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Angelina Jolie and Family W Magazine Photo Shoot and Quotes

Check Out More of Angelina and The Kids in W!

We've been waiting patiently for the rest of the W Magazine spread and interview since first seeing the controversial cover of Angelina Jolie and initial quotes last week. Now, the article is here and while only a taste of the 21 page photo spread is out, you can check out eight of the gorgeous photos here. Love how personal and intimate they seem — the whole family looks stunning. There is also the back story on how the shoot came to be with Brad as photographer, but here are more interview highlights:

  • On Maddox's love of guns and knives: “My mom took me to buy my first daggers when I was 11 or 12,” she recalls. “And I’ve already bought Maddox some things. We take him to a special shop.” She emphasizes that the knife blades are dulled so they’re not dangerous, and that the purchases are accompanied by discussions about violence. But, she says, “we also talk about samurais and about the idea of defending someone as good. We talk about everything.”
  • On traveling: “It’s part of how I want to raise them,” Jolie says, adding that they’ve shown no resistance to being uprooted. “If you tell them we’re getting on a plane tomorrow, they’re all excited to pack their bags, and if you say we’re not coming back for months, they won’t bat an eye,” she says. “I think they see the world as a home. I’ve seen Madd run through the markets of Addis Ababa [in Ethiopia] and not notice that it’s very poor, or that everyone is African or that he’s Asian. It wouldn’t matter to him.” If Jolie has a favorite possession, she says, it’s the overstuffed Tumi case that holds the family’s travel documents: Vietnamese, Namibian, Ethiopian, French and American passports, plus her own UN credentials.

To read more from the interview on Brad and the kids just

  • On Brad: “I love his photography,” she says. “Some people have a hobby, and they find the quickest way to it and are very pleased with the outcome right away. But he’s someone who will really study the camera—he’ll get the most complicated one and really understand the science behind it. And he’s very critical of his own work. I’ll see a photograph and think it’s amazing, but he’ll see all the different reasons why it can be better, and he’ll work very, very hard to improve it.”
  • On the kids: As we wind up the interview, Jolie asks suddenly, “Want to walk around?” and adds, “You might run into a bunch of small people.” We head back to the garden, where a cluster of pétanque balls are scattered on the ground, and up to the empty pool. “I seem to have lost my children,” Jolie deadpans. She suspects they’re still where she left them, in her and Pitt’s bedroom. It’s become their favorite hangout lately. “Most nights, someone ends up in our bed,” Jolie says. “They’ve just taken over in there—especially right now, because we want them to feel that the babies aren’t special in the room. So our door is much more like a swinging door.” The Jolie-Pitt bedroom, of course, remains off-limits to journalists. And sometimes even to kids, Jolie declares. “The kids do knock before entering,” she says. “We’ve at least got that part down. Because Mommy and Daddy need some space.”

We can't wait to see the rest of the photos when the magazine hits newsstands October 21, but until then these photos and intimate quotes give us a great peek into the life of the Jolie-Pitts.

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Roccoco Roccoco 8 years
I agree with PeachyKeen 19..what the heck is so original or inspiring about the way she's raising her kids...and now she's even being praised for encouraging mother's to breastfeed???Next she might even be credited for achieving 'world peace' and saving the Brazilian rainforest's..Hellooo....crazed fans...she's just an ordinary human being who has the same bowel functions as the rest of you, there is nothing special about her, her work or what she's doing, there are people out there who are not only the REAL DEAL but who deserve waaay more publicity and celebrity than the Joli-Pitts enjoy. Too bad they don't have the money to buy the hearts of people the way these idiotic/manic celeb freaks do.
grsshppr grsshppr 8 years
love her, love them, admire this family so much. between this family and the obamas, race is becoming blurrier at "the top" and i couldn't be happier
KHast KHast 8 years
Interest in knives/guns does not equal bad intentions. It's like noticing a nice work of art, in my opinion. I'll even call a certain weapon "pretty" or "beautiful". It's just how you're raised to view them, and your feelings toward them yourself.
ligaya ligaya 8 years
I’m not the only one to notice how the whole knife thing was laid at Angelina’s doorstep. Again, where’s Brad? Angelina said “WE” take him to a special shop - meaning ‘BRAD AND I.’ But I guess it’s easier and sells more rags to make Angelina the bad guy, the crazy unfit mother. Brad is in on this too, btw, though people act as if he doesn’t exist in the equation. (If he convinced Angelina to get pregnant, he has some powerful mojo.) Angelina, like many young women - and a few young men - cut themselves as a way to cope with deeper pain. This coping mechanism has been going on for decades, but isn’t as well known as bulimia/anorexia, and other disorders and addictions. With help, people recover. Angelina stopped cutting a long time ago. I personally witnessed at the 2001 Comic-Con, where Angelina was promoting Lara Croft 2, long lines of young women at the mike thanking her for coming out and helping them feel less like isolated freaks - giving them hope they could stop too.
eveday eveday 8 years
Every time you post, you prove one more time you care. Not only about the celebrities you write about, but about those who dare to disagree with you. You find fighting online entertaining. Period. And please, the overuse of emoticons to show your despise don't make your comment look more interesting. It just makes you sound a lot like a former user who has been banned.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
If they've banned you before and you came back under a different username, that's probably more the reason. :shrug:
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Californiagirlx7, Angelina used her knives when she was younger to cut herself. ShootingStar, I know that. I already stated that in a previous comment. What's your point?
IamAten IamAten 8 years
fine=find (hit the wrong button)
IamAten IamAten 8 years
Deary :oy: I find blogging about Celebs entertaining. That's why I'm here and that's why I'm posting comments. It has nothing to do with me "caring" for Angelina... :rotfl: That is so elementary for you to think that way and not understand the real concept of blogging.... LOL I'm sorry, but for you to think that if someone posts a comment and is having a discussion about a celeb that they care about that person A LOT...I just fine that Hilarious!! I guess the people on Web MD that talk and blog about diseases are really in love with those diseases huh! "ROTFL:
eveday eveday 8 years
Oh, my comment was at IamAten's post # 83. One of the very short ones she wrote since...well, she couldn't care less about Angelina.
eveday eveday 8 years
"I am a college educated intelligent person, and obviously I don't care for Angelina." I'm sorry, but you care about her. And A LOT.
alethia037 alethia037 8 years
I think that they are both a little odd, but I think they have a beautiful family and a beautiful family life. I bet their children grow up to be kind, caring, humanitarians.
bitterliberation bitterliberation 8 years
she sounds like her old freaky self. poor children
Sophie827 Sophie827 8 years
IamAten I understand that people are very harsh on many celebs in comparison to Angelina. She has just done so much to bring awareness to the challenges in the developing world as well as give a lot of her money to charity that I cannot disrespect her. Celebrities like Jessica Simpson/Britney Spears/Paris Hilton seem to court fame and basically use nothing but their sexuality to make money and fame. It makes them an easy target for criticism. I think there is a growing ideal among young women today that their only value is in their sex appeal and that makes me really sad. It seems a woman can only sell a record unless she's half naked on the cover or the only way to raise your profile is to release a sex tape. Some celebs just seem to command respect while others put themselves out there for criticism. We just wouldn't expect people to respond to someone like Cate Blanchett as they would to Heidi Montag or Kim Kardashian. I know Angelina has definitely made some mistakes in the public eye but with the clinics she's created and the causes she's promoted she is actually personal responsible for saving some lives and making things a tinsy bit better is some areas and it's hard for me to judge her after that.
sundaygreen sundaygreen 8 years
Well said ligaya.
ShootingStar ShootingStar 8 years
PeachyKeen19, I totally agree. Also, what? she gives Maddox knives?! OMFG, I thought she was getting smarter, wiser, but I guess not. Why would a young boy want knives other than giving in the gothic morbidity that underlies all of people's mentality, which we all try to fight and control. Having a fascination with knives is not a good thing unless you're an 80 year old male who has war stories, or stories from the farm to tell. Kids today want the robot pets, not knives. Plus he's not her biological kid, so it's not hereditary, so she must be trying to sell this sh*t to him. Good parenting, get the kids to play with knives, dulled or not. Californiagirlx7, Angelina used her knives when she was younger to cut herself.
mash mash 8 years
OMG that woman is crazy! Those kids are going to grow up for a psychics, you will see. "we don't want them to thinks that babes are special" ???? come on ppl - by saying it over and over again in every magazine possible she is making those babes special. denying something so hard you point it and show it harder. sometimes when you want to hide something you show it off more than you think. poor kids. I mean all of then adopted and not. she is sick and whole world is loving her - she definitely have some mental problems
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
IAMaTen - This is a worthless thing to argue about. Stop caring so much about the well-being of their children, it's not going to affect you or me. They seem to be happy and healthy, that's all that matters. I have already shown how I am not one-sided and I don't agree with EVERYTHING the Jolie-Pitts do. Anyone who knows me on here knows that I look at both sides of every issue. Once again, you need to read my comments more carefully and stop being so negative and picking apart every quote by her.
ligaya ligaya 8 years
As much as Angelina and Brad love their kids - do you think they'd put them in harm's way? There’s no direct correlation between movie/toy violence and real violence in real life. Japan has some of the most violent films and video games in the world, and violent crimes are almost non-existent there. There are more guns in Canada than in the U.S., but their crime statistics are nowhere as high as ours. The gold gun around Angelina's neck? Maddox drew it and Brad had the drawing made into a pendant. I think they're both proud of whatever their children do as long as it isn't destructive. I'm for gun control but not against guns per se, especially for self-defense – and especially if they’re toys and jewelry. It's said that child's play is rehearsal for their roles as adults. Dolls and playing house, fighting (cowboys and Indians in my politically incorrect childhood, cops & robbers, knights, pirates, Jedi vs. Stormtroopers). To me, there's nothing essentially different between Han Solo's blaster and a toy gun, a lightsaber and a toy knife. Maddox's knife is real, scaled to his size. What most media don’t report is that the KNIFE HAS BEEN DULLED, it can’t hurt anyone. Angelina is an expert of knives; she got her first knife at 11 when her mom took her to a Renaissance Faire, and she’s studied and collected them ever since. She’s passing on her knowledge to Maddox. Given how camouflaged paparazzi invaded the Jolie-Pitt home in southern France, maybe Maddox will need those skills to defend his brothers and sisters. (just kidding) Parents in the 1970s tried changing society’s values by banning Barbies from girls, and toy guns from boys. Didn’t work – the boys would just use their hands, sticks or broom handles as substitutes for guns and swords. I’ve seen pictures of tribes in the Amazon and New Guinea, the little boys run around with miniature bows and arrows; that’s probably how the Native Americans trained their young ones to hunt, too – kind of like T-ball to Little League to the minors to the Big Show. Or rodeo performers competing when boys and girls and working up to the adult competition. Or those kids with cute miniature violins graduating to full-sized ones. I think Angelina and Brad teaching Maddox how to handle knives responsibly and with respect, as well as teaching the value of defending others is good - maybe not for every boy and girl, but for those prepared for it. IMO, that's much better than the grandfather taking his 5 year old grandson hunting (I read about in Dear Margo) - how could a 5 year old know how to handle a shotgun safely?
HeidiMD HeidiMD 8 years
Whoever said there is something "wrong" with kids who like flying clearly hasn't travelled with very many kids! I would never say this is a general rule, but I think most kids are pretty enthusiastic about traveling. It means they get to do something fun and different. Kids don't have to deal with the stresses of traveling (arranging the tickets, keeping track of the suitcases, etc.), so it's just fun for them. There are many kids that are afraid of it or just don't like it, but I don't think there is ANYTHING wrong with kids who do.
ilek ilek 8 years
and we truly appreciate your patronage - :-) and I'm sure those facts that Iama10 mentioned are verified by the always truthful Star and National Enquirer... the reading of choice of the naysayers! :mrgreen:
hkd hkd 8 years
#60 - you are missing the point. When Mad is older, he'll realize how Addis Ababa is "different." For now, it's great he sees them as just fellow human beings no different than himself.
hkd hkd 8 years
That cover picture - actually the framing in the original is much better. They're actually all pretty good. And I admire the way Angie raise the kids to be comfortable everywhere in the world. We've got a long way to go but this is as good a place to start as any...
Ginger Ginger 8 years
If they had a big bed made, it's probably still sitting in whatever house that was put in. But this year they are mostly in different houses, the kids are older, and there are more kids, so evidently things changed. That doesn't mean they are fake or lying. It looks like some of you have the time and energy to maintain some sort of jolie-pitt database for the purpose of cross checking their quotes from year to year.
Sophie827 Sophie827 8 years
IamAten what exactly is your problem with these 2? You have to nit pick everything they do. I think they are both amazing people for all the time and money they have committed to charity and taking 3 kids out of poverty and into a loving family is pretty special too. As a kid from 2 till 7 my family travelled a lot around our country (Australia). I lived in different cities, the tropics and many other interesting places. I consider it a great time in my life as I had so many experiences (from travelling on trams to swimming in beautiful waterholes and drinking out of a coconut at the sunset beach markets) and learn't different things. We still went to interesting places after that but only for a week long holiday or so and it wasn't the same. I love my home as I live by the water and it's beautiful but I would have liked to travel more as a kid. I would love to spend my life travelling the world and experiencing new places and cultures and these kids are going to grow up with such a great education and not be so ignorant (like many Western children) of how fortunate they are. I doubt the kids don't have their own beds. I never slept in my parents bed but kids often come in and jump on their parents bed/have stories read to them/hap naps there and they would need one to fit the whole family so no one is left out. The knife thing is pretty bizzare and weird if you ask me but they are most probably collectables rather than toys and I do think it's a good thing she teaches her kids about violence, especially with so much of it in the media today.
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