David Duchovny Says He “Discovered” Angelina Jolie During ‘Playing God’ Audition

The actor, who starred alongside Jolie in the 1997 thriller ‘Playing God’, recently appeared on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live and shared how he instantly knew the actress would become a big star. “I feel like I discovered Angelina Jolie,” he joked while speaking with host Andy Cohen. 

When Cohen asked, “Really?” Duchovny replied, “Yeah, because I was part of the casting. I didn’t discover her, but she came in, and I just knew she was a movie star. I told everybody we had to cast her.” 

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‘In Playing God’, Duchovny portrayed Eugene Sands, a disgraced surgeon who reinvents himself as a “gunshot doctor” for criminals, while Jolie played Claire, one of the criminals’ girlfriends. 

Jolie had described the role as “wild” in an interview for the June 1997 issue of Interview magazine, saying, “It was very rock-‘n’-roll and fun and loud and say-what-you-want-to-say, dress wild and love wild. I really allowed myself to get into that world.”

Jolie’s career continued to soar after ‘Playing God’, with her starring role in George Wallace earning her a Golden Globe in 1998 for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series, or motion picture made for television. 

Two years later, she won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role in ‘Girl, Interrupted’ at the 72nd Annual Academy Awards. June has been a busy month for Jolie. ‘The Outsiders,’ a show she produced with her daughter Vivienne, who served as a producer assistant, won four Tony Awards. Additionally, this month marked Jolie’s 49th birthday, adding another milestone to her celebrated career.

-Sushmita Sarkar