Angelina Jolie is opening up the door into her life post-Brad Pitt — slightly. Vanity Fair interview with Jolie was published on Wednesday, and there are many quotes from the actor that are worth reading, not just because she comments on her split from Pitt, but because they show exactly the type of admirable mother she is. There's no doubt that the 42-year-old loves her six kids, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Vivienne and Knox, immensely. But, if you need further proof, then you definitely should take a look at the following quotes from her in-depth interview.
As the September cover star for the magazine, a light is shined on Jolie's life as a newly single mother. The sit-down chat was conducted at her new Los Angeles mansion, and readers are given a glimpse inside what sounds like a gorgeous home and her role as mom in her everyday life. Surprise: She sounds like an amazing parent, who would go to the ends of the Earth for her kids.
Based on the opening of the article, it's clear that the Oscar winner is a champion at motherhood. If you only know her for her acting and directing talents, then it's time for you to acquaint yourself with Jolie, the loving and protective mother.
1. In Some Ways, She's A Typical Mom
This is what Jolie said about 9-year-old Vivienne's blanket situation:
"She has 32 blankets. She is very into her blanket, and she gets very mad if you wash her blanket. She actually said to me the other day, 'Mom, I can taste my blanket.' 'That, honey, is a sign that it really, really needs to be washed.'"
She is no different than most other moms needing to wash something that their child most definitely doesn't want cleaned.
2. She Asks The Usual Mom Questions
During the interview, Knox asked his mom when she was going to put up the waterslide outside. To that, Jolie responded, "How about a 'Hello, Mom'?" Just like any other mom, she puts her kids in their place every now and again.
3. She Wants Them To Embrace Who They Are
While filming First They Killed My Father in Cambodia, where Maddox was born, Jolie felt it was important for the 15-year-old to be a part of the experience by not only taking part in the production, but to learn about the country and its history. "It was a way for him to walk in the steps that most likely his birth parents walked," she said.
4. Their Healing Is What's Important
In regards to the ups and downs they've faced recently with their family, Jolie's focus is ensuring her kids are healing. "It’s just been the hardest time, and we’re just kind of coming up for air," she admitted. "[This house] is a big jump forward for us, and we’re all trying to do our best to heal our family."
5. She's Knows She's Able To Give Them An Amazing Life
After being asked about rumors that Pitt wasn't happy with their lifestyle and that he wanted a more normal life, she answered, "[Our lifestyle] was not in any way a negative. That was not the problem. That is and will remain one of the wonderful opportunities we are able to give our children ... They’re six very strong-minded, thoughtful, worldly individuals. I’m very proud of them."
6. She Praises Them
Jolie said about how the kids have handled their parents' split, "They’ve been very brave. They were very brave."
7. She's A Protector
As for how the six children are doing with their parents splitting, the By the Sea star said, "We’re all just healing from the events that led to the filing ... They’re not healing from divorce. They’re healing from some ... from life, from things in life." It's somewhat of a cryptic answer, which seems to be her way of protecting her kids from talking too much about something that has to be emotional for all of them. The interview also pointed out that Jolie said she didn't want to discuss the divorce because of her kids.
8. She Doesn't Talk Badly About Brad
She chose her words very carefully when talking about the breakup. After she was asked about tabloid reports stating her communication with Pitt has improved, Jolie said, "We care for each other and care about our family, and we are both working towards the same goal."
9. It's Not About Her
As a mom, her goal is to make sure her kids aren't concerned for their mother. It's not about her; it's all about them. "I was very worried about my mother, growing up — a lot," she said. "I do not want my children to be worried about me. I think it’s very important to cry in the shower and not in front of them. They need to know that everything’s going to be all right even when you’re not sure it is."
10. Her Family Makes Her Feel Complete
By focusing on her family, getting them through a rough time, and doing what's best for herself, Jolie said that's what makes her complete as a woman. She explained, "I actually feel more of a woman because I feel like I’m being smart about my choices, and I’m putting my family first, and I’m in charge of my life and my health. I think that’s what makes a woman complete."
11. Mom Is Her Most Important Job
She isn't just an entertainer, but also a woman who wants to be the best mom. "I’m just wanting to make the proper breakfast and keep the house," she said. "That’s my passion. At the request of my kids, I’m taking cooking classes. As I go to sleep at night, I think, 'Did I do a great job as a mom or was that an average day'?"
12. Her Kids Are Respectful
Even though her kids are getting older, Jolie made it sound like they still respect her and follow in her footsteps. "I’m conscious that the boys are teenage boys, and maybe they’d rather be watching TV with their friends, and they’ve been to Africa, and they may not be as excited as the little ones." She added, "But they don’t really challenge me. They just kind of sit on the edge of my bed and say, 'What are we going to do there?'" Jolie also said that "they know that it’s important, and they know that Mom thinks that it’s going to be important when they’re older."
13. She's Dedicated To Motherhood
She doesn't take being a mom lightly and said, "I’ve been trying for nine months to be really good at just being a homemaker and picking up dog poop and cleaning dishes and reading bedtime stories." That said, Jolie is ready to step out of the homemaker box and take an understandable break, as she admitted, "And I’m getting better at all three. But now I need to get my boots on and go hang, take a trip."
14. She's All About Acceptance
After joking with Knox about "pretending to be normal," he said to his mom, "Who wants to be normal? We’re not normal. Let’s never be normal." Jolie couldn't have been more proud of his response, as she said, "Thank you — yes! We’re not normal. Let’s embrace being not normal!" Based on that quote, it's clear that she will love her kids no matter what.
While there are a number of things to admire about Jolie, the way she handles motherhood is truly one of them.