Angelina Jolie on Choosing Bosnian Conflict for Her Directing Debut, Traveling With Six Kids and If Marriage Is in Her Future


Angelina Jolie on Motherhood and Having a Family With Brad Pitt

While she said she isn't expecting the film to be a box office hit, Jolie believes it was an important project to take on.

"We did it because we felt this is a war that isn't talked about enough," Jolie said. "I know it's a hard film to sit through, but it's two hours to sit through something that's very hard, and these people lived through it for many, many years, and it was many, many times worse than any reenactment could possibly be. And I feel like it's a gift and a duty to sit through two hours of what they lived through."

The star has garnered international fame for launching several revitalization projects in struggling countries, and famously adopting children from those regions, which she and actor Brad Pitt raise and homeschool together.

"I'm being very careful with their schooling, we're home-schooling especially when it comes to history, to make sure it's not one country's point of view of their country," Jolie said. "Because it has to be very balanced and they have to learn about their country so they can form their own conclusions."

The six children of the Jolie-Pitt household make up their own mini-United Nations of sorts. Aside from Pitt and Jolie's biological children, 5-year-old Shiloh and 3-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, the family includes Maddox, 10, from Cambodia, Pax, 8, from Vietnam and Zahara, 6, from Ethiopia.

"I look at them and think what their birth parents must have gone through, what their birth grandparents would have done through, and so I feel connected to it," Jolie said. "It's a gift when you adopt a child from another country. This whole country enters your home."

Jolie and Pitt are often seen with their kids in tow. The star said the whole family travels together, wherever they go, and the kids are even always on location with them.

"It's so hard with family in this business so we take turns working, so whenever one of us works, the other makes sure they're there for the kids so we never have to split up the family," Jolie said. "If it's over five days, everybody's got to move in a big traveling mass."

Despite their megawatt stardom, Jolie said she and Pitt try to keep things "normal" and even have date nights together. Just like other couples, the actress admitted they have their differences in opinion, especially when it comes to politics. For one, Jolie said she and Pitt differ on the death penalty.

"I won't say whose side anyone is on, but it's the one, the thing nobody brings up at dinner because nobody wants us to go off on each other," she said. "But it's fun. It's a fun debate, you know? It's a good-- you want to be able to have -- to respect each other's views and to not be exactly-- we're not identical. We have-- we have strong views."

However, when asked if there were wedding bells in the future for her and Pitt, Jolie delicately dodged the question.

"The kids asked me the other day and I asked them if it was just because they wanted to have a 'big cake,'" she said, laughing. "They see movies that have the people getting married in the movies or somebody's, you know, the happily ever after. Shrek and Fiona are married."

"We've explained to them that our commitment when we decided to start a family was the greatest commitment you could possibly have. Once you have six children, you're…you're committed."

Jolie has starred in more than 30 films, earning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1999 film, "Girl, Interrupted." However, she said motherhood has changed her whole attitude about her career.

"I don't feel needed in a position of being an actor. I feel like I'm needed at home as a mom, and I'm hoping that I'll find other things," Jolie said. "I'd love to be able to write or direct or work on and produce more projects about issues dealing with situations that I feel passionate about."

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