Angelina Jolie Admits She ‘Never Wanted’ Kids
Angelina Jolie — actress, director, woman whose family is known for being a mini United Nations — never really pictured herself as a mother.
In a new interview with the Associated Press, the mom-of-six claimed she always imagined herself living a childless existence until a life-changing visit to Cambodia that shifted her worldview.
“It’s strange, I never wanted to have a baby. I never wanted to be pregnant. I never babysat. I never thought of myself as a mother,” she told the publication, explaining that playing with kids at a Cambodian school changed her mind about child-rearing. “It was suddenly very clear to me that my son was in the country, somewhere.”
Jolie got in touch with her maternal instincts while filming 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia. That following year, she adopted Maddox, now 14, from the country.
She since adopted Pax, 12, and Zahara, 10, in Vietnam and Ethiopia respectively. She also has three biological children — Shiloh, 9, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 7 — with husband Brad Pitt.
“When I first came to Cambodia, it changed me. It changed my perspective,” she said, explaining that she felt “a real emptiness” in Los Angeles. “I realized there was so much about history that I had not been taught in school, and so much about life that I needed to understand, and I was very humbled by it.”
Jolie’s latest project, an adaptation of Cambodian author Loung Ung’s memoir First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers for Netflix, brings her back to the country. According to Jolie, she specifically recruited Maddox to assist with research and Pax to act as set photographer for the project as a family learning experience.
She said, “For me, this is the moment, where finally my life is kind of in line, and I feel I’m finally where I should be.”