Entertainment Sports Aly Raisman Says Meeting Angelina Jolie Was 'Light Moment' on Difficult Day of Senate Testimony The Olympic gold medalist tells PEOPLE (The TV Show!) that she hopes to team up with the Academy Award-winning actress to combat violence against women By Abigail Adams Abigail Adams Instagram Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on September 24, 2021 04:02 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Aly Raisman says it was "incredible" having Angelia Jolie in attendance at the U.S. Senate hearing regarding the FBI's handling of the Larry Nassar investigation. In an interview with Kay Adams, host of PEOPLE (The TV Show!), the Olympic gold medalist, 27, confesses to being a tad starstruck when she first learned that the Academy Award winner, 46, wanted to meet her and the other Team USA gymnasts that testified on Sept. 17. "I was like, 'What is my life that Angelina Jolie is watching our testimony and wants to meet us?' " recalls Raisman, whose Lifetime special From Darkness to Light premieres Friday. "In a very intense day, it was a nice light moment." Getty Raisman and fellow gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Simone Biles, Maggie Nichols, Kaylee Lorincz, and Jessica Howard shared their stories at last Friday's hearing. Little did they know, however, that Jolie had been watching. Aly Raisman on the 'Power' of Supporting Those Who've Been Abused: 'Most Survivors Don't Get That' Raisman tells PEOPLE (The TV Show!) that the group had just finished testifying when someone pulled her mother Lynn Raisman aside to tell her that Jolie had viewed their testimony and was interested in meeting the group: "We obviously said yes." After meeting, the group posed for a photo. Jolie shared the image on her Instagram page alongside an encouraging message for the girls. Angelina Jolie (black shirt and white skirt) with the gymnasts. McKayla Maroney/Instagram "I was honored to meet with some of the brave US gymnasts who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday," the actress wrote. "I'm in awe of their courage and commitment to preventing future failures to investigate abuse." Angelina Jolie Says She Was 'Honored' to Meet McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman: 'I'm in Awe of Their Courage' "As Aly Raisman said in her testimony, 'Over 100 victims could have been spared the abuse. All we needed was one adult to do the right thing.' Sending support and respect to them, and to all who are reliving this trauma so that system reforms can occur," she added. Raisman tells PEOPLE (The TV Show!) that she feels "very validated" and "very supported" in wake of her testimony. She hopes that those subjected to Nassar's abuse will get some answers. Getty "I think it's going to take some time, but I felt things were a little bit different in a positive way last week. So hopefully we're going in the right direction." McKayla Maroney Says Reliving Trauma from Larry Nassar Abuse Made Her Want to 'Become Someone Else' In the meantime, Raisman is looking forward to teaming up with Jolie in an effort to combat violence against women of all kinds. "And hopefully we can use both of our platforms to work together, to fight, to end abuse and end violence for women," she says. Aly Raisman: Darkness to Light premieres Friday at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.