When they have a movie to promote, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will do a seriously solid round of interviews. Both were chosen for the Wall Street Journal Magazine's Innovators issue, in which they spoke about raising a family of six children, as well Jolie's decision to remove not only her breasts in 2013, but her ovaries two years so as to preserve her good health.
Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, passed away in January 2007 from ovarian cancer at 56, as did Jolie's grandmother from the same disease years before.
"You have to understand that this is a woman who never knew she'd make it to 40," Pitt told the magazine. "This is a woman who had watched her mother, aunt and grandmother become sick and eventually succumb, all at an early age. Her drive, her absolute value in herself, is defined by the impact she can have during her time here—for her kids and for the underprivileged and those suffering."
Jolie, for her part, wanted to make sure her children didn't go through what she had to endure when she watched her own mother die.
"I want to make sure my kids are never worried about me. Even if I'm going through something, I make sure they are very aware that I'm totally fine. I'll stop and make a joke. I talk to them," Jolie explained.
"I never, ever want them to have that secret worry and feel that they have to take care of me."
Theirs is a life that is lived as normally as possible.
"We wake up, we make breakfast. In our domestic life, we're Mom and Dad," Jolie said of raising her children - Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, Zahara, Vivienne and Knox. "And often we're dorky Mom and Dad, which the kids find ridiculous."
Filming for the couple's newest movie, By The Sea (written and directed by Jolie) started just after their August 2014 wedding.
The timing could have made for a disastrous start to a marriage, Pitt said.
"But as soon as we got home, it was bedtime stories, children's needs and problems, the fights they'd had during the day. We had to immediately snap back to something that was uniting and positive and loving."
The two are smitten kittens and everything is fine, mmmk?
By The Sea opens Friday, November 13th.