No surprise here – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s six children are already growing up to be impressively worldly.
The 41-year-old actress opened up about her six kids – 14-year-old Maddox, 12-year-old Pax, 11-year-old Zahara, 10-year-old Shiloh, and 7-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox – while appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour on Friday. Despite their young ages, Jolie says her children are all learning different languages, and also lovingly refers to them by their nicknames – “Shi,” “Mad” and “Z.”
“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,” Jolie shared. “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.”
But it definitely looks like there will be a musician in the family’s future!
“None of my kids want to be actors. They are actually very interested in being musicians,” Jolie said. “I think they like the process of film from the outside. Mad is interested in editing. Pax loves music and deejaying.”
Jolie also talk about her experiences as a Special Envoy for the United Nations, and her experience giving birth to Shiloh in Africa in 2006. It was there that Jolie came face to face with problems that millions of less privileged woman go through around the world.
“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 breech because I had had the money to have an ultrasound,” Jolie recalled. “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, [could have been prevented] with one simple machine.”
“I probably wouldn’t have made it this far if I were a refugee,” she added, recounting her experiences visiting refugee camps across the Middle East and Africa.