Why Angelina Jolie Attended the 'Survivor' Live Reunion Special

The Oscar winner joined the audience at the Dec. 19 finale at CBS Television City, inviting several castmembers to a post-show party at her place.
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Ever wonder what Angelina Jolie watches on TV? Now you know.

Funny, Angelina Jolie doesn't look like a Survivor fanatic. Still, the movie star and mother of six turned up at CBS Television City on Dec. 19, a flock of her kids by her side, to join the audience at the show's live reunion special, which had castmembers reminiscing about the Fiji-set 37th season, David vs. Goliath.

One of those castaways was Mike White, the filmmaker (School of Rock) who keeps popping up on reality shows (he also was on Amazing Race). White, 48, recently penned an adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning book The One and Only Ivan for Disney, and Jolie, 43, has been voicing one of the characters, which is probably how she ended up at the Survivor show. (Ivan also features the talents of Sam Rockwell, Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren.)

According to sources on the set, she "mostly kept to herself," tended to her children and chatted up White's UTA agent. After the broadcast, though, she invited several castmembers to an afterparty at her place. The festivities didn't end there. Other David vs. Goliath stars, crew and friends of the production partied it up at The Parlor in Hollywood. White, who has also written Pitch Perfect 3, Brad's Status, Beatriz at Dinner and Enlightened, looked to be in great spirits despite ceding the $1 million prize to Nick Wilson, a public defender from Kentucky who represented the David tribe.

As for Jolie, she spent some of her holiday working. She did an interview on BBC Radio 4's Today during which she discussed executive producing a 10-episode children's program titled Our World to promote global media literacy. When asked whether she has aspirations to run for president, Jolie didn’t exactly say no. “I honestly will do whatever I think can really make change, and right now I am able to work with a UN agency, that is the most in-the-field of all the UN agencies, to do a lot of work directly with the people in need. I am also able to work with governments and I’m also able to work with militaries, and so I sit in a very interesting place.”

A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.