blue outfit at an event
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Ahead of the Tony Awards this weekend, where The Outsiders is up for 12 awards, Angelina sat down with Deadline to share more about how she got involved with the production thanks to her daughter.

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After Vivienne encouraged her to come and see the show, Angelina said she was instantly moved by the way her daughter connected with the story, saying: “As a mother, as a person, I was watching it, but I was really watching the effect it was having on my young daughter and what she was telling me about herself.”

Angelina Jolie, Knox Jolie-Pitt, and Kristen Bell at a red carpet event; Angelina in a suit, Knox in a vest, and Kristen in a sleek dress

Noting that Vivienne was present in the show’s development from the very start, Angelina said working closely with her daughter, more than anything else, “was a moment to learn more about Viv.”

Vivienne Jolie, a gentleman, and Angelina Jolie at a Moleskine event, posing together in casual and stylish attire

As well as Vivienne, Angelina shares five other children with her ex-husband, Brad Pitt: Maddox, 22; Pax, 20; Zahara, 19; Shiloh, 18; and Knox, 15. And her comments about her close relationship with Vivienne come amid much speculation about Brad’s apparent estrangement from the kids.

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In case you missed it, it was reported last month that Shiloh legally filed to drop her dad’s name on her 18th birthday, changing her last name from “Jolie-Pitt” to “Jolie.”

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Sources told People that Shiloh “hired her own lawyer and paid for it herself.” And while she may be the first of her siblings to make legal moves, she isn’t the only one to have seemingly attempted to drop “Pitt” from their last name.

Angelina Jolie stands with Zahara Jolie-Pitt in a white dress and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt in a black dress on the red carpet. Angelina wears a silver gown

Though neither Brad nor Angelina has commented directly on the kids’ apparent attempts to distance themselves from their dad, a source told People that the Fight Club actor is “aware and upset” by it all.

Brad Pitt wearing a casual top and lanyard, looking to the side at an event

“The reminders that he’s lost his children, is of course not easy for Brad,” an insider said after the news of Shiloh’s recent filing. “He loves his children and misses them. It’s very sad.”

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You can find Angelina’s full interview with Deadline here.

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