In a recent red carpet appearance for her new movie Changeling, after a five month hiatus from the public eye, Angelina Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt had their minds on six special people: their children Maddox Chivan, 7, Pax Thien, 5 this month, Zahara Marley, 3 ½, Shiloh Nouvel, 2, and fraternal twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline, 4 months. While "it’s fun to dress up and be adults," Angelina finds comfort in knowing that the celebrity scene is only a "little blip" in their lives. "We were both whispering, ‘We’ll be home soon. We’ll be home soon,’" shares Angelina.
Discussing her celebrity image, Angelina feels that the public sees what they choose to believe. She realizes that her reality of changing diapers and caring for her children has a far less glamorous appeal than an ostentatious Hollywood lifestyle. "They don’t necessarily want to know" about our journeys through parenthood, explains Angelina, who says she and Brad are "very rarely asked about how we balance our children or our favorite bedtime stories." From diapers to toddlerhood to staying home with the kids, the 33-year-old says they are "all that stuff we love" and that all of those mundane things make up "the world we live in."
"They like to make things a little fantastic. People like to imagine that, I guess, in some way…But I like to think that people can see through that and I think that there are a lot of people out there — for example mothers — that can see through a lot of stuff and can know that we’re similar in many ways."
With six children, all under the age of eight, Angelina is not oblivious to the fact that her responsibilities in life have shifted from a successful career to becoming a full-time mom — a lifestyle that the actress is prepared to fully embrace. "I have a lot of children and I have a big responsibility to make sure they’re growing right," explains Angelina, who wants her family to know that "they’ve got [Brad and I] there for" them. Not forgetting her commitments as a UN ambassador, Angelina is prepared to incorporate the two worlds of raising awareness for causes close to her heart with the goal of raising her children to be "people of conscious and global citizens of the world." With that in mind, Angelina plans to "become active" as she exposes her children to foreign lands. "I want them to see all different countries. I want to learn with them about the world and certainly, wherever I can, shine light on situations I think are important," says Angelina.
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After reportedly receiving the highest paid offer to ever be presented to a couple for a newborn photo shoot, Angelina and Brad agreed to introduce their twins in a spread for PEOPLE magazine in order to maintain control of the bigger issue at hand. With the world stopping at no cost to snap the first shots of the babies — including "people breaking into our property or into the hospital" — Angelina was determined to avoid giving into the countless paparazzi who were more than willing to get "into our children’s faces or [drill] a hole through the ceiling of our hospital room, something ridiculous and horrible" all driven by the motivation of money.
"Either we’re going to have these type of people make that kind of money off our children or we’re going to say that there’s something really wrong with that so what can we do about it. Then we find a real positive…something we can make positive and do something where in turn it does some good and makes us feel okay about it all. So it’s really that instead of…it’s a response to this other thing that we have to counter."
Making a gradual change that leads her farther away from the industry, Angelina hopes that her movie roles will eventually be far more sporadic as she enjoys "being home a lot these days." As new faces grace magazine covers and seek fame in Hollywood, Angelina is at peace with the fact that her time in the spotlight will not be forever. Instead, the actress is ready to "do a few things now" and eventually "fade away" as she looks forward to being "a grandma one day."