There was a time when the Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie drama dominated the celebrity gossip niche. Thousands of articles were written daily to satisfy their curious fans. But there’s one common thread running through most of the narratives — Jolie was almost always portrayed as the villain.

What was surprising back then is why Jolie was always vilified. After all, breakups and divorces and finding new loves are notoriously common in Hollywood. But why was the Lara Croft actress given such a special treatment just because she arrived later in Pitt’s life than Aniston?

She Was Too Honest

Perhaps it was because she was being too honest. It might be considered a virtue, but being too honest can put people in hot water.

In Angelina Jolie’s case, she basically admitted in a 2005 Vogue interview that her romance with Pitt started on the set of “Mr. And Mrs. Smith” in 2004, which was probably a bad decision because Pitt and Aniston were still married at that time and Pitt just lied through his teeth in assuring Aniston that he’s not calling it quits for another woman.

While people having affairs with married persons happen all the time, it’s probably not a good thing to talk about it. As a result of her interview, Jolie had to deal with that nasty man-stealer issue for quite some time.

Blame It On Her Roles

People from show business know that a role is just a role, but one can’t expect the general population to know that secret. This explains why viewers tend to hate the actress who plays as the villain in the film.

Unfortunately, it’s not very easy to empathize with Jolie based on her movie roles. She’s the tough-as-nails treasure hunter Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider,” the deadly and manipulative Evelyn in “Salt” and the powerful yet misunderstood fairy in “Maleficent.” Most of her characters are powerful and almost evil, the type of woman one wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley.

In contrast, Aniston’s rise to fame has always been her role as Rachel in the hit comedy series “Friends.” As everyone knows, Rachel is the girl next door, the type of girl that anyone can relate to.

If the public’s opinion on Aniston and Jolie is purely based on the roles they play on screen, then it’s easy to see that people would tend to side with the more “vulnerable” Rachel. And this just might be the case since fans don’t get to personally interact with either Jolie or Aniston. They only knew them through their movie and TV roles.

People Generally Don’t Notice Her Non-Hollywood Efforts

Judging Jolie through her Hollywood exposure is very unfair for her as she has done a lot that people should admire her for. For instance, she set up a number of charitable foundations and is the ambassador of goodwill to the UN.

She has even worked to end violence against women in war-torn areas. It was an effort that even Queen Elizabeth II acknowledged that Jolie was given honorary damehood.

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston Popular tourist attraction Madame Tussauds unveils its seasonal waxwork scene, featuring models of (L-R) Angelina Jolie as the Wicked Step Mother, Brad Pit as Prince Charming from Snow White And Jennifer Aniston as Snow White at the Marylebone Road tourist attraction. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images