Gwen Stefani shares she was up for the role Angelina Jolie landed opposite Brad Pitt in the 2005 film Mr And Mrs Smith: ‘She beat me!’
Gwen Stefani wanted to take a stab at acting almost 20 years ago.
So the No Doubt singer went in for auditions, she told Ellen on Wednesday, and one of them was for the starring role opposite Brad Pitt in the 2005 action movie Mr And Mrs Smith.
But the blonde beauty – who is now 52-years-old – lost out to Angelina Jolie, who landed the role after Nicole Kidman dropped out.
When Ellen asked Gwen what movie role she did not get, the siren said: ‘Mr And Mrs Smith, Angelina beat me.’
This is not the first time Gwen has talked about losing Mr And Mrs Smith to Jolie.
In 2016 she told Howard Stern: ‘I feel like I almost got it. I went to a bunch [of auditions]. [It was] very competitive and I wanted to do it, but I wanted to do music more.’
And she said she and her husband at the time Gavin Rossdale already knew Brad socially.
And in 2008 she told Vogue magazine: ‘It was between me and Angelina Jolie, and I’m like, “Oh, great. I got a shot here.” The whole acting thing really feels like something I could do. Whenever I’ve done it, whenever I had moments where it works, it’s just like performing. You hit a moment. And that’s what movies are: a series of moments.’
Brad and Angelina co-starred in the movie Mr And Mrs Smith and started dating after the film wrapped. They ended up raising six kids together, Maddox, 20, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 15, and 13-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox.
They got married in 2014 and she filed for divorce in 2016. Their divorce was finalized in 2019.
Stefani has done some acting in the past: she popped up on Dawson’s Creek in 2002, played Jean Harlow in the 2004 film The Aviator, was on Gossip Girl in 2009, and voiced DJ Suki in the 2016 film Trolls.
The singer was promoting her new makeup line on Wednesday’s episode of Ellen.
Stefani said she was thinking about Ellen lately, because she’s, ‘ending a chapter’ of her life, with her long-running talk show coming to a close this year.
‘I know that feeling. I ended Vegas after two years and I know the feeling of you love something so much but you’re ready for the next chapter,’ Stefani said.
Ellen brought up one of her past appearance, before she got married to Blake, where she told the host she would be her maid of honor, with Ellen simply asking, ‘What happened?’
‘COVID,’ Stefani explained. ‘It got really small. I had this fantasy of building like bleachers, but it got smaller and smaller, and as you know, the Lord works in mysterious ways.’
‘It was the perfect amount of people. It was so intimate. It was so exactly what it needed to be,’ she said, adding that the, ‘marriage itself is just so fun.’
She added that she is, ‘so into it,’ and she, ‘feels very blessed,’ as Ellen added that they could tell, ‘you two just clicked.’
‘He’s my best friend. We just have so much fun,’ Stefani enthused, as Ellen mentioned that Blake is back home on the ranch, ‘literally tilling the soil.’
‘He literally texted me an hour ago. He flew home today. We are doing a major – when we do things, we go big. We’re doing major gardening,’ she said.
‘We’re talking about daffodils, we’re talking about like tulips. We did all the bulbs, now we’re doing wildflower seeds, now we’re doing xenias. So I sent him home to figure out how to till all the land and dig a well,’ she added.
When Ellen asked if Blake is doing this all himself, Gwen said he has, ‘one guy’ but that Blake is, ‘literally on the tractor turning the dirt for me when I get there.’
She admitted, ‘I personally like it when people do things for me… a lot. I’m from Anaheim, California and I’m lazy like that, but he actually likes to do it himself.’
Stefani was struck by the fact that she was there to talk about her makeup line and she was talking about planting seeds because, ‘it’s such a huge thing in my life.’
‘I think about all the different seeds that were planted in my life, these seeds of faith, the seeds of these wild ideas I had that actually came true, and even the one to fall in love with Blake. It’s crazy because now I’m gonna go back there and plant so many flowers and they’re gonna bloom, it’s so exciting,’ she admitted.
She also played Burning Questions with Ellen, revealing that ‘everything’ she does embarrasses her kids, the weirdest rumor about her was that she was actually a man, that Blake’s nickname for her is Pretty Girl and her nickname for him is Blakey.