In an interview with the June issue of Elle magazine, the 38-year-old actress addresses some personal issues such as children and her relationship with fiancé Brad Pitt.
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“I never thought I’d have children, I never thought I’d be in love, I never thought I’d meet the right person,” she tells the magazine. “Having come from a broken home you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale, and you don’t look for them.”
“You get together and you’re two individuals and you feel inspired by each other, you challenge each other, you complement each other, drive each other beautifully crazy,” she says. “After all these years, we have history – and when you have history with somebody, you’re friends in such a very real, deep way that there’s such a comfort, and an ease, and a deep love that comes from having been through quite a lot together.”
The mother-of-six opened up about her wild past and her twenties which were “misinterpreted as [me] wanting to be rebellious.”
“In fact it wasn’t a need to be destructive or rebellious—it’s that need to find a full voice, to push open the walls around you,” she continued. “You want to be free. And as you start to feel that you are being corralled into a certain life, you kind of push against it. It may come out very strange, it may be interpreted wrong, but you’re trying to find out who you are.”
Jolie, who stars as the villain in “Maleficent,” also talked about her daughter Vivienne playing the part of young Aurora in the Disney movie.
“For young Aurora, they needed a child who wouldn’t be fazed by the Mistress of All Evil hissing ‘I don’t like children’ in her face. And my little Vivienne — we call her my shadow, because there’s nothing I can do to shake her. I can be tired, I can be grumpy, I can be in a terrible mood, and she doesn’t care. It’s ‘Mommy, Mommy,’ and she’ll cling to me,” she said.
“We knew that she would still do that thing, she’d still smile at me and insist that I pick her up. So we couldn’t really cast anybody else.”
However, the actress revealed she and Pitt aren’t necessarily keen on seeing their children take up careers in the entertainment industry.
“Brad and I made the decision that we wouldn’t keep them from sets and the fun of making movies, but we wouldn’t (glorify it either) we wouldn’t make it a good thing or a bad thing,” she explained.
“But I would really prefer they do something else … after two days of it, Brad and I were so stressed we never wanted to do it again.”