Angelina Talks Candidly

Angelina Jolie sat down with Helen Barlow from the Sydney Morning Herald during the Cannes Film Festival and gave a revealing interview. Jolie, 32, told Barlow that they do have a helicopter standing by in case she goes into labor, but she still hasn’t decided whether the birth will take place in France or not. One thing she did say was we won’t see her for a while, “I plan to disappear for at least a month or two afterwards.”

On how she feels being pregnant with twins: “Yeah, I’m OK, so far I’m just fine. Everybody said I didn’t have to come, but I was feeling all right. It’s not such hard work. I’m sitting and talking a lot and everybody is being nice to me. If anything, being pregnant and not working I’ve had more time to read and study, to do all those things that I don’t when I’m working.”

On not gaining too much weight during her pregnancy: “No I haven’t,” she admits. “It’s genetics. Dad’s a lanky person. I’m actually trying to put on as much weight as possible so I can stretch, you know. I want as much room as possible.”

On marriage: “I turned on the news and heard we were getting married, and thought, ‘That’s odd’! You know, we’re not against it; it’s not something we’re making a stand about or are scared of. It’s just not felt necessary. We’ve both been married before and I think we feel like we are together because we want to be. We want to raise these children together; we’re committed to them and that’s the priority. It’s not about some contract binding us to have to be dedicated to each other, but that we were going to start building this family and be close just because we are. So we don’t need to do it but one day we will. Maybe if the kids start asking – they’ll probably be the ones to make the decision.”

On her transition since the Billy Bob Thornton days: “I never felt smart when I was young because I was a punk kid with different-coloured hair. The first time I went to Washington I had to cover my tattoos; I was always considered a wild persona and there was also a part of me where I didn’t feel I was a thinker. I had an insecurity about that, though I’m now growing into it and feel more confident finding my own way as a woman. Certainly I still don’t feel as smart as I want to be.”

On her beauty and flaws: “I don’t take it seriously at all and I never listen to it. I look in the mirror and I see my mum and I see my little daughter. Like everybody, there are things about myself that I don’t like.” Such as? “I don’t want to point out my flaws. I have them,” she laughs. “But right now in my life I have a really good partner and somebody who makes me feel that even when I’ve got the flu and I’m sick or if I’ve just had my C-section in the hospital when I had Shiloh, he makes me feel beautiful. I think there is a lot to being supported and loved. You know, my kids make me feel beautiful. True beauty,” she notes, becoming reflective, “is when you’ve really found something inside yourself that you’re at peace with and the people around you are as well.”

On her partner Brad Pitt: “I actually was dead set against being with another actor before I met Brad.” [Really?] “Oh my God, yeah, yeah. I was sure it was going to be a doctor in the field or some kind of human rights activist. The last thing I wanted was the epitome of the attractive male movie star.”

On what it’s like to be “Brangelina”: “We find it silly because we are both so goofy and we know who we are. The fortunate thing is we have so many kids and so many things that ground us. Brad was laughing on the red carpet and people were asking if we were having a great time, but what he was laughing about was he’d just gotten peed on by our daughter.”

On juggling work & family: “We take turns working so one of us is always at home and when we work we limit the hours. We don’t work on weekends. We make sure both of us are at home for at least breakfast or dinner. We adjust everything around family and we’re lucky that we can. I feel for mothers who give birth and have to go to work immediately. We can bring our kids to work, and we only work four months of the year.”

On choosing to do the film “Wanted”: I had lost my mum, I’d had a baby and I’d been breastfeeding and I was in a very emotional place as a woman. I knew instinctually and talked to Brad about it, that if I could find something that would get me physical again it would be like therapy, because everything was making me cry.”

On her mother Marcheline Bertrand being her link to France: “It was a dream of my mother’s to live in France. Brad and I are taking French lessons. There’s something to the language that my mother spoke a bit, and her parents spoke, and she always wanted me and my children to speak.”

On what the future holds for more kids: “We keep thinking, ‘is there ever going to be a time when we don’t have kids in the house?’ Maybe we’ll eventually start a foster home or something. We have a clinic that handles children so there are ways of looking after kids without actually physically having them in your home and we’re doing more and more of that. But I think we will adopt again. I’d like to do it again.”

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Photo: AXELLE/BAUER-GRIFFIN.COM

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  1. devin

    You came because you are the biggest publicity ____ around and wouldn’t miss any photo opportunity.

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  2. Lala

    read and study……ok……

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