Angelina Jolie says she & Brad ‘would both prefer that the kids didn’t become actors’

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As we discussed yesterday, Entertainment Weekly put Angelina Jolie/Maleficent on this week’s cover, and they got a lengthy, exclusive interview too. It’s advanced promotion for both Maleficent and Unbroken, but it’s also Angelina’s first big interview in more than a year, so she has a lot to say about a variety of things. Anyway, we had some of the early quotes from the interview yesterday, but more quotes came out later and they are gold. Lots of stuff about the kids. Some highlights:

Angelina on putting the kids in her movies & Brad’s movies: “We think it’s fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors. That’s not our goal for Brad [Pitt] and I at all. I think we would both prefer that they didn’t become actors.”

Casting Vivienne as a young Aurora: “She was 4 at the time, and other 3- and 4-year-old [actors] really wouldn’t come near me. Big kids thought I was cool—but little kids really didn’t like me. So in order to have a child that wants to play with [Maleficent]…it had to be a child that really liked me and wasn’t afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv.”

Loving Maleficent: “She was just my favorite as a little girl. I was terrified of her, but I was really drawn to her. I loved her. There were some discussions about it before I got the part, and I got a phone call from my brother, who said, ‘You’ve got to get your name on the list for this.’”

The other kids were scared of her: “When Pax saw me for the first time, he ran away and got upset — and I thought he was kidding, so I was pretending to chase him until I actually found him crying. I had to take off pieces [of the makeup] in front of him to show him it was all fake and not freak out so much.”

Angelina told her kids about Maleficent’s backstory in effort to get them to sympathize with her: “I said, ‘Let me tell you the real story but you can’t tell anybody’. So this was my test too, like any parent. The next day, I heard Shiloh getting into a fight with another kid, defending Maleficent, saying, ‘You don’t understand her!’ They got into a bit of an argument and I thought, that’s the reason to do the film. When that character makes mistakes — which Maleficent does, and crosses many lines — you want them to be angry at her and concerned and confused and in the end, somehow understand something that they didn’t know before.”

Maleficent and injustice: “It’s not just that there’s more to people than meets the eye, but that there’s injustice in the world and children get fired up about injustice. [They] want the character they believe in to get up and fight. And when that character makes mistakes—which Maleficent does—and crosses many lines, you want them to be angry at her and concerned and confused and, in the end, somehow understand something they didn’t know before.”

Pax & Zahara did cameos in the scene where Maleficent puts a curse on baby Aurora: “I had to walk by them being very mean. Of course, I wanted to stop and wink at them.”

How she’s doing after her double mastectomy: “I’m great! I’m very happy I made the decision. I was very fortunate to have great doctors and very, very fortunate to have a good recovery and have a project like Unbroken to have something to be really focused on, to be getting healthy for, and to be able to just get right back to work. The reason that I wrote it was to try to communicate and help and connect with other women and other families going through the same thing. I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people.”

She’s a ball of laughter at home: “Outside my home I can be somewhat serious,” she admits. But with her family, “We laugh and we play, and I’m light again, and I’m a kid again, and I’m loving and soft again because they’ve brought that back in my life.”

[From Us Weekly, E! News & People]

I like that she talks about the kids so much and that she’s giving us hints about their personalities. Why was it that Vivienne wasn’t bothered by her Maleficent makeup? And Shiloh getting into a fight, defending Maleficent’s honor? Precious. Shiloh has a lot of fight in her, and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Angelina began guiding Shiloh into a path where that fighter spirit will work to her advantage. Also: YES! Zahara has a cameo in Maleficent!! I can’t wait.



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  1. Dani2 says:

    Her stories about her kids are the sweetest, I just love Momgelina.

    • Frida_K says:

      “Momgelina” –ha, I love it!

      Yes, she is wonderful. So many facets to her persona, and all so interesting and rich.

      I cannot WAIT for this movie!!

    • Yeller says:

      I must be the only one who loathes it when stars talk about their kids in interviews. Its bad enough how stalked those poor babies are, is it necessary to drop this little tit bits? She must now how fixated her fans are, no doubt there are some formulating personality charts for these kids based on just those three sentences about them.

      She should ban all question about them until they are able tonderstand the kinds of people that follow them and be old enough to give consent.

      • Esmom says:

        In a way it’s smart, dropping little tidbits to keep people satisfied rather than keeping them speculating and making up crap out of thin air. I noticed she talked about them only in the context of the movie, really, and not much more than that. I even think the story about Shiloh is BS because I can’t imagine kids that age getting into fights about the nuances of a character, before the movie has even come out. But it fits the narrative of the interview she’s doing so why not?

      • LadySlippers says:

        @Esmom: When my daughter was younger she certainly got all fired up like Shiloh did and for the same reasons. My son would as well but not as much as my daughter. Lol.

      • Esmom says:

        LadySlippers, it’s not that I can’t imagine Shiloh getting fired up. It’s more than I can’t imagine “some kid” trying to pick a fight with her over Maleficent’s motivations. That’s what rang untrue. But who knows, maybe it did all happen. I was not trying to shade Jolie or her family!

      • LadySlippers says:

        How I read what Angie said was that someone probably told Shiloh that Maleficent was ‘bad’ which got Shiloh defending Maleficent. In my experience, both as a mother and someone who’s worked in daycares and schools, that type of argument happens quite often.

      • lower-case deb says:

        i was imagining that the explanation and defense happened close to when the trailers were going to be released, not yesterday or within this week.
        i’m sure AJ was told by the studio: “heads up, we’re going to release some Maleficent trailers”, and perhaps AJ had to give her children a pep-talk beforehand, just so they know what to expect.

        perhaps she did talk about it to them when she was filming, but maybe she just reminded them again. seeing your mom work as Maleficent (with all the crew and set around) vs. seeing the finished edited product may not be the same.

        and maybe the next day when the trailers hit, i remember the Lana del Rey one was released during the Oscars (but could be any of the other two), one of Shiloh’s friend was teasing her: “Hey, your mom is Maleficent (that’s the tagline Angelina Jolie is Malecifent)? She’s EVIL!” maybe Shiloh got into an altercation trying to explain Maleficent isn’t evil therefore Mom isn’t evil.

        all speculation of course.

  2. LadyMTL says:

    When I think about the “wild child” Angelina compared with the woman she’s become, I’m sort of baffled at how different she now is. Honestly, I think she’s matured and she wears it well…keep up the good work!

    • Suzy from Ontario says:

      I think a lot wild child kids are intense and passionate and looking for *something*, but they don’t know what, which is why I think a lot of experimentation is done. Too many feel hopeless and worthless, especially if they have dysfunctional home lives, and are desperately looking for love in the wrong places and numbing their pain through drugs and alcohol. If they can find something where they feel they are making a true difference, especially for the innocent (children, animals, etc.), many become passionate and intense crusaders and their empathy and sensitivity get channeled in a positive direction. They can often make a huge difference. I think Angelina feels very deeply and seriously about the causes she supports, as opposed to some celebrities where it’s more of a publicity stunt to make them look better.

    • bns says:

      Agreed. It’s like two different people.

  3. xboxsucks says:

    Shiloh will be trouble :-)
    really excited for this ,hopeful it is good.

  4. Andrea1 says:

    Yes! I can’t wait. And I love the fact she and brad don’t want their kids to become actors. That’s refreshing.
    And God! That cover is breath taking.

    • MorticiansDoItDeader says:

      She claims doesn’t want them to become actors, yet she and brad have put them in at least 2 of their films already (world war z and this). Sounds more like encouragement than discouragement.

      • gennline says:

        Just because they let them have little cameos does not mean that is their ultimate goal for them. Brad said when Maddox had to go through being made up for WWZ he was moaning.
        The children can see what film making is really like, hours of hanging around waiting for things to be set up. Thats pretty off putting in itself.
        How many people still think that film making is magic when really its hours of boredom.

      • Anna Scott says:

        OK gennline, that’s like saying: I don’t want my kinds to eat fast food but I’m taking them to McDonald’s today. Get it?

      • lower-case deb says:

        i think that the difference here is in her choice of words. she –prefers– them not to, rather than she ‘does not’.

        granted it’s a very thin line of difference bordering on semantics. but, it just communicates a different implication.

      • TC says:

        I’m sure Angie and Brad will support any career their children end up choosing for themselves. Brad has said as much in interviews. I can understand why both parents would prefer they choose non-acting professions though. The business is brutal and unforgiving. Not for the thin-skinned. Particularly in the Internet Age. Just look and how badly Angie has been vilified in the press back in 2005? Who would want that kind of disparaging media attention foisted on their kids?!

      • mfmaefh says:

        I don’t get it too,by the way she always take her kids so what hints about their personalities

  5. littlestar says:

    As if Queen Zahara won’t become an actor! Or some sort of stylish diva :D .

  6. daisy says:

    I never understand when actors don’t want to have their kids to be actors. It’s not as though Hollywood has beaten them down. So, why?

    • j.eyre says:

      This is my question as well – and I am not harping on Brad or Angelina – but I wonder when actors say this; do they not like their jobs?

      • Eva says:

        Maybe they want to protect them, there’s a lot of rejection and focus placed on your looks, maybe they just want more out of life for them.

      • Andrea1 says:

        I don’t think they would want their kids to go through the same media scrutiny they have passed through.

      • V4Real says:

        Maybe because they are in the know of how Hollywood really works. They know what they have been through and perhaps want to spare their kids the heartache of being put on public display and spare them the criticism that would most likely happen just because of who their parents are. AJ is already being accused of Nepotism and her daughter only has a small role in her upcoming film.

      • lower-case deb says:

        the nepotism thing reminds me of Lena Dunham.

      • j.eyre says:

        Yes, but if all of that is true, why do these actors not leave the profession? In the case of Brad and Angelina, they both have successful ventures outside of Hollywood.

        You really don’t hear people who are successful in their field saying “Gosh, I really hope my kid doesn’t become a teacher!”

        Again, I am not attacking. But A list actors don’t leave the industry so isn’t that an endorsement of it?

      • Zvonk says:

        Angelina Jolie’s brother is an actor. Despite having a sister who is considered at the top of her profession, he struggles for work. Do you think Angelina is oblivious to how difficult it is for her brother trying to work in her shadow? Meryl Streep’s two eldest daughters are actresses and have experienced the same rejection that many actors go through daily.

        I know a singer whose mother had a spectacular singing career. She has struggled for recognition for the past 20 years. Being the child of someone famous can certainly open some doors, but it doesn’t make the struggle any less strenuous. An actor’s struggle for success and recognition is difficult enough as it is, without having every failure splattered across the pages of tabloids.

      • TC says:

        j.eyre — I don’t think Brad and Angie will remain in front of the camera for much longer. Both are doing more behind the camera in producing and directing capacities and Brad has said both he and Angie have their “exit strategies” in an interview on the Charlie Rose Show. The industry has been very good to them and they don’t deny it. They have said this over and over in interviews. It’s afforded them the opportunity to get involved in other things that they love and champion. But being in the industry also comes with a price, and when you have children your focus changes and you see things differently as that world begins to affect your kids. Angie is merely speaking as a parent who probably wants to spare her kids from the agony of the all intrusive media attention that she and Brad have to endure. I’m not a parent, but I suppose you’d want to spare your kids of that if you could. But I do believe that ultimately Brad and Angie will support any profession their children choose.

      • TSwise says:

        I have heard Ben Affleck talk about this in the last year, and he outright admits that when he and Matt went out by themselves on casting calls and auditions in NYC, that they were rudely surprised by the inappropriate behavior they were on the receiving end of. IIRC, it was implied that they were (at least) propositioned sexually.

        So I suspect it’s that they all (Angelina, Brad, Matt and Ben) were exposed to the ugly underbelly of reality – and without a lot of supervision – so they don’t want their kids working in the industry as minors or being on set without one or both parents right there watching.

    • MSMLNP says:

      I’m not sure if that is unusual. My neighbors are two happy and successful doctors, and mentioned to me just yesterday they don’t want their kids to be doctors. I have heard this for other professions too. Don’t really know why. Maybe it’s just you have differing visions for how their life will be…I’m not a fan by any stretch but I’m sure they would just want their kids to be happy -like any parent would.

      • swack says:

        I was a teacher and did not want any of my children to become teachers. I felt this way because it’s a tough profession to be in and there is very little respect given to the teachers. As far as Brad and Angelina not wanting them to be actors, then they should not get them appearances in their movies. JMO.

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Of course, I don’t really know, but my guess is they see what a truly cruel and shallow world they live in. They have been fortunate in many ways, but I think Hollywood has many drawbacks. People have such a lack of values, money is everything, you don’t know who your friends are, strangers are reading lies about you daily. I think it would be horrible in every way except the money and if you like acting. I would certainly hope my child could find an easier path.

      • mayamae says:

        Plus, they know that half of their children would have very limited work. There still is not a lot of opportunity for black females and Asian males.

        I have a good friend who tried making it in acting/stunts. He’s Filipino, and after years of playing drug addicts and gang members, he put his communications degree to work.

    • msw says:

      My guess is all the attention or the very long, grueling schedules. But those kids get a ton of attention anyway as Hollywood royalty. Maybe they just want then to forge their own path instead of following the family career, or invest their time into more socially helpful causes.

      • ncboudicca says:

        I was thinking along the same lines – Brad and Angelina are interested in social causes and Brad fancies himself and architecture aficionado…even though they’re very successful, maybe they think that the Hollywood machine is spiritually and/or intellectually empty and they would prefer that their kids do something more cerebral?

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I think it’s as simple as seeing what a difference their humanitarian work has done, versus what their film work has done. If I had a choice, I would prefer that my kids go into something that’s helping other people. Especially since they wouldn’t have to worry about money. I’m sure that Brad and Angelina have some sort of trust fund set aside for their kids to have at some point.

    • Peppa says:

      I think it might be because, no matter how talented the kids may be, nepotism will always be mentioned. The children may always be in the shadow of their parents and many people will debate whether they deserve the roles that they get.

      • j.eyre says:

        This is an interesting and plausible point. I hadn’t considered that angle.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        A few people on here have done that with Angelina. Saying that she only got the roles she got because of her father, and that if he hadn’t been famous, she would’ve never made it. Which I can say–yes, sure–being Jon Voight’s daughter at least made a few people take a second look at her–and it makes a good story (a Hollywood dynasty)….but let’s get real.

        Angelina specifically used her middle name (Jolie) as her stage name–so that she wouldn’t run into those issues. And it wasn’t like he was really, really famous when she started up—he hadn’t worked in anything high profile in years, to my understanding. Her career (Tomb Raider) helped him a lot. If it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t have known who he was (as the younger gossip generation) because I’ve only seen him in Tomb Raider, and in a few small roles in this past decade (that Nic Cage, map/treasure hunting movie).

        With the JP kids–it would be even worse.

    • dizzylucy says:

      I always wonder about that too – especially people who are at the top of their field and enjoy all the benefits that come with that, and whose kids certainly wouldn’t struggle to eek out a living and face the same rejection others would.
      I can understand looking at the bad parts of the business and not wanting that for your kids, but every career field has its ups and downs. I’m guessing the best you can do is hope your kids find something they’re passionate about, and support them in their pursuit of it, even if it is something you’d prefer they not do.

    • Megan says:

      Probably because they know how lucky they are to have made it, and lets not forget they know the industry a lot better then we do. They know what actually happens. I can see not wanting your kid dragged into all of it.

      There is also the chance they want to make it clear they aren’t pushing them into. That they are in this movie because they couldn’t find a toddler not scared. I am sure Brangelina will support whatever they chose to do but they aren’t pushing them into it.

    • Hypocrisy says:

      It’s a difficult job. Plus when your parents were great, it’s even harder to keep the legacy and being compared Under the microscope of the paparazzi in a world that is constantly turned into tech with more and more sophisticated means to track, spy celebrities….

      Some accept being less than their parents and can make a name on their own, others slipped into depression and cocaine….like Paul Newman’s son who couldn’t bear the comparison.

      Imagine Shiloh or Knox being constantly compared look Wise, talent Wise to their parents…It’s a lot of pressure.

      few parents want that for their children.

      Plus it’s not true that it’s the only place where the money is. there are a lot of other jobs, around and outside Hollywood that can make you rich : entrepreneur, top model, writer, producer, director, singer, musician, ect…

  7. paola says:

    I just can’t wait to see her back in a movie. The tourist was such a flop.. does anybody know if there’s any chance of a sequel for Salt?

    • Andrea1 says:

      The tourist grossed more money overseas than the domestic gross. On salt 2 here is a link I found.

    • V4Real says:

      There is supposed to be a sequel but like Sherlock Holmes 3, they keep running into delay issues and other problems. If you check her IMDb board it is still listed as if it’s going to happen. If it does I seriously hope they bring back Chiwetel Ejiofor as well.

    • Maya says:

      The Tourist’s budget was $100M including promotions and made $300M in total. How is that a huge flop?

      Yes Salt 2 has been confirmed for 2015 release and Angelina is getting $35M plus 10 percent of the profits for the movie which was confirmed by the producers.

    • paola says:

      Errhh sorry.. poor choice of words.. with ‘flop’ i didn’t mean it bombed at the box office but that it was very disappointing and the film turned out to be very very bad. At least for all the people I know who have seen it.. including me.

      • V4Real says:

        It did get bad reviews so I understood what you meant.

        But she looked beautiful in that movie. I also loved the scenery.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I saw it a bit ago. Two things wrong with the movie:

        I hated the story i.e. Johnny Depp acting clueless throughout the entire movie. I don’t want to see that. I want to see a Hot Johnny with that WWII era haircut, in a nice suit, and just standing around with a gun, shooting back at the bad guys and looking sexy. Not THAT—the bumbling teacher.

        Second, they had no chemistry whatsoever—which is why no one would believe that she felt something for him i.e. why she came back for him. If they had made it so that she was still in love with Pierce, didn’t love this tourist guy that she had JUST met, but went back because she was nice, or Pierce told her to–and then revealed himself to her afterwards—then THAT would’ve been good. But the chemistry thing is why it didn’t work.

        Overall–it’s not something I would seek out to watch. I think it’s a nice little movie to watch when you’re sick or something. A lot of people I know LOVED it, though. I did love the location and the costumes, and jewelry–straight up p0rn to me.

  8. V4Real says:

    They are two of the biggest most sought after stars on the planet and yet Brad actually took a moment to talk to the paps at TMZ on their way to the event above. You would expect someone like him to just keep walking and not say a word (and that’s to be expected because those paps ask the dumbest of questions) but he said something to them. Even Angie has spoken to TMZ paps before when asked if she was married.

    • Dani2 says:

      Such class acts, it always amazes me that in most cases, the people who have had the most success are the most well-mannered and gracious people, while you have wannabes and people who’ve had a few years of success acting like they’re gods or something.

    • Hiddles forever says:

      Yes true. It is also quite refreshing to see that Angelina also talks with fans and she is actually looking at them in the pictures above. Many stars sign the autographs but they don’t actually look at their fans.

    • Esmom says:

      I think they’re just highly professional and savvy. They know the paps come with the territory, so they go with the flow. Which is great, more celebs should be this way.

      I just heard a radio interview with Ben Affleck and he said something about how this is how society is today, they care a ton about what celebs do and how they act so they (the celebs) might as well make the best of it and channel their activities into positive things (he was speaking in the context of appearing in front of Congress on behalf of some cause, not sure what since I only caught the tail end of the interview).

      • Cecilia says:

        I caught a headline that read Move Over Angelina there’s a new blah, blah…anyway the article was about Ben A. following AJ’s game plan by devoting time & support to humanitarian cause in Africa. Can’t remember it all but it was recent.

      • Esmom says:

        Cecilia. Interesting. What he said in the interview made sense and he sounded rational and humble. And almost like he thought it should be a movement of sorts for celebs to use their power for good. He said something like “like it or not, people are going to watch every move a celebrity makes. So why not make your activities be something worthwhile, something that might inspire those very people to do the same.”

        I’m not a fan of his but I thought it was nice. And it’s not really directly related to AJ and Brad being nice to the paps…but I think the true professionals know it’s smarter to be friendly than douchey.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        That’s pretty much what they’ve both said. That they know that the cameras are going to follow them–that the privacy is already gone. Like all that crap that they went through when they were having Shiloh i.e. going into the middle of Namibia, paying the gov’t to keep the press out, etc. That sounds really extreme, just to go have a baby—but I’m imaging what would’ve happened if they had gone to, let’s say, Brad’s parents hometown to have her. Or if they’d stayed in LA…someone would’ve gotten hurt. All that, just for a picture. Of a pregnant woman/baby.

        So they’ve said that they like to use the paps to bring attention to causes. Which I certainly don’t fault them for. The only thing I hate is when certain celebs either complain about the paparazzi, pretending like they don’t call them the majority of the time.

      • GreenTurtle says:

        Move over Angelina? Ben Affleck has been vocal on violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo for years. He started a foundation back in 2010. Matt Damon as well has backed clean water efforts for years. They both do a lot of good work in Africa. It just doesn’t get a ton of press.

  9. yennefer says:

    They’re having a hell of a ball on that set! And Viv is the cutest name ever.

  10. MrsBPitt says:

    I’m sure that Angie and Brad would prefer their children become doctors, or lawyers fighting injustice, or scientists…of course, I think they will support their kids no matter what they want to do…Also, I’m sure, that AJ and BP are extremely worried about their daughters having the cancer gene…I know I would be…

    Angie looks magnificent as Maleficent on the cover of EW!

    • Cecilia says:

      MrsBPitt…I hear you about the worry over the c-gene. I would be very concerned as a parent as well. I always wince when people talk about AJ being pregnant again. I don’t think that’s going to happen. I don’t think the JP’s would risk it.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Shoot–I want her to adopt again.

        I’m pretty interested in adoption myself, so I’d love to see a younger generation consider it as well–as well as taking care of the kids that they have.

      • Cecilia says:

        Well VC…you’ve plenty of time to research & figure out what you want to do regarding adoption. Do you want to be married first or go it alone??

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Oh, I’ve done a lot of research. I actually just called a local caseworker (I’m not sure if I got the term right), but it actually is pretty lax/lenient to adopt where I am–I live in Michigan. What she told me was that I had to be at least 18 and have like a 10 year gap between me and the child…obviously don’t adopt a 13 year old at 18, etc.

        But basically, after I pass the homestudy, et al…..all I would need is a job, and a house/apartment with enough room for the kids….like if I adopted two children–a boy and a girl, then I would need two separate bedrooms for them. It doesn’t matter if I am on public assistance or not, as long as I have a job.

        I do want to adopt as soon as I am able to–I was thinking mid to late twenties–when I settle down wherever it is that I’m going to be, have a stable job, etc….I’m thinking I would be going at it alone. I honestly don’t care if I ever get married/have a boyfriend–that’s never really been my concern, and I’ve never dated anyone (unless you count the ‘boyfriends’ that you think you have in second grade). I’m not too worried about getting a boyfriend or husband. I like being on my own way too much.

        But I want to adopt siblings–at least three or four kids.

      • Cecilia says:

        VC… I wish you the best of luck & I will hold good thoughts for you. I’m more of the Helen Mirren type, if you know what I mean.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        No kids–love your stepkids/nieces/nephews…..???

        No shame in the game–I wish a lot more people would realize that they aren’t suited to be parents, or that they don’t want to give up the things that they need to give up–when they become parents.

        I have a lot of cousins who have had kids as soon as they were able to–who haven’t changed their lifestyles one iota, even after having three kids—and it bothers the hell out of me. Most of them can’t afford it. I had this one cousin who had two kids (and is currently pregnant with her third), is on welfare, can barely afford to pay her rent, let alone take care of her kids, and she’s drinking a 40 dollar bottle of tequila.

        I can’t remember the brand name–but my mom was telling me about it because the very first time she tasted it was at this cousin’s place–and my mom was mad because she can’t even afford to buy it, but this cousin who makes a lot less money than she does apparently can.

      • Cecilia says:

        Oh VC…my story is very complicated — I adore my nieces & nephew & I am Fairy Godmother to a few children. I mean no offense, but your cousin is an idiot & I feel sorry for the kids.

      • BackstageBitchy says:

        Part II of the prescribed treatment for the cancer gene, and something Angelina has chosen not to publicly speak about yet, is the removal of the ovaries, usually by age 40. No ovaries = no more pregnancies. That ship has sailed.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I love my cousin to death–but she is an idiot. And she’s the one who’s got it the most together out of the cousins who do have kids…which is sad.

        But I do think that I will be going on as a single parent–but maybe not. I would want to be with someone who wanted the same thing, but I’m not sure if I could find someone, at least someone my age, who wants the same thing. My mom and aunt are trying to nudge me into the direction of this guy my age–he’s in Afghanistan right now (he’s in the army)…..he is FINE. I mean, I def. don’t say that ever about guys my age..but my God. He’s tall, muscle-y (he works out), he has the most beautiful color skin ever–like dark chocolate, and he told my brother that he thought I was cute.

        But I think he thinks that I’m like one of those girls that he hangs out around with (I glance at his FB page once in a while), who are always talking about how hot and sexy he is–like HE’S not arrogant or anything from what I’ve seen of him, but he has a lot of girls that he knows that just fawn over him. And I’m not like that–when I first met him, my mom told me to pee around him, and I wouldn’t go anywhere near him after that. But yeah–if he really was interested in me, and approached me when he got back from Afghanistan, then I can just imagine the convo.

        Like I wouldn’t say that he has to marry me, adopt babies with me in a year–but I’m not someone who needs to be in a relationship. I am perfectly happy and fine all by myself. I don’t like things that people my age like normally–going out to clubs, partying, getting drunk, shopping, etc. I like staying in, cooking dinner, baking, visiting old people, reading, reading celebitchy, watching movies, etc….so if I did get into a relationship with him, that is what I would tell him, and I would tell him that I would prefer not to get into a relationship unless I know that he is serious about me, wants the same things as me (re: adoption), is willing to be a father to my theoretical children i.e. I don’t want a relationship just to have fun.

        So I can imagine that convo–if I ever have it. I imagine I’d scare him off in a hurry.

        God–that was really long–didn’t mean to dump my (non existent) love life on you :)

      • mayamae says:

        For some reason I get the idea that they are done having biological children as well. But she could always have an egg extraction prior to oophorectomy.

        @VC, I wish you luck in adoption. You remind me of a lady who’s doing amazing things in her life. When she was little she saw Oliver Twist and decided when she grew up she would adopt little boys. Well she started young and adopted mostly disabled boys and wheelchair dependent boys. Along the way, she met her husband (who’s also wheelchair dependent) and they have at least ten kids. They’ve been thoroughly investigated by child services, and always found to give exceptional care to their children.

  11. Maya says:

    Brad and Angelina struggled in the showbusiness and although they are grateful for the career success – I don’t think they want their children to go through the same hardships they did. Not everyone will/can achieve the same level of success and power they have even with nepotism.

    Brad and Angelina both said that they have several humanitarian causes around the world and that they want their children to go to that field. They also said that all of their children must have a degree (in any subject of their choice) before being allowed to pursue what they want. So that they can always fall back to a degree (good education) if things don’t work out the way they wished.

    PS: their children are the most well mannered, polite, happy Hollywood children I have seen. They never throw tantrums, cries etc whenever they are in public or when the paps and strangers are calling their names. Plus they all seem to have very different personalities as well which is cute.

    PPS: the critics are predicting Maleficent to gross more than $500M globally which is will be great to see if t happens.

  12. Santolina says:

    I never understand why some actors say that, especially those who are wildly successful and talented. Do they loathe their own profession? Is it the lack of privacy? That will be the case, anyway, given who they are. I just hope they let the kids be who they want to be. They seem like caring parents.

  13. sam says:

    I love the story of her chasing pax and playing before realizing he was upset. I have done that with my daughter. You get caught up in the moment of being silly. Love Momgelina!

  14. serena says:

    Damn, I can’t love this woman more than I already do.

    • Maggie says:

      That’s a little disturbing considering you don’t know her personally. I read Rob Lowe’s biography and he said one of the creepiest things about being a well-known actor is that your fans objectify you when all they know is what you sell. A character in the tabloids and a movie.

      • The Original G says:

        @ Maggie. You might want to take time to contemplate applying your observations to your own posts.

      • Sal says:

        Sounds like Lowe was talking about Aniston fans. They are so sickly fawning, its nauseating. I still recall reading one of them elsewhere saying they “love Jennifer Aniston sooooo much” that when they filled in a job application they were thinking about her and almost put her name down as one of their references! True, they actually said this! They REALLY *buy* her tabloid persona and really think she could NEVER do anything wrong (one even said as much to me). Anistonloons are so unhinged in their slavish devotion and love for someone they don’t even know, they are truly veritably off the deep end. So brainwashed, its scary.

      • Esmom says:

        Sal, Lowe was talking about celeb worship in general and his own unsettling experiences with it — it was his bio, which has nothing to do with Aniston.

        “So brainwashed, its scary.” Pot meet kettle. :)

    • Dani2 says:

      @Maggie if you think that the word “love” in different contexts implies the same type/level of affection then I don’t know if you’re old enough to be on this site. Do you love your favourite food the way you love your partner? Do you love your favourite musician/actress the way you love your best friend? What @serena said wasn’t that deep. Relax.

  15. Suzy from Ontario says:

    I always loved Maleficent as well. She was so exotic and gorgeous imo, although she scared the crap out of me too! LOL! Angelina looks amazing on the cover. I don’t think there are many actresses that could carry that character.

    Nice to hear about the kids and their home life a little bit. It’ll be so interesting to see what the kids are like as adults.

  16. lower-case deb says:

    i think it’s good that AJ uses the word “prefer not to”, rather than a flat out No Hell No.

    this is like what my parents told me when i was younger, a millennia ago.
    they’re amazing teachers, and amazing parents but when i told them i want to be a teacher too when i grow up they told me “that’s nice, but i prefer you don’t”

    see, they’re civil servant (govt employed) teachers in a small village in my country. sometimes they didn’t get paid for months and they had to supplement their income by doing the most backbreaking works ever. when i was high school age, we moved to a larger city where there’s a “better” teaching position for them “at least we got paid regularly now.”

    teaching, for them is extremely rewarding soulfully, it’s amazing to see the children you taught grow up to be upstanding members of the public, it’s humbling to have your love returned many times over. but it’s a hard life.

    my mother told me that they’d support me whatever i wanted to do, and if teaching was it then so be it, but they hoped that i would get into something better paying and more rewarding (in their minds: doctor or lawyer).

    i’m now neither a doctor (i faint at the sight of blood) or a laywer (useless with words). i work in a the research field that pays for the family, but have crazy hours and cutthroat competition for academic grants, and sub-teaches to honor my parents and the memory of their joy of inspiring lifelong learning in people.

    do i want my children to follow my footsteps? i hope i’ve inspired them the way i was inspired by my parents’ passion, but if i can spare them the lonely nights, the sheer frustration, the backstabbing narrowminded edu-bureaucrats, i would. i want them a peaceful life, a happy one, a better one. ultimately, i have come to think the same way as my parents: i will support them in what their dreams as much as i can.

    • Vivian says:

      Im glad your parents are so supportive. Mine? Well they forced me to get a university degree in business. In the last year I finally told my parents I could not any longer, and they hesitantly supported me switching to a new program. Now Im 24, starting a new degree all over again. Being a human rights lawyer is what I want to do; my parents dont support me, Ive been guilted by them for my decision and every day my dad asks me what I want do with my life (like becoming a lawyer isn’t feasible). I wish my parents realized the emotional harm they’ve caused me

      • Hiddles forever says:

        Many hugs your way Vivian and I wish you good luck too :)
        I am graduating in the humanities field, even worse….

      • Esmom says:

        So sorry, Vivian, and good for you for making the switch. I went through the exact thing, with my parents pushing me constantly to do something “practical” with my degree and career. Parental guilt trips can be powerful and crippling — I still harbor a ton of resentment toward them almost 25 years later and work every day to try and get over it. I have vowed from Day 1 of having my sons that I would never do the same.

        While I am not miserable and I don’t hate my career (I’m a writer), I really wish now that I had chosen a field that does more to help humanity. I have serious regrets and I’m over two decades older than you so it is not going to be easy to make a switch. You are so young and you will do great. Kudos to you for finding your passion and interest and going after it!

      • lower-case deb says:

        stay strong Vivian!
        i pray for your success and also that your future accomplishments (of which i’m sure there will be many), will help your parents see how wise their daughter have grown up to be, and become someone they can really be proud of.

        now that you have to face some strong-willed opposition from parents, i’m sure your opponents in and out of the courtrooms will be cakewalk!

      • TC says:

        Vivian — it’s unfortunate your parents don’t support your chosen profession (which in my opinion is quite admirable indeed), but I applaud you wholeheartedly for listening to your internal voice and choosing that which makes you happy. It’s your life after all. YOU have to live it. Not your parents. Maybe one day they’re come around and understand it’s your life to live. But if they don’t, know that you’re better off in a profession that you yourself have chosen. Prevail!

      • Vivian says:

        Many thanks, I deeply appreciate all of your comments! Passion is where the heart is!

  17. Paige says:

    Love her. She has a beautiful family :) Shiloh seems very compassionate.

  18. BeckyR says:

    What a beautiful family! With their resources, the parents can provide the finest schools and educational opportunities in the world. All the best to them!

  19. Lila says:

    It always amuses me to see all the promotion for a movie that I’ve been set to see since I heard the first news on it. It’s fun until the anticipation makes me batty. I was worried that they would Disney-fy Maleficent but the more Angelina talks about her, the less I think so. Plenty of her characters have still been decidedly grey when the movie ended and she was all for it. I actually think she would object if they took all of Maleficent’s bite away.

    I think it’s great that they let their kids explore movie sets. I’m sure they have a ball. It also probably helps, considering their views on their children’s future professions, they it lets the kids see it as a fun extra rather than a career. They aren’t child stars; they are kids having fun at their parents’ work.

    I always love her stories about her kids. They are such normal little anecdotes, like what one of the moms would tell the other parents while they watched dance class.

    Shiloh sounds like a handful. I remember when she was smaller, Angelina would always hold the kids’ hands but with Shiloh, she would hold onto her wrist. That’s a foolproof sign of a runner. If they nurture that fighter streak she could be a heck of an advocate for a cause one day.

  20. Juliette says:

    Angelina and Brad would “prefer” their children did not become actors, they are only expressing a common sentiment that many parents express. Its so common because its hard for any parent to imagine their small child having to experience the hardships the parent experienced on their path. However, its a naive sentiment because no matter the career choice, there will be rejection, their will be failures, there will be moments of pain.

    Parents say these things to protect their children because the hardest thing, as a parent, is letting your child go off and get hurt by the world. You’ve just got to trust that you’ve given them the tools of resilience and strength to pick themselves back up when life tosses them down. Life will toss them down, it tosses everyone around. There is no such thing as a perfect life without pain.

    That said, I think children are inevitably inspired by their parents. When you have good parents and come from a happy home, you cannot help but look to your parents as role models. I do think, implicitly in their actions, Brad and Angelina also understand this. Brad has said as much when he chooses a role now, he takes the role with his children in mind, he wants his children to be proud of him. For her part, Angelina has moved into directing, she’s breaking barriers in a field dominated by men. They are both aiming higher.

    It is too soon to tell what the Jolie-Pitt children will do with their lives, but I do think its rather inevitable that at least one or two will be employed in the entertainment industry. It may be as a director, or a set-photographer, or a cinematographer, or a producer, or even as an ACTOR!

  21. Megan says:

    That was a great read and I can’t freaking wait for this movie. Totally agree with Angelina this character is the scariest yet best Disney ever!!

    I loved the story about her kids, that is cute they couldn’t find a toddler that would go near her. I also love that Brangelina aren’t pulling a Smith family and pushing them into entertainment. I am sure if they want to be actors they’ll be supported but I am glad its not being pushed.

  22. lenje says:

    “I like that she talks about the kids so much and that she’s giving us hints about their personalities. ”
    What? Didn’t she know that her fans know and discuss at length the personality of each and every one of her children?

  23. Decloo says:

    “That’s not our goal for Brad [Pitt] and I at all.” Good God, Angie, speak English!

    • Anna Scott says:

      YES!!! Thank you for saying this!!! Speak English, FGS!! You would think that someone with political aspirations would be proficient in her native language, but low and behold… I guess NOT!!

      • gennline says:

        Wow! Who knew that only people that do not make grammatical errors can have political aspirations.
        Still there’s Angie and her grammatical errors about to co chair a conference on rape as a weapon of war, with practically even Foreign Secretary in the world.
        Angie how could you!

      • Kim1 says:

        Not that it matters but she has stated she has no political aspirations .

      • Eva says:

        JHC, it was an interview about her new film coming out not about her humanitarian work, it’s a slightly more relaxed setting, so what if she doesn’t use the correct english every single freaking time.

      • TC says:

        After all the bureaucracy and red tape this woman has seen as a UN Special Envoy and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, there’s no way Angie will get into politics. Angie has said as much to Christiane Amanpour in an interview. Angie’s a doer, not a talker — and most politicians are the latter. When she spoke at the G8 Summit last year, she practically bitch-slapped the world leaders for not having done enough — not having the “political will” — to make war zone rap illegal. One of the leaders even bristled behind her when she said it. Angie doesn’t mess around. I’m fairly certain Angie’s not going into politics. She’d rather get stuff accomplished instead.

    • zut alors! says:

      @ Decloo

      One of the Brangelina sites scanned the entire EW interview. The part in question goes like this.

      EW: Your daughter Vivienne plays the toddler version of Aurora. How did that come about?

      Angelina: We think its fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not be actors. THAT’S NOT THE GOAL FOR BRAD AND ME AT ALL. I think we would both prefer if they didn’t become actors.

      So, it seems like the grammar mistakes attributed to Angelina belong to whoever tried to paraphrase her at ENews, USWeekly or People – sources credited by Celebitchy above.

      • lower-case deb says:

        @zut alors, i think whoever it was, wasn’t trying to paraphrase but perhaps being a smart aleck by thinking that an I should follow “and” all the time.

        i know some people who insisted that way, including one of my expat bosses who would always say to me “well, i know better than you because English is my mother language, and it’s invented in my country.”

      • zut alors! says:

        @ lower-case deb

        Well, it’s good to know that Angelina’s political aspirations (nonexistent by her own admission), won’t be derailed by poor grammar. Her being a native speaker and all FGS!!

      • lower-case deb says:

        i agree!
        i think she has always been an articulate speaker anyway.
        even her old interviews when she’s younger she seems to be able to pick and choose the right words most of the time.
        plus, i don’t think she aligns herself to any party, better be as she is now, that way she can help more people, imho of course.

      • Decloo says:

        Zut: Thank you. She has always seemed well-spoken so I was puzzled by that egregious error. I’m quite relieved.

  24. phlyfiremama says:

    I could just stare at her face all. day. long. Great cover, great interview, I love the snippets on the kids and can TOTALLY believe that Viv was the only child her age NOT scared of The Jolie in full costume. My son was terrified of people with masks/costumes for several years when he was about that age. I can totally relate to the story about Pax being scared when he saw his Mom in costume~my son did the same thing when I wore a mask once, and he KNEW that it was me. Those children will never want for anything~love, material possessions, a world-class education, world travel, multi-lingual, multi cultural~they ahve it all, and you know what? Good for them!

  25. Naddie says:

    Nice to read that, I guess she’s a very good mother. And Shiloh arguing for a good cause is lovely, but that doesn’t make her a “wild one” a “fighter”, or whatever. She might be it, but people assume too much.

  26. Marianne says:

    I find it so weird that she doesn’t want her to kids to be actors and yet, she had Viv be “Young Aurora” in Maleficent? It doesn’t really add up to me. Even if its a small role, Viv (and the other kids) could love the experience and want more of it.

  27. waq says:

    I’m just happy that James Haven can call up his sister and be like “Angie, do this now!”. You don’t see them together often so its nice that the brother sister bond is still there. I don’t care about the kissing and all that, James has always had the best interest in his heart for her and he’s her brother! She’s had so many family members pass away from illness, it’s good she’s got him.