She had a wild reputation before catching her big break, but it's been revealed Angelina Jolie wanted to prove she was "reliable" in an effort to win a film role.
Ange, who first starred as Lara Croft in 2001, reportedly agreed to undergo drug and mental wellness testing before signing onto Tomb Raider to show execs she was serious about the role, according to director Simon West.
In an excerpt from the upcoming biography about film executive Sherry Lansing tells of how the then 24-year-old Ange had yet to make it big in Hollywood, but it was her "baggage" and "dark reputation" that made her desirable for the role.
"She definitely had some baggage and something of a dark reputation," Simon writes in the excerpt published on The Hollywood Reporter.
"Funnily enough, that was one of my selling points: This troubled and dangerous aspect in her reputation actually helped the character."
Ange's "baggage" at the time included the persistent reports of her troubled personal life, rumours of drug use and the "odd" relationships she had with her brother James Haven and soon-to-be husband Billy-Bob Thornton.
And while Sherry had her concerns about hiring the actress, the star was committed to proving she was worth the risk.
"She said: 'Look, I want to do it, but I know what my reputation is, and I'll do anything you want to prove that I'm worthy. I'll be reliable, and I'll turn up, and I'll work hard,'" Simon continued.
"She said, 'I don't care if the studio wants to drug test me every day.'"
Showing she was true to her word, Paramount Pictures ordered random urine and blood drug tests for Angelina, who passed them every time.
The studio also placed a team around the now mother-of-six to help provide "spiritual and psychological support" during filming.
Hiring the actress for the lead role paid off with Lara Croft: Tomb Raider earning $275 million worldwide.