A shared gold medal and an Olympic knitter: The most heartwarming moments from the Olympics so far
A shared gold medal and an Olympic knitter: The most heartwarming moments from the Olympics...

Sarah Finnan

Sustainable Irish sleepwear brands to help you catch some zs
Sustainable Irish sleepwear brands to help you catch some zs

Sarah Finnan

Andrew McGinley: ‘I cannot forgive the act of murder. I can’t forgive how my children died’
Andrew McGinley: ‘I cannot forgive the act of murder. I can’t forgive how my children...

Amanda Cassidy

What actually consitutes self-care when you’re a mother
What actually consitutes self-care when you’re a mother

Sophie White

The expert guide to your hair problems, from thinning hair to heat damage
The expert guide to your hair problems, from thinning hair to heat damage

Melanie Morris

Best hotel restaurants: 16 places to add to your Irish staycation bucket list
Best hotel restaurants: 16 places to add to your Irish staycation bucket list

Sarah Finnan

Here’s how you can manage symptoms of work anxiety
Here’s how you can manage symptoms of work anxiety

Jennifer McShane

Step straight onto the sand with these 5 Irish hotels on the beach
Step straight onto the sand with these 5 Irish hotels on the beach

Megan Burns

5 inspiring self-help books that will change your life
5 inspiring self-help books that will change your life

Jennifer McShane

Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning
Jamie Lee Curtis shows every parent how to handle their child transitioning

Jennifer McShane

Image / Editorial

Angelina Jolie Talks About The Moment That Made Her Want To Be A Mother


by Jennifer McShane
18th Feb 2016

onstage during Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California.

blank

Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie opened up about her life and thoughts on motherhood in a candid new interview. Despite her current brood of six children, the By the Sea star said she never wanted to be a mother – until a life-changing trip to Cambodia’made her think differently.

Jolie visited Southeast Asian country 16 years ago to film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – and that first exposure to victims of land mines, poverty and oppression led her to become a U.N. goodwill ambassador the next year.

?That trip triggered my realisation of how little I knew and the beginning of my search for that knowledge,? she told the Associated Press.

She then went on to say subsequent a visit to a Cambodian school gave her an even greater epiphany: she wanted to be a mother.

?It’s strange, I never wanted to have a baby,? said Jolie. ?I never wanted to be pregnant. I never babysat. I never thought of myself as a mother.?But while playing with children at a Cambodian school, ?it was suddenly very clear to me that my son was in the country, somewhere.?

She adopted Maddox in 2002, and a year later opened a foundation in his name.

A few years later, she brought home her daughter Zahara, now 11, from Ethiopia. In 2007, she and her then-future husband, Brad Pitt, adopted Pax, now 12, from Vietnam.?The couple, who married in August 2014, also share three biological children: Daughter Shiloh, 9, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 7.

Soon afterwards Jolie took a deliberate step back from her career to focus on raising her family, her health issues and her?inspiring humanitarian efforts; she has frequently called for action in the Middle East, drawing media attention through her role as a Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, among other projects.?

The star said she felt it important to explain her connection to the country which she said had such a life-altering affect on her. She has returned to Cambodia to make the “most important film” of her career. Entitled?First They Killed My Father, the movie?is based on a Khmer Rouge memoir written by survivor Loung Ung that recounts the 1970s Cambodian genocide from a child’s perspective.

This isn’t the first time Jolie had decided to be refreshingly open about her personal life; it was in a powerful op-ed in the New York Times that she revealed she had undergone?a double mastectomy and?had surgery to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

Her new film is expected to?premiere in Cambodia at the end of the year, before its release on Netflix.

Via Associated Press

Also Read

blank
EDITORIAL
The life-changing act of binning all your terrible underwear

A life of wearing the wrong underwear had Sophie White’s knickers in a twist. She reports on the unexpected satisfaction...

By Sophie White

Vegan
EDITORIAL
Delicious vegan-friendly spots to try for a weekend brunch in Dublin

Check out three of our favourite vegan/veggie-friendly spots in Dublin worth trying this weekend. The best bit? Chances are, even...

By Jennifer McShane

alternative asthma treatments
EDITORIAL
Three alternative asthma treatments to try this hayfever season

Approximately 80% of people with asthma also suffer from hayfever, which can make summer days a nightmare. These three alternative...

By Grace McGettigan

Keith-_-Tara_130_Web Shantanu Starick painting kitchen cabinets
EDITORIAL
How to limit drips and brush strokes while painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can be transformative and can be achieved relatively low-cost, but you need the right equipment, and a lot of...

By Amanda Kavanagh

blank
BREAKING STORIES
Supermodel Naomi Campbell becomes a mum at 50

The first-time mum shared the news on social media today.   Supermodel Naomi Campbell has announced that she has become a mother....

By Jennifer McShane

audiobooks
EDITORIAL
6 brilliant audiobooks worth listening to during lockdown

Six great audiobooks to listen to in lockdown. It took me ages to come around to the idea of audiobooks....

By Jennifer McShane

blank
EDITORIAL
The Howth train attack represents a lawlessness that makes me fear for my daughters

I fear the true fallout of Covid on our cities is just getting started, writes Amanda Cassidy As the pandemic...

By Amanda Cassidy