During a Friday appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour, Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie opened up about family life with husband Brad Pitt and their six children: Maddox, 14, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and 7-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
On the kids’ global education: “All the kids are learning different languages. I asked them what languages they wanted to learn and Shi is learning Khmai, which is a Cambodian language, Pax is focusing on Vietnamese, Mad has taken to German and Russian, Z is speaking French, Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic, and Knox is learning sign language. I suppose that just means you don’t know who your children are until they show you who they are and they are just becoming whoever they want to be.”
On if the kids are following in mom and dad’s footsteps: “None of my kids want to be actors. They are actually very interested in being musicians. I think they like the process of film from the outside. Mad is interested in editing. Pax loves music and deejaying.”
On undergoing surgery: “When you go through something and you learn about yourself and your body in anything medical, you feel – it really wasn’t a decision. It was just, I thought that I had gained information that I wish my mother would have known. I wish she had the option. I wish she had the surgery, in fact, and it might have given her more years with my family.”
On raising awareness about ovarian and breast cancer: “It means a great deal to me. If there is even one woman out there who went and got checked and found that she had cancer or she was positive and she caught something in time, and if in any small way I was a part of that, it makes me very emotional.”
On giving birth to daughter Shiloh in Africa: “I went to a hospital in Namibia, where I was having my daughter, and I was in breech. I needed a C-section, and I knew I was in breach because I had had the money to have an ultrasound. But I found even the local hospital with many, many women – and this was a good hospital – did not have an ultrasound machine. So the amount of women that didn’t know they were in breech, the amount of babies and complications when they got into labor, with one simple machine. But I know there are many extraordinary people who are working on this and women’s health around the world, and many groups dedicated solely to that, and their work is so needed and these solutions can come.”