When Angelina Jolie talks, we listen! And that’s exactly what we – her fans – did in yesterday’s online conference when the Academy Award-winning actress answered questions about her upcoming film, In the Land of Blood and Honey. In her writing and directorial debut, Angelina tells the love story of a couple amidst the Bosnian War in the ‘90s.
The mom-of-six – Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5 and 3-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox – admitted that at the time of the war, she was a “punk” and knew “very little” about the ethnic conflict.
“I knew very little, like most Americans,” she said. “I was 17 so I wasn’t very focused. I was my own form of self-destructive, and it was a bad time.”
When asked about being a role model, the actress said,
I was such a punk for so long, you can’t imagine you’d be anybody’s role model,” said said. “I’m very grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to do some things that have allowed me to be a role model. I hope I’m [a role model] for my children, and especially for my daughters.”
Another fan asked about the lessons she hopes to pass onto her six children.
“Compassion and respect,” she said. “I want my children to be aware of the world around them and have respect for all people around the world. From the nature of the make-up of my family, they learn a lot about each other. They don’t see this divide, which is dangerous.”
And when her eldest son Maddox surprised Angie with a question about her favorite scene in the movie, the proud mama said, “Awwww, hi honey,” and continued to discuss when two sisters are reunited in the film.
She went on to tell fans of her partner, Brad Pitt‘s, support as she questioned her directorial debut.
I had a complete emotional breakdown in the shower and Brad found me crying,” she said. “I felt this huge responsibility and I felt very small and, who am I to take this on? I had a complete meltdown.”
The actress went on to say she has “trouble” calling herself a director.
“I just wanted to tell this story and I ended up by default being the director,” she said. “It was a pleasure but I wonder if it would be a pleasure with another cast and crew, and a subject matter that wasn’t so special. I didn’t plan to become a director, and I still have trouble saying I’m a director.”
The serious nature of the film had one fan asking about Angelina’s hopes for humanity.
When you’re young you feel like you can change the world and ask humanity to be kind to each other,” she said. “You can say ‘never again’ and believe it. And then you see too much and you learn too much and you really start to worry. And I honestly am very worried about the state of the economy, about how people are with each other. About what people are focusing on. It’s that simple understanding that it could be you next time. It could be your own children.” She added, “It sounds so simple and so cliche but we all really have to look after each other. Life is so short. Where there is violence and ugliness and pain, it is so unforgiving.”
The mom-of-six encouraged all of us to do “small acts of kindness and thoughtfulness” to our fellow (wo)man.
Angelina and Brad are expected this weekend at the Golden Globe Awards where In the Land of Blood and Honey is nominated for an award.