Already an actress, a mom, a humanitarian, Angelina Jolie added director to her list of accomplishments with the release of her new film In the Land of Blood and Honey, which was nominated for a Golden Globe earlier this week. In an interview with Starpulse.com, Angelina says that regardless of whatever other projects she tackles, the family she shares with Brad Pitt and their 6 children will always be her top priority.
On making time for films and family: “Well, I would never sacrifice any time with my family. Brad and I, if we couldn’t manage our schedules, we would always sacrifice work. So I stayed with him while he was doing Moneyball in L.A. with the kids. And I did the prep for this film mostly here and I only traveled for two days and I came back, two days and I came back. I kept doing that because I couldn’t leave my family for a long time. So I had a very scattered prep and I only had three days in country before I started shooting because I had to stay with my family. And Brad’s film went over so I had to push back. We had three days where I was completely there and then I started and he was there a week later. So we just do everything we can to try to stay together and through the film, my family was there. So he took the kids to school and after school they came to set and we would usually stay outside of the set and play with the fake snow and try not to come anywhere near the camera because it’s an inappropriate film for them to be near.”
On how her kids’ childhoods differ from her own: “Well, I’m trying to make them just more global. My mother, as open as she was, we just didn’t travel as much and she always taught me to be a good person. She was always interested in things. She took me to my first Amnesty International for dinner when I was nine. She was part Native American and always told me issues but we didn’t live outside of America. We didn’t travel, we weren’t at home in the world. Our world was smaller. So with my family, I’m trying to raise them to have respect for all people and make friends around the world and feel at home with the world and really live a truly global [life] because I think it’s what forms them and it’s really important to me. And I make sure they do their math and their science, but that is the most important thing for me.”
On what makes her happiest: “Being a mom. We had a moment, often I’m happy whenever I’m with my children, but there was a moment where we had just finished work in New York and Brad and I were piled in the car with the kids and we’re listening to Christmas songs and we were laughing and playing games in the car and I looked at Brad and I said, ‘This is one of these moments, isn’t it? This is the moments we live for.’ And so it’s that. You just catch yourself sometimes and you look around. I’m so fortunate; I love my family so much. And they’re such a funny, interesting group of people.”
Read Angelina’s entire interview at Starpulse.com