Originally posted 8 am: In an exclusive with Parade Magazine, Angelina Jolie expanded on earlier statements in which she indicated that she will take a full year off from her burgeoning acting career in order to be with her family. Angelina said partner Brad Pitt also plans to take the year off, and in the interim, the couple will be alternating acting projects so that one parent is always a full-time presence for their four children: Maddox, 5 1/2, Pax, 3 1/2, Zahara, 2, and Shiloh, 1.
On time off: Brad and I are lucky that we are in a position to take turns, and one of us can be home with the kids, and so we kind of have the plan of who is doing what…Basically we’re going to try to take a year off and just be with the kids. So certainly, we’re trying to find a few projects that we love or that we think would be good to do for one reason or the other. But mainly our focus is ‘OK, lets look at our schedule, and try to figure out when we’re going to have family time.’
Balancing it all: Brad and I have a lot of kids, and we want to have more kids. And theydemand a lot of time. It takes a lot just to get all of them fed andclothed and out the door to different schools on time. It’s fun, and welove it. But you can’t balance everything. I think both of us only planto work for a few more years. We’ll try to just stop sooner or later,so we can be home and travel, and just live.
What others think about her family doesn’t matter: Whether people’s thoughts about my family are positive or negative, atthe end of the day, I get to come home to these four little people whoare the greatest things in the world.