The November issue of Vogue brings a treat to fans and admirers of Angelina Jolie as well as Brad Pitt. For their cover story on the multi-faceted mother/actress/philanthropist, the magazine enlisted photographer extraordinaire Annie Leibovitz to shoot a series of pictures of her, husband Brad Pitt and their six children.
After getting married last year at her house in France, they moved to the Maltese island of Gozo to shoot a new film – one for which she wrote the script. She and Pitt will co-star as a married couple.
She started working on “By the Sea” after her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of cancer eight years ago but kept putting it aside in favor of other projects. It’s a story that she says explores bereavement and how different people respond to it.
At the time of the interview, Jolie had just returned from film work in Cambodia and Myanmar. She took her eleven-year-old Vietnamese-born son Pax with her. He had read about Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese oppostion leader and Nobel laureate, and wanted to meet her.
The children, with their various ethnicities, are home-schooled by teachers from different backgrounds and religions, speaking different languages. “We travel often to Asia, Africa, Europe, where they were born,” she says. “The boys know they’re from Southeast Asia, and they have their food and their music and their friends, and they have a pride particular to them. But I want them to be just as interested in the history of their sisters’ countries and Mommy’s country so we don’t start dividing. Instead of taking Z on a special trip”—ten-year-old Zahara was adopted from Ethiopia in 2005—“we all go to Africa and we have a great time.”
Along with their film work, travel all over the world for the UN and the many philanthropic causes in which she’s involved, there are doctors’ appointments, vaccines, play dates and meetings and everything else that comes with being an involved parent.
It sounds like a hectic life, but Jolie’s not ready to slow down.
“I’d like to be part of international work, and see where I can be useful, whatever way that takes shape” she says in the interview. “I still don’t know what I’m capable of.”
Read the Vogue article – and see all of the pictures – here.