Angelina Jolie's off-again,on-again relationship with her father, actor Jon Voight, is on again.
"Jon and I have gotten to know each other — through grandchildren now — [and] we're finding a new relationship," the 42-year-old actress, who is promoting her fourth directorial effort, First They Killed My Father, tells Scott Feinberg on THR'sAwards Chatter podcast (which can be downloaded via THR.com/TheRace). "We've had some difficulties, [but] through art we've been able to talk. It's the common language."
Their difficulties reached a nadir in 2002, shortly after Voight and Jolie starred together as father and daughter in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, when Voight gave an interview to Access Hollywood and claimed that Jolie had "serious mental problems." Jolie responded by legally dropping "Voight" from her name, though she had never used it professionally ("I wanted to have my own identity — I didn't want to walk into a room as 'Jon's daughter,'" she explains).
For now, though, Jolie and her famously conservative dad seem to have figured out the secret of keeping filial peace. "We don't really talk politics well," she says. "We talk art very well."
Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight
Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 4: Actor Jon Voight holds his new born baby Angelina Jolie Voight (only 4 hours old) on June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 01, 1978: Jon Voight holding his daughter Angelina Jolie at a party for KISS at Firoucci in Los Angeles, Calfornia. Photos by Brad Elterman/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 8: Jon Voight, Angelina Jolie and James Haven sighted on January 8, 1981 at Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, California (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - circa 1990: Actor Jon Voight with his daughter Angelina Jolie. (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 24: (L-R) James Voight, Barbara Voight, Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight attend 58th Annual Academy Awards on March 24, 1986 at the Dorothy Changler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Angelina Jolie, Jamie Haven, Jon Voight, and mother at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion in Los Angeles, CA (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
Jon Voight and Son James and Angelina Jolie (Photo by Steve Granitz Archive/WireImage)
Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, and Jamie Haven (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
Actor Jon Voight (L) shares a personal moment with his daughter Angelina Jolie, co-star of the new action film " Gone in 60 Seconds" as they arrive for the film's premiere June 5 in Los Angeles. Jolie's new husband, actor Billy Bob Thornton is at (R). [The action film, about a band of car thieves, co-starring Nicholas Cage opens June 9 in the United States.]
Angelina Jolie gets a hug from her father Jon Voight as he presents her with the award for Supporting Actress of the Year at the ShoWest Awards show March 9 in Las Vegas. ShoWest is an annual convention of movie theater owners.
Jon Voight and Daughter Angelina Jolie (Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 10: Actor Jon Voight and daughter/actress Angelina Jolie arrive at the 1998 premiere of 'Playing by Heart' on December 10, 1998 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
Jon Voight and Angelina Jolie at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Writer/Director Angelina Jolie (L) and actor Jon Voight arrives at the 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' premiere held at ArcLight Cinemas on December 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 08: Writer/director Angelina Jolie (L) and actorJon Voight arrive at the premiere of FilmDistrict's 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' held at ArcLight Cinemas on December 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)