Angelina Jolie Talks Family and Brad Pitt: We ‘Have Our Own Issues’
Not only do Angelina Jolie’s six children make their Vogue debut this month, but the Oscar-winning matriarch also opens up about her married life with actor Brad Pitt in the last issue of the fashion magazine.
Between the glossy pages filled with photos of the diverse and ridiculously good-looking family, Jolie, 40, explains how they function as a unit. Famous for traveling in a pack with her kids, the mother of Maddox, 14, Pax, 11 Zahara, 10, Shiloh, 9, Knox, 7, and Vivienne, 7, says that she wants her children to learn as much about their own culture — and their siblings’ cultural backgrounds — as much as possible.
“We travel often to Asia, Africa, Europe, where they were born,” she tells the publication, adding that the kids are homeschooled by teachers from different backgrounds and religions. “The boys know they’re from Southeast Asia, and they have their food and their music and their friends, and they have a pride particular to them. But I want them to be just as interested in the history of their sisters’ countries and Mommy’s country so we don’t start dividing. Instead of taking Z on a special trip” — who was adopted from Ethiopia in 2005 — “we all go to Africa and we have a great time.”
“The kids that don’t want to go don’t go,” Jolie, who is also a UN Special Envoy, says of her humanitarian missions.
While Jolie does have to tend to common mom duties that taking the sons and daughters to the doctor’s and what not, she says the clan works in their own way.
“I schedule individual time with each of the kids like a crazy person,” she says, adding that she plans to take some time off from acting to put her energy into directing, her humanitarian work, and family in the near future. “I’m happy to be home. I want to really focus on my children, doing the best I can to guide and protect them before they are out of the house. These are their most important years.”
As for Pitt? Though she enlisted her real-life husband to play her co-star in By The Sea, a story about a husband and wife who moves to a waterside hotel after they’re stricken with grief, 10 years after Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Jolie getting the movie on its feet was a tough task.
According to her, she wrote the film after the passing of her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, in 2007. Jolie and Pitt, 51, took on the roles to challenge themselves as actors.
“As artists we wanted something that took us out of our comfort zones,” Jolie says. “Just being raw actors. It’s not the safest idea. But life is short.”
“It’s not autobiographical,” she adds. “Brad and I have our issues, but if the characters’ were even remotely close to our problems we couldn’t have made the film.”