Saint Angelina is on the cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair (her second time and third photo shoot with the mag), and Rich Cohen gets the actress to cry when talking about the death of her mother, as well as spill all kinds of secrets. But! Even though, as Cohen writes, Ms. Jolie is "more than an outstanding actress" — she's a humanitarian, an "archetype" — the photo on the cover is 25% boobs. But she is a woman with a brain and a heart and stuff to say. Sure, she's a polarizing figure: Some people love her, some hate her, some don't "get" her. She seems to operate outside of the Hollywood machine, never failing to do as she pleases (learning to fly, wearing vintage-store dresses on the red carpet) and really, honestly, embodies that "just don't give a fuck what you think" attitude that comes off as inner strength. Check out some choice quotes from Cohen's interview:
On gossip magazines: "People always slow down for a train wreck. It's like junk food. If you don't feel good about yourself, you want to read crap about other people, like gossip in high school. You don't understand why it's there, but somehow it makes a lot of people feel better."
More on tabloids:
"In my father's generation, the product was 80 percent of what you were putting into the world, and your personal life was 20 percent. It now seems that 80 percent of the product I put out is silly, made-up stories and what I'm wearing."
On raising her kids:
"You end up hearing yourself saying all those clichéd parent things: 'I don't care who started it, but I'm here to finish it.'"
"When I was growing up I wanted to adopt, because I was aware there were kids that didn't have parents. It's not a humanitarian thing, because I don't see it as a sacrifice. It's a gift. We're all lucky to have each other."
On having a multi-culti family:
"Brad got me this great thing for Christmas. It's a bookshelf that has a book on every religion. That's how we plan to raise our kids. Teach them about all religions. They can pick one or be a student of all of them. We'll celebrate Kwanzaa* for our girl. We'll celebrate moon and water festivals for our boys. We'll take them to temples in certain countries. Also to church."
On why children of movie stars often become movie stars:
"Artists raise their kids differently. We communicate to the point where we probably annoy our children. We have art around the house, we have books, we go to plays, we talk. Our focus is art and painting and dress-up and singing. It's what we love. So I think you can see how artists in some way raise other artists."
So yeah. According to her logic, her kids may very well be actors. Expect to see Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh & the twins in the remake of the remake of Hackers any day now.
*Um, hopefully she knows that Kwanzaa was invented in the U.S. in the '60s, and Zahara is from Ethiopia.