Angelina Jolie On Embracing The "Beautiful Chaos"
Despite how it may appear to the outside world, the Jolie-Pitt family has been carefully created with a great deal of forethought, actress Angelina Jolie tells the New York Times. "I know we seem crazy, just bringing them in one after the other, but we do plan," Angelina says. "We make sure one is absorbed completely into the family before we add another."
Still, the 33-year-old mom of six — Maddox Chivan, 7, Pax Thien, 4 ½, Zahara Marley, 3 ½, Shiloh Nouvel, 2, and 3-month-old twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline — admits that there are moments when she and partner Brad Pitt "look at everyone around the dinner table, and it’s just crazy." In a separate interview with USA Today, Angelina insists that that craziness is nothing new, however. "When you have more than three kids, it’s just chaos anyway, no matter how many you add." Calling her family "the greatest thing" she and Brad have done in their lives, Angelina says that since welcoming Knox and Viv — whom she describe as "lovely" — there’s been "even more beautiful chaos," and that she wouldn’t change a thing.
"All I wished for was that they’d be healthy, because I was nervous since they were twins. They are, and they’re great."
As her family grows, so does Angelina’s reluctance to commit to new roles. She intends to take another full year off from acting, agreeing only to shoot the film Salt and reprise her vocal performance in Kung Fu Panda — the first and only film in her repertoire that the children have seen. Since the summer, the kids have been home-schooled with success: "They’ve had Mommy and Daddy every day for every meal, and they’ve been very close to us," Angelina explains. When she’s pitched a new project, a litany of concerns must immediately be addressed, like "Who’s in school at that time? How can I be sure I don’t do too many long hours? Can the three youngest be on the set every day?"
"As long as I can still be with my family, it’s fun. But I only want to do that, and I’m not looking for anything else."
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All that one-on-one time with mom has led to some interesting revelations for the older children, who have entered into a stage of believing that their parents are anything but cool. "Even video games, you know, it’s ‘Mom, you can’t play this. You won’t know how,’" Angelina explains. "They all think I can’t do anything, that I’m just there to snuggle with." She’s proven them wrong on more than one occasion, however.
"The other day Madd said, ‘Can you do a cartwheel?’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I can.’ And he was like, ‘Wow, Mom.’ And I thought: ‘Oh, yeah. I can do some things. You wait. You’ll find out. I’m capable.’"
Another moment Angelina is looking forward to? The day the children are old enough to watch Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the 2005 film which introduced Angelina to Brad — and set the wheels in motion for their eventual family-to-be. Notes Angelina,
"Not a lot of people get to see a movie where their parents fell in love."