The pair both star in the upcoming Marvel movie, which is set to be released on November 5, and in a new interview with ET they discussed their time working together on the film and revealed what their kids thought of it.
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The actresses told the outlet that they both bonded over motherhood on set.
“There’s the aspect of the mom that is good with the kids and the mom that understands then that motherhood is a cult. You know we have to help each other, we have to talk to each other. And it’s very important to find those moms that say, ‘Yeah, we are together … We can get this done,’” Salma explained. “And then it was like a joy to work with, and we have some of the same interests, and then we met at a time in our lives where we just want two things: meaningfulness, like relationships and friendships that are meaningful… and joy. We just want joy.”
Angelina added, “Salma in this film is the leader, and a healer, and a mother … I could tell as soon as she walked into the room she just carried this warmth and she just takes care of everybody in the room, that’s who she is. And that takes a lot out of you. It takes a lot of strength and it takes such a very empathetic human being. So I think she also saw me and I don’t socialize very much, and I can kind of be a bit heavy, not unlike my character. And she has this warmth of, ‘It’s going to be OK.’ And there’s a scene in the film, which is, that’s very us, and I think bonded us.”
Both Angelina‘s kids – Maddox, 20, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, Knox, 13, and Vivienne, 13 – and Salma‘s 14-year-old daughter Valentina attended the premiere of Eternals last week, and they all shared their reactions to their mom’s latest project.
Angelina said, “Honestly they all loved it” while Hayek added that her daughter “thinks it’s the best superhero movie she’s ever seen.”
Angelina went on to say that she felt it was a rare film that represented her family, which includes adopted children from around the world.
“What I’ve learned within my family is that we are stronger because we are a diverse family,” she said. “That is what makes our family and what we’ve learned from each other and I wouldn’t want it any other way and I so I’m so happy that people around the world will watch this film and I’m hoping this is just the new norm.”
The pair also said that the movie created a lot of impactful relationships.
“It built a lot of real relationships and that’s so important because the film that I am sure you will mention is so inclusive, it is so diverse,” Angelina said. “We are very, very different people coming together with different experiences and it was such a natural family and we learned so much from each other.”