Despite the media frenzy surrounding their every move, Angelina Jolie says that within the sanctuary of her home with partner Brad Pitt ‘celebrity’ rarely intersects with family. "The only time it ever collides is if, you know, we’re trying to get ready for some event where we have to walk a carpet and somebody gets peed on, and figures, ‘Oh well, I guess we’ll be wearing that this evening,’" she tells GMTV. Not that she’s complaining! Rather, Angelina says, "we appreciate how much that keeps us focused on what’s important."
Thankful to be "really, truly oblivious" to the tabloid’s headlines, Angelina says that their six children — Maddox Chivan, 7, Pax Thien, turning 5 this month, Zahara Marley, 3 ½, Shiloh Nouvel, 2 and twins Knox Léon and Vivienne Marcheline, 4 months — keep the couple so busy that there is little time to worry about anything else. "We wake up, we have a giant family, we occupy each other, and we are quite private."
The interview was conducted during a one-night trip to London to promote her new film Changeling. Angelina reveals that the twins were the only Jolie-Pitt children to make the flight, and that they were weaned at three months. "[That was] about as much as I could do," she explains. "It’s very hard…very hard." To prepare herself for the challenge of breastfeeding twins, the 33-year-old actress says she studied books which taught her positioning techniques, like the double football hold.
"You think, ‘Ah, if anybody can do that, I can do that.’ But it’s a lot harder than it looks in the books. I did that a few times, but [mostly] I would take turns. It just takes a long time."
Click ‘more’ to read about what made Angelina a "giddy, happy mom."
The dark subject matter of Changeling, in which Angelina plays a mom whose son disappears, made it "a horrible film to shoot," she says. As she recently confirmed, it was during that shoot that she became pregnant with the twins; she tells GMTV that the couple started trying to conceive at the beginning of filming and by the time the mental institution scenes were shot at the film’s conclusion, she was indeed pregnant. While confronting the emotions surrounding the loss of a child was difficult, Angelina says that it had a surprising effect on her once the cameras stopped rolling. "I was so happy at the end of every day, and at every lunch because my kids would come see me," she says. "I was so happy I knew where they were, I knew they were safe, and I was so grateful for that."
"Instead of coming home with this weight on my shoulder, I was a giddy, happy mom. And I still am. I think I learned that lesson from the film. I’m so grateful I know where my children are."
As she has hinted at previously, Angelina says that she intends to lessen her workload — but she was quick to point out that "nobody should ever say ‘I’m retiring.’" Adding "I’m not as dramatic as that," Angelina instead "will just work every once in a while." All that time spent out of the public eye won’t be spent planning a wedding, however! She admits that marriage is not overly important to the couple, who "jumped into being a family first."
"That just seems like the biggest commitment you could possibly make anyway. So, it doesn’t feel like anything is lacking."
Changeling is in theaters now.