Imagining Angelina Jolie without her brood of six children is virtually impossible and yet the actress says there was a time when she thought she would never have a family. The actress recently gave an interview in Cambodia where she opened up about her thoughts on motherhood.
“It’s strange, I never wanted to have a baby. I never wanted to be pregnant. I never babysat. I never thought of myself as a mother,” the star said.
It was only after filming 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider in Cambodia that Jolie’s maternal instincts began to kick in. Spending her free time playing with children at a local school, a light seemed to come on for her. “It was suddenly very clear to me that my son was in the country, somewhere.”
She adopted her first child Maddox in 2002, and a year after adopting him opened a foundation in his name in the north-western Battambang province, to help fund healthcare, education and conservation projects in rural Cambodia.
Jolie is back in Cambodia directing her next film, First They Killed My Father, which is based on the memoir of Loung Ung, a survivor of the 1970s Cambodian genocide. Angelina will act as co-writer, producer and director on the project.
“I was deeply affected by Loung’s book,” Jolie said. “It deepened forever my understanding of how children experience war and are affected by the emotional memory of it. And it helped me draw closer still to the people of Cambodia, my son’s homeland.”
Her 14-year-old son Maddox is assisting in research while her 12 year old son Pax is acting as set photographer. “For me, this is the moment, where finally my life is kind of in line,” Angelina added. “And I feel I’m finally where I should be.”
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