The grocery store tabloids are usually filled with speculation about everything from her weight to her love life.
But while Angelina Jolie might normally be expected to skip the magazine rack, she rushed to grab a copy of one particular publication as she shopped on Sunday.
The actress grinned with undisguised delight when she spotted her old friend Jane Goodall on the front cover of this month’s National Geographic.
She played the iconic primatologist in the 2011 movie Jane’s Journey.
And Angelina gave a rare public smile as she picked up a copy of the magazine and flicked through the pages while doing her grocery shopping with an assistant in Los Feliz.
The copy was covered by the iconic female scientist, famed for her landmark studies of chimpanzees in the wild.
A new documentary, Jane, scored by composer Philip Glass, draws from more than 100 hours of previously unseen footage filmed by Hugo van Lawick, a National Geographic filmmaker who later married Goodall.
The movie also includes new interviews with Goodall.
The documentary premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, where Angelina was present promoting her movie about the Cambodian genocide First They Killed My Father, now showing on Netflix, which she directed and co-wrote.
She said: ‘Right now I don’t have anything to direct that I feel passionate about like this, so I’ll do some acting. I’ve taken over a year off now, because of my family situation, to take care of my kids.
‘When they can have – when I feel it’s time for me to go back to work, I’ll be able to go back to work. I’ve been needed at home. I hope [to work again] in the months to come.’
Asked what she’ll be working on, she added: ‘Maleficent [sequel], we’re working on, most likely. And I look forward to having some fun with that. Cleopatra, there is a script. There’s a lot of different things floating around. But I haven’t committed.