The on-screen chemistry between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sparked rumours of a romance but the unconventional actress is keen to set the record straight...
Never mind the fact that two of the world's most beautiful stars have just made a film together. The question everyone wants to know is, did the simmering onscreen chemistry between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt spill over into real life?
Recently the rumour mill went into overdrive when the couple were photographed enjoying a relaxing holiday together, following Brad's marriage split from actress Jennifer Aniston.
There's even been suggestions that the couple were having an affair while Brad and Jen were still married. But while the normally vocal Angelina has remained tight-lipped about the rumours, this is the one accusation she has hit back at.
"To be intimate with a married man, when my own father cheated on my mother is not something I could forgive. I could not look at myself in the morning if I did that," she states.
She has also categorically denied having a sexual relationship with Brad and, for now, it seems, those are her final words on the subject.
Today, clearly taken aback by the recent furore, Angelina is more subdued and wary than of late - after all this is the woman who happily revealed she's had lesbian flings and that she once used to carry around a vial of former husband Billy Bob Thornton's blood.
But while she's unwilling to reveal how close she is to 40-year-old Brad off screen, she positively enthuses about their working relationship in their new film Mr And Mrs Smith, opening on Friday
"He's really great," she smiles. "He's very easy to work with, very professional and really good at all this kind of action stuff so it was kind of like having a teammate for all this crazy stuff, it was fun, because usually like with Tomb Raider I'm by myself, so it was nice to do this."
In the film Angelina and Brad play a married couple, who have lost their spark, and who are both completely unaware that each is an assassin hired to kill the other.
Though the movie features a number of intimate moments between the sexy stars, Angelina admits gleefully that it was their many onscreen punch-ups that really appealed to her.
"Brad and I had a lot of fight scenes," she says. "But that was good because we're very competitive in real life, so that made things very interesting."
The actress who turned 30 last week, also says she only had one boy in mind when she made the action-fest - her adopted three-year-old son Maddox.
"He was on set with me every day and all that blowing up of grocery stores and things, he loved it. There was a lot of laughter," she smiles.
Angelina adopted Maddox from his native Cambodia after she visited the country during filming of her 2002 movie Beyond Borders, and, although she's not forthcoming about any current relationships, she can't stop talking about little Mad, as she calls him.
"I feel like I'm Mad's mum and that's all I am," she beams. "He's just started playing football here in England (Angelina has a home in Buckinghamshire), so I'm a bit of a soccer mum at the moment.
"I don't even think about balancing my role as a mum and my work because I have a job and it's a good job and I like being an actor and I'm grateful for the job, but it's not what I am."
The star, who says she has never felt the need to give birth to her own child, now plans to adopt another baby as a brother or sister for Maddox.
"I'd like to adopt one from every continent," she says with a laugh.
The actress also insists that any future relationship with a man will have to be with someone who dotes on her little boy as much as she does.
"That's a high bar as far as I'm concerned," she says. "So I'm not anticipating that coming any time soon."
The Los Angeles-born actress has just topped a poll of the most beautiful women on the planet, and with her famous bee-stung lips and stunning physique it's hardly surprising that she's gained a reputation for bewitching some of the world's most desirable men.
After a short-lived marriage to British actor Jonny Lee Miller when she was 18, she went onto marry and divorce actor Billy Bob Thornton, and has also been linked with Colin Farrell and Nicolas Cage, as well as Pitt.
However, the self-effacing star reckons she's more tomboy than sex kitten.
"I just think I'm kind of goofy," she says, looking anything but. "I've always been one of the boys growing up.
"I'm not soft and emotional, so it's probably easier to approach me as another guy because the girl side of me is very private.
"I always hung out with the guys more when I was growing up. I never really had girlfriends.
"But now as I'm older and I have a child I've found the friendship of other women. And when I'm on set there are people that help with all those girl things to keep myself together," she adds with a laugh.
"But to be honest I always feel most beautiful when I'm in some country and I'm really natural and I'm just hot and sweaty and glowing."
As well as finding fulfilment in motherhood Angelina also says one of the most satisfying roles of her life at the moment is that of Goodwill Ambassador for the UN.
"I've been doing this for four years and I was very focused on just visiting refugee camps, learning and spreading awareness and now I've become more aware of different conventions and different treaties," she explains.
"I'd love to do that full time but acting's giving me the financial ability to build a lot of things and do a lot of good things and give me the option to speak to the press and bring attention to the UN work."
She's so committed to that role her next film project isn't a Hollywood blockbuster, but a documentary she's financed herself about a day in the life of different children in 38 countries around the world.
But film fans needn't worry that she's about to disappear from our screens to devote her life to good causes - there are plenty of highprofile roles to keep her in the public eye; talented actress, devoted mum, tireless charity worker and, now, one half of Hollywood's sexiest couple.
Onscreen at least.