Angelina Jolie on Brad: “Not one of us is softer than the other”


Angelina is predictably the cover girl for this week’s People Magazine – she gave the mag an interview about her family life, all to promote the opening of Salt. Incidentally, Us Weekly is running a Jolie cover story this week too, but they’re doing an old-school “How Angelina Stole Brad From Jen” story, because Us Weekly thinks it’s 2005, apparently. Anyway, People’s online excerpts are pretty basic, so I’m including some more excerpts from Angelina’s Parade interview, courtesy of Celebrity Baby Scoop:


Yes, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt can work a red carpet like no other star couple. But at home with six kids all under the age of 9, the pair are content just to be Mom and Dad.

“Brad’s an extraordinary father,” Jolie, 35, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “We have each other’s backs.”

The teamwork of the actress and Pitt, 46, comes in handy when it comes to settling differences between kids Maddox, 8, Pax, 6, Zahara, 5, Shiloh, 4, and 2-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, says Jolie.

“They can’t go behind one [parent] to the other,” she says. “Not one of us is softer than the other.”

The actress, whose new political thriller Salt opens Friday, also talks about tackling her own stunts in the film. “I happen to like heights, so we found moments where I can use that,” she says.

One thing that does scare her: the idea of her kids becoming teenagers: “I break out into a sweat at just the thought.”

Whether enjoying their luxurious Los Angeles home or traveling to third world countries with their parents, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt‘s children — Maddox, 8½, Pax, 6½, Zahara, 5½, Shiloh, 4, and fraternal twins Knox and Vivienne, 2 — have learned to love it all.

“They like this house [in Los Angeles] because it has this pool. But they also love Cambodia because it’s got the fun places to throw rocks and cut coconuts and ride on elephants,” Jolie, 35, tells PARADE.

“They love Africa because the kids are really fun to play with and the nature is beautiful.”

Noting that she and Pitt “try not to spoil our children,” Jolie insists the family’s jet-setting ways have taught their brood to treasure what they do have — and sympathize with those who don’t.

“They spend time in Cambodia in a teeny hut and hang out with local children. They help me visit distressed areas. They have friends with no money. They also appreciate nice things,” the Salt actress reveals.

“We’re hoping that, organically, it will be in them to feel for people who do not have as much. They’ll be inspired to give and help people out because they’ll have close friends who don’t have as much. They won’t whine about things they want. And they won’t want more.”

And although strong friendships have been formed as a result of their travels, the proud mama raves the sibling bond — and general unity as a family — is what keeps them close.

“We’re a very close, very connected, very big family. The children talk to each other, and they look out for each other, and they have each other,” she says. “Yes, they have friends, but they also are very, very closely connected to each other.”

[From People & Celebrity Baby Scoop]

Yeah, that’s basically it. I know some people are already sick of Angelina’s press tour for Salt (the same people who are sick of her, always), but I’m genuinely surprised by how low-key her press has been. I expected at least one other monthly magazine cover and some major television interviews beyond Nightline. Maybe she’s trying not to over-saturate. Maybe when the international September issues come out, we’ll see that she’s other interviews. We’ll see.

Also, here are some nice photos of Brad filming Moneyball yesterday:



People Magazine cover courtesy of CoverAwards. Brad on July 20, on the set of Moneyball, and with Angelina on July 19, 2010. Credit: FAME.

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  1. meme says:

    Can she just STFU already? I want pictures of the Jolie-Pitts hanging out in a teeny hut in Cambodia and the twins helping her visit distressed areas.

  2. bite me says:

    internationally shes done quite a few magazine interviews, especially for the Asian markets…anyway can’t wait to see salt on Friday night

    EDIT: notice how we have not seen pictures of the kids in a while, hmmm

  3. cee says:

    Intelligent people should boycott rags like Us weekly and In Touch for insulting readers intelligence. What is wrong with these people. Do they think it helps Aniston to keep this charade going? If so they are wrong it just continues to make her look pitiful. It only gives Angie fans more reason to hate on Aniston because these hens keep ragging on Angie and her family. When is enough enough!!!!

  4. Kimberly says:

    Blah , blah , blah is all I hear . It doesn’t pay my bills to hear what she has to say .

  5. Ogechi says:

    Another disconcerting interview again today by Angelina-Brad Pitts girlfriend. *sighing heavily* when will this woman stop talking?

  6. alex says:

    but yet here you are Kimberly posting on a thread about her lol. Some of angie’s haters are so amusing with their stupidity.

    Meme hates her but she is the first one to posted on this thread obsessed much with Jolie huh

    She needs to shut up blah blah blah but the haters can’t stay away. What would the haters do without Jolie? Probably will have to find a life
    of their own

  7. nnn says:


    She doesn’t need to STFU to please a perfect stranger over the Internet who can’t help to engage hesrelf in masochistic obsessive behaviour over a celebrity doing HER JOB.

    She is working doing her professional promoting duties like any commercial will do for his/her products..

    If you don’t like what she says, that’s your prerogative, but i will suggest you to not jump on the news being the first to post nor to read it since it clearly upsets you. It’s as simple as that.

  8. Missfit says:

    Brad is looking handsome and she’s looking beautiful as always. ;) Well Brad is good for her, I’m glad she moved on from “Billie Bob” to this guy. From bad boy to a good man and she still has that spark sexiness thing going on, yet she is a better person from before. There’s nothing wrong with that. She knows how to keep a good head on her shoulders and knows how to keep her shit together.

  9. lucy2 says:

    “because Us Weekly thinks it’s 2005″ LOL. They, and other tabs, need to move on already, but so does whoever is buying those rags and keeping the stories going.

    I find the People blurb about how she “opens up” on family life funny, as if she doesn’t talk about it in every interview. They’re trying to make it sound like some great exclusive.

  10. Birdie says:

    Unsolicited womb speculation: Angelina seems like she is glowing. I wonder if she is pregnant again.

  11. Kimberly says:

    Alex , who said I was a hater ? It’s just something I’ve heard before that she has said . Nothing new .

    Maybe if you stuck your face out of her ass long enough you’d realize I’m just stating a damn O-P-I-N-I-O-N .

    Wow , I post one thing about her so that means I have no life ? You must not have one yourself to be defending Angelina from every little little ” bad” thing said about her around here . Damn , brown noser .

  12. mln says:


    she really hasn’t done alot of interviews. The problem is the tabs since they constantly make up stories about her we are oversaturated . As soon as the movie is out she will go back into hiding and all you will have to hear are the lies don’t worry.

    BTW if you saw pictures you would call them photo ops admit it she can’t do anything right in your eyes.

  13. Brittney says:

    …ugh. It baffles my mind when people click on links to articles about Angelina and feign indignance that they were forced to read about her.

  14. truthSF says:

    I think People magazine used the Angelina story just to get a picture of beardless Brad on their cover. You guys ain’t slick, lol.

  15. hanh says:

    Well, some people just enjoy bashing others. Its their thing. I admit there are a few people (cough LiLo) who I can’t stand and yet I still can’t help myself reading their latest disasters. Of course, LiLo is a trainwreck and Angie is not.

    I like Angelina because she actually does alot of charity work and both her and Pitt give enormous amounts of money (more than any other celeb) to people in need. She knows how to use her star power to get attention to places that no other stars bother to go to.

    I like her butt kicking roles too and that she wants to be Bond and not a Bond Girl. Its a refreshing and she’s lucky she has the pull to get the roles she prefers.

    I love that she does spend alot of time with her family, both of them. That they take turns doing their jobs, and that they support each other. I don’t know the real state of their union, but actions always speak louder than words and they have been nothing but supportive of each other.

  16. Kim says:

    I usually rely on this site and jezebel to get a summary of celeb magazine/tabloid stories because I’m cheap but I’ll buy this one.As far magazine interviews I’ve only seen Vanity Fair,Parade magazine and this one and 1 tv interview w/ Nightline

  17. Debbi says:

    Mmm, Brad Pitt is looking good again. So glad the chin scruff is gone so my fantasy life can resume!

  18. Cheyenne says:

    @Ogechi: LOL @ you. “When will this woman stop talking”? When will you stop reading?

  19. Alex says:

    oh Kimberly you hurt my feelings….NOT lol.

  20. Alex says:

    Cheyenne: Good one lol and you know that she and the other haters won’t stop reading. They are way too obsessed with AJ

  21. P.J. says:

    I’m convinced Brad has had fillers injected into his face. It’s much fuller, he has no wrinkles — it has really rejuvenated his looks. He looks so much younger, he should do ads for Restylane and those other fillers!

  22. bee says:

    Is she selling a movie or her kids?

  23. Pooky says:

    @nnn” over a celebrity doing HER JOB.”

    Ermmm… I thought it was HER JOB to promote the film, not her personal life. Has she even talked about Salt? All the blogs/papers I’ve seen have been about trying to sell the “perfect family” image. I enjoyed Wanted, but then she was only in it for about 10 minutes. I love James McAvoy…

  24. lucy2 says:

    “both her and Pitt give enormous amounts of money (more than any other celeb)”

    They do donate a lot of money, but actually Oprah usually claims the top spot – in 2008 alone she donated over $50 million to charity. Plus with anonymous donations or people the media ignores, who knows who is donating what unless the charity releases a statement or someone’s tax return is made public.

  25. She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named says:

    OMG!!! She totally sucked the hotness out of him!!!! They don’t look in love at all, they’re just good actors!!!!

    lol, Not.

    He seems to hate being “pretty,” hence the beard bouts. I think he’s one of the few people who would laugh at doing something as vain and shallow as plastic surgery or injections. But if it makes you feel better…

  26. mslewis says:

    Angelina was on Good Morning America last week and will be on the same show on Tbursday. Other than that and Nightline, she hasn’t done a lot of TV for this movie. I suppose the strategy is to “leave them wanting more”!!!

    I’m going to the first showing of “Salt” on Friday and I can’t wait!!

    I only buy People when there is someone on the cover that I want to read about. I bought the Sandra and baby Louie cover and I’ll buy this one. People is nowhere near as awful as the ragmags but I don’t like spending that much money to read gossip that I can read for free on the Internet.

  27. Cheyenne says:

    @Alex: They crack me up. Whine, whine, whine, when will she stop talking, why doesn’t she shut up, etc. etc. etc. If you don’t want to read about her, don’t click on the thread. It ain’t rocket science.

  28. lrm says:

    I don’t think people are ‘always tired of her’ if they are tired of this press tour.

    Secondly, I find her using her children as PR and sharing personal anectodes, to be highly inappropriate and a violation of the kids’ privacy. Many other actors, who are hugely successful, do not do this-in fact,sometimes we don’t even know they have children. ie, tom hanks, meryl streep, mel gibson before he was a known insane freak, Johnny Depp,oh, i could go on and on. And we certainly don’t know all of the kids’ names.

    Yes, paps are more prevelant nowadays…but still, there’s having your kids photographed while out and about, and then there’s using them and planning PR outings to be seen with them.

    It’s gross. And probably unecessary, when you are AJ and BP-people already want to see them, just for being the hot movie star couple they are. It’s fine for AJ to use her charity projects to support her image-as she cares about them, and they are not personal, as in the personal lives of children who will one day read these stories. uugh.

    I do think AJ’s blatant pimping of her children and her image as mother, have contributed to people’s speculation about her children-ie, shiloh only wears boy clothes, oh no! and why didnt anyone mention pax? and are the twins sick?

    Honestly, this is not normal conversation-and it’s damaging to those kids. She should have declined to comment, like vanessa paradis-who simply said ‘they are not in the public domain’. Nuff said.

  29. autotron says:

    Amazing how people bitch about every celebrity on this site on EVERY SINGLE THREAD (such as, EVERY OTHER THREAD MINUS ONES ON AJ OR TB), and then when people do it on an AJ thread its “THEN WHY DID YOU EVEN CLICK ON THE LINK??? H8TER!!! YOU ARE A SICK PERSON.” Seriously? Try clicking on any other thread and you’ll notice everyone hates everyone. People are way too deep into the Brangeloon juice here.

  30. lrm says:

    what cracks me up is the rush to defend posts about AJ/BP. ‘whine whine whine, don’t click on the thread’. Really?

    Every other thread on celeb*tchy is game for biting commentary, but the AJ threads are vestibles of sanctity, I guess…and we are not supposed to make any comment that doesn’t involve fawning?

    how odd.
    And I am neither a fan nor a foe of this couple-but I do have an opinion. Ya’ll are obsessed and it’s bizarre. And her talking about her children and publicizing them is ‘uncool’ to quite JA. lol. Another actress for whom I have neither love nor hate. They are just people, and complete strangers to me, I might add.

    So relax about telling others ‘not to click and read the story’,b/c you sound crazy-as though someone is not ‘allowed’ to have a differing opinion and therefore should not bother accessing the info.

    Oh, and sometimes people click b/c they think maybe, just maybe, this article or interview will be differnt. But no, it’s the same freakin’ stuff, spun in a different manner. How great AJ is, how great her life is, how sanctimoniously she can [surreptitiously] tell other people how to live their lives.

    You know, as i said, i’m not fan or foe-but i used to defend her choices and respect her work in the world.

    I am this close to hating her b/c of her holier than though comments that are passive agressively strewn with moral haughtiness.

    I want her to STFU, too. So, no, I was not always tired of her. I just got there, today.

  31. Kimberly says:

    Yeah , likewise .

  32. She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named says:

    Irm, I really don’t think it has anything to do with not respecting other people’s opinions, it’s the absurdity of someone clicking on a story, reading it, then actually taking the TIME and energy to wish that the person would just stop talking. What? Have an opinion, fine, but to go through all of that and then just say you ‘don’t care’ is just hilarious and obviously a total lie.

    About the fandom, I hear you definitely, the funny thing is, I don’t consider myself a fan either and I certainly don’t hate Aniston, but her fans who throw this vicious, UNFOUNDED, cruel shit out about AJ and her children make me want to like her and defend her. They don’t seem to have any solid, provabe reasons behind the criticisms, it’s alway “it’s my opinion, so suck it!!” They do way more harm than good for Aniston. I feel like I’m becoming a fan by default.

    Also, I guess in all things, I’d rather be a lover than a hater.

  33. Majosha says:

    Ironically, the unhinged fans are partially to blame for people disliking the JPs. Just this thread, alone, proves that. Someone dares utter a negative word, and some nut jumps down their throat and starts insulting them personally (you have no life, you’re just jealous, you’re fat, you love Aniston, blah, blah, blah). I mean, how old are you people? And why are you so invested in the lives of strangers? You think Angie might just read this thread and become your BFF as a result of your rabid loyalty? Actually, some of you probably DO think that … ugh.

  34. Jeri says:

    I used to be a fan of all of them. Angelina turned me off with her earth mother masquerade. Brad tuned me off because he seems like such a wimp and lastly, Jennifer just keeps repeating the same ole same ole when her actions say just the opposite. Lately she hasn’t repeated how much she wants & will have a baby, that’s a relief after repeating it all these years.

    The three of them make a good match and have suceeded in destroying themselves in my eyes.

  35. anon says:

    I don’t think she pimps out the children because I like seeing them :-) and it seems I see a lot of celebrity children;
    celebs always had children you just didn’t know it or see them :-) People today seem to want to know and see these celebrities children. Some oblige, some are more private. So its the same ol story some of us like it, some of us don’t.
    Meanwhile please post any pictures of A+B children I am always glad to see them :-)

  36. The Hamm is My Dream Man says:

    People are welcome to express their opinions on the stories on this site in the comments.

    People vote with the types of comments they leave. If most of their readers are bored with the constant rehashing of the same story, maybe they’ll stop putting up so many “Angie scratched her a**” updates.

    EDIT: And the woman basically says the same thing in every interview. It gets tiresome. Just because some people hang on her every word does not mean the entire world does. For most people, a celebrity gossip site is the only place where they can express their eyeroll opinions about celebrities. Who really talks about celebrities with the people they know?

  37. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “Ironically, the unhinged fans are partially to blame for people disliking the JPs.”


    I like to see their kids, because they’re so darn cute…Jolie and Pitt seem like good parents, like they do care about other members of society than just themselves and their celeb friends, and they do good humanitarian work. for that I respect them.


    …some of the fans are so rabidly crazy to defend them against any negativity…and I think that’s what leads to people’s dislike (or whatever you call it) of them.

  38. Kim says:

    If you are asked the same question in every interview than you are going to say the same thing. You do realize that these magazines are posting excerpts from Vanity Fair and Parade magazines.There have been plenty interviews about the film about the stunts, the gender change, her working with her costars and stunt coordinator but the gossip sites tend to ignore those. They only print stuff about Brad and the kids

  39. Camille says:

    Such a stunning looking couple. I have to admit that I enjoy looking at pics of the 2 of them together on the red carpet :lol: .

    Nice interview, but it sounds pretty much the same as her other interviews this time around? They seem to live an amazing life though, wouldn’t mind living their life for a day.

    Praise St. Angie!: There is also the flip side to that argument; the extreme haters have made some people (including myself) like this couple, go figure :lol: .
    Oh, but I’m no loonie, there is no point in defending these people to the extreme haters, what is the point in that really? *shrugs* I just laugh at their interesting logic/arguments :lol:

  40. Rosanna says:

    it’s so refreshing to see a parent who doesn’t subscribe to the stupid “my child deserves everything” mantra!

  41. Praise St. Angie! says:

    “Praise St. Angie!: There is also the flip side to that argument; the extreme haters have made some people (including myself) like this couple, go figure”

    absolutely true as well.

    you’re not the first person I’ve heard say that.

  42. texasmom says:

    How tired am I? I misread that excerpt to say, “. . .feral twins Knox and Vivienne.”

  43. Ellie says:

    i’m not one to fawn over children, but i’m dying to know what these kids will be like when they become young adults

  44. anon says:

    thanks for posting that N.D. glad they won