Angelina Jolie, 32, appeared on Larry King Live this evening, and although the show focused mostly on her new film A Mighty Heart, Angelina did speak a bit about her children, media attention, and rumors. Here are the highlights:
On Shiloh’s name: You name a baby and you hear from across the world that it means…apparently it’s a lot of things. There are a lot of songs, there is [a movie]. It was just, for different reasons, a name we love.
On if she brought home Mariane Pearl’s French-Cuban accent: [laughs] No, I think my kids would have found that really weird. Mad always found it really funny that I looked like Adam’s mom.That’s all he kept saying — that he thought I was goofy that I keptdressing up like Adam’s mom and that that was my job. It was just weird.
On switching off work schedules with Brad: When one of us isworking, the other one is with thekids. You know, when we shot A Mighty Heart, he was figuring out funthings to do in India with the children. It can be challenging, butit’s fun. It’s always harder and more fun to be home with the kids.
Click below for more on Pax’s name, his behavior, how Angelina feels about adoption and traveling, media attention, her candidness, and how they want to raise the Jolie-Pitt clan.
On Pax’s name: My mom wrote a list of names when we weregoing to have Shiloh. And one of the names that she suggested was Paxbecause it meant peace.He’s anything but at the moment. [laughs]
On Pax’s behavior: It took us about a year [to get throughthe adoption process]. He’s wild. He’s beautiful and wild. You know, hehad no freedoms for three-and-a-half years. He had lived in thesame place in the same cot along with 20 other cots and did things atthe exact same time and had no chance to have an opinion himself. Helived a very structured, structured life. And now he has a lot offreedoms. And so he is a very good boy, but he’s also suddenly veryfree.
On adoption: I consider it an honor to have these children in my home — they’re a joy.
On traveling: My family comes with me to these places and there’s no greater thingthan I can teach my children than for them to see that side of my lifeand that side of the world. It’s very important. And weall stay together.
On her candidness: The only things I’ve ever tried to control are [that] I’ve tried to have someprivacy with my family…[like] I don’t want to say whether or not I’mpregnant right now…I am veryopen. I just…have tried to…protect my family, and to try to have some [privacy] aboutthings that I think are my right, because it’s my family and my kidsand my pregnancy, or my whatever it might be.
Media attention on the family: It’s just one of those things that’s best not to think about toomuch. And I hope, as our children grow up, that we will be less andless in the public eye, and they will have less and less that they willhave to live with as they become impressionable adults. Andthey won’t see too much of it. Hopefully we can fade away asthose years approach.
But, you know, they went to a museum the other day, and [Brad and I] weren’t there. We were working andfound that they were followed. Especially when we’re notthere, it seems that [there's] something wrong with that.
On how she and Brad want to raise the kids: We talk…often with how we’re going to raise our children. Andwe want to make sure that we raise them to have as much respect for,and as much comfort in, the village with no video games and no comfortable beds and sheets and fancy this or that, and that theyhave just as much fun, and just as much respect for thosepeople as they do for somebody in a big city with all these otherinteresting things.
And fortunately, we have discovered thatwith all the traveling our children do and all the different places weall spend time in that we do have that balance, that they don’t see itas different, unusual or less than to be in another country. They seeit as different and wonderful things.
We’re trying to instill compassion and understanding and tolerance. Andhopefully they will have that by looking at each other as they grow up,and learning about each other’s countries and just being a family. Butalso, we don’t want them to be spoiled and we don’t want them to beattached to things. And we don’t want them to be attached — or takefame seriously, or anything like that. We want them to be good people,like all parents.