The usually publicity shy Angelina Jolie has opened up about marriage, her six children, and her experimental twenties in a rare interview with ELLE magazine.
The 38-year-old star of the upcoming Maleficent film has posed for the title’s cover, and reveals that she and fiance Brad Pitt are now ‘more interested in each other’ than ever before.
Photographed by Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane in the brand’s sharp black-and-white clothes, Ms Jolie also revealed that she never thought she would find true love – and that her wild-child youth was publicly ‘misinterpreted as [me] wanting to be rebellious.’
The mother-of-six says that her nine-year relationship with Brad Pitt, as well as their large family, still surprises her.
‘I never thought I’d have children, I never thought I’d be in love, I never thought I’d meet the right person,’ Ms Jolie, who has been divorced twice, said. ‘Having come from a broken home—you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale, and you just don’t look for them.’
She says that rather than becoming uninterested in each other, her relationship with Mr Pitt, whom she got engaged to in April 2012, has evolved over time.
‘You get together and you’re two individuals and you feel inspired by each other, you challenge each other, you complement each other, drive each other beautifully crazy,’ she explained of their dynamic.
‘After all these years, we have history—and when you have history with somebody, you’re friends in such a very real, deep way that there’s such a comfort, and an ease, and a deep love that comes from having been through quite a lot together,’ she added.
While Ms Jolie was no wallflower in her youth, she does feel that her famous antics, which included kissing her brother James Haven on the Oscars red carpet in 2000 and carrying ex-husband Billy Bob’s blood around her neck on the red carpet, were misinterpreted.
She said that they came from a place that was not about ‘a need to be destructive or rebellious—it’s that need to find a full voice, to push open the walls around you.’
She says that as a young, curious person ‘you want to be free. And as you start to feel that you are being corralled into a certain life, you kind of push against it. It may come out very strange, it may be interpreted wrong, but you’re trying to find out who you are.’
Because she started working as an actress as the ripe age of seven, Ms Jolie says that her many scheduled engagements left her with a fear of leading ‘a life half-lived.’