Angelina Jolie reveals why her children fear for her as she gets older in rare interview

Angelina Jolie poses with her children on the red carpet upon arrival for the European premiere of the film "Maleficent:Mistress of Evil" in London on October 9, 2019
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Angelina Jolie has confessed her children's fears for her as she gets older as she talks about family life in a rare interview.

Angelina Jolie is an A-List actress who has walked on a narrow ledge atop a 12-story building and has dived through an opening door while firing a gun.

But when it comes to homeschooling her kids, there's one fun activity that her children refuse to let her do.

"I'm looking forward to my fifties – I feel that I'm going to hit my stride in my fifties,' Angelina told Vogue Magazine. 'Though we were on the trampoline the other day, and the children said, 'No, mom, don't do that. You'll hurt yourself.' And I thought, 'God, isn't that funny,'" she recalled.

The American actress, 45, is mum-of-six to Maddox, 19, Pax, 17, Zahara, 16, Shiloh, 14, and 12-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox. But whilst she's juggling her career with looking after her children, she's discovered she's not considered as youthful as she thought she was.

In a rare interview, Angelina, who played action heroine Lara Croft in Tomb Raider 2001 and 2003 films, discusses family life and it looks like her kids are starting to worry about the star as she's got older.

She continued, "There was a day I was an action star, and now the kids are telling me to get off the trampoline because I'll hurt myself."

When it comes to juggling her busy career and motherhood, Angelina believes her childhood has stood her in good stead. She explained, "Well, I was never very good at sitting still. Even though I wanted to have many children and be a mom, I always imagined it kind of like Jane Goodall, travelling in the middle of the jungle somewhere. I didn't imagine it in that true, traditional sense."

But despite choosing traditional schooling amid divorce battle, she warned that the world health pandemic had left her unprepared for being a stay-at-home mum.

She added, "I feel like I'm lacking in all the skills to be a traditional stay-at-home mom. I'm managing through it because the children are quite resilient, and they're helping me, but I'm not good at it at all."

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the premiere of "By the Sea" at the 2015 AFI Fest at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on November 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California

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Angelina co-parents her kids with her ex-husband Brad Pitt, previously revealed why her split from Brad was 'healing' for the children and she previously revealed the kids are learning new languages as part of their homeschooling.

"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," she said.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is currently a Senior Entertainment Writer for, formerly Senior Entertainment writer for Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life and has more than 16 years of experience in newspapers, magazines and online. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including celebrity births, weddings and reality show line-ups including Strictly, Dancing On Ice and The Great British Bake Off, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories from baby names to store closures and product recall warnings. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.