Angelina Jolie discusses her large family

09/09/2007 at 12:26 PM ET

Angelina Jolie, 32, recently spoke with The Times of London, saying she and partner Brad Pitt, 43, adore their large family, which includes Maddox Chivan, 6, Pax Thien, 3 1/2, Zahara Marley, 2 1/2, and Shiloh Nouvel, 15 months, and can’t imagine life without each and every one of their characters.

You know, I always wanted to adopt kids. My mother used to say that I talked about it when I was a little girl. And I’ve always wanted a big family. And Brad’s the same. We are enjoying the children together. So, as much as it’s absolute chaos and sometimes we look at each other and think, ‘My God! What have we done?’, there are many more moments when I couldn’t imagine any one of them not being here. They are such big personalities, and it’s so exciting to watch them grow up.

Brad and I would like more kids, but we’re aware that right now we can give special time to each one of them every day, and we want to make sure we continue to do that.

You know, when I’m having a really bad day, I just think, they are all healthy, they are all well and nothing else matters.

Her late mother’s influence extends to the way she raises her children, Angelina remarks.

I am my mother’s daughter. Very much so. My love of children, my values, caring about what goes on in the world, all of that comes from her. She was the most wonderful woman and a fantastic role model for me. I miss her terribly every day. I try to raise my children the way that my mother raised me.

Speaking of Brad as a father, Angelina illustrates with a wave of her hand how comfortable she is leaving him in charge of the kids.

They’re with their dad, actually. Around here somewhere. And I’m going to hook up with them in a couple of hours. When I’ve done this. Brad’s a great father, a very hands-on father. We’re very hands-on parents, believe me.

The actress stated she hasn’t worked on a film in almost nine months [this interview was done in June while she was promoting A Mighty Heart], and she’s interested in diving into a new project before adding to the family.

I haven’t worked for nine months, so I’ve been balancing kids and doing everything, and now I’m ready to work. When I work, Brad stays at home with the kids and vice versa. When we were in India, it was his job to entertain them and he loves that. So it’s all about scheduling. Fortunately, they love traveling, so we go everywhere as a family. I kind of feel that our home is wherever we are.

When asked what she thinks her children will think about the ‘Brangelina’ phenomenon and the frenzy over the looks of their parents, Angelina laughs.

Yeah, that’ll make them laugh. To them we’re two of the dorkiest people on the planet!

Source: The Times

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MommyX1 on

I’m confused..isn’t she shooting a movie at the moment called Wanted or whatever?

Sarah’s note: Sorry, that is confusing. This interview is from June, when she was promoting A Mighty Heart. I will add that to Alyk’s post.

emmalee on

“I haven’t worked for nine months, so I’ve been balancing kids and doing everything, and now I’m ready to work.” I wonder if The Times recycled this interview from several months ago. She filmed “Wanted” in Europe and Chicago in the past few months.

For all her past eccentricities, she sounds so sensible and grounded now.

Sarah’s note: Yeah, it’s from June.

Sami on

Yeah that must be from May/June.

It sure sounds like they have sussed(sp), despite the screaming tabloid headlines. Glad for them!

Am amazed that people still expect her to be the same person she was in her 20’s…she’s 32 now. Noone is the same as when they were in their twenties, even though the tabloids keep harping on about it like it happened yesterday.

ricky on

why does such fractured family want more kids? according to the latest Life&Style mag, this couple is doomed anyway. brad still talks to jen and this drives angelina nuts! i feel bad for their children.