This week's Entertainment Weekly features Angelina Jolie with a fabulous, chatty Q&A interview filling its pages. Here's a taste:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What would be your ideal way to spend a free Saturday? ANGELINA JOLIE: I have a lot of those. Very simple things. On weekends we usually have family sleep. We always have one night a week where everybody stays up late, watches a movie, and stays in our bed. We have, like, a slumber party.
Is there intense competition among the kids as to who sleeps where? Yeah, but it's funny: The boys tend to want to be near Mommy and the girls tend to want to be near Daddy. So it works out nicely.
What's the deal with Brad's new tattoo? I drew that. We went to Davos. It's not that we were bored at the World Economic Forum, but one night we didn't have anything to do, so I was drawing on his back.
And you thought, ''Let's make it a tattoo''? He just liked it! The picture everybody saw was kind of awkward, but it just lines up beautifully on his back, just enhances the part of the body I like.
I've heard people say it's (pregnancy) bad for the sex life. No, I think it's quite the opposite. It's great for the sex life. It just makes you a lot more creative. So you have fun, and as a woman you're just so round and full.
You and Brad aren't married. How do you refer to each other? We have that problem all the time. I say ''partner'' sometimes. ''Father of my children'' is too long. But half the time people refer to us as, ''So, your wife this, your husband that.'' We've stopped correcting everybody. It's not a big intentional thing not to marry. We immediately were a family when we became a couple, and children were the priority, and we're both legally committed to the children. And that seemed to be the right thing.
Is there anything you've said that you wish you hadn't? Like all that business about wearing the vial of Billy Bob Thornton's blood around your neck when you two were married? No! It was never a vial anyway. It was like a flower press. It was like from a slight cut on your finger and you press your fingerprint in. It was kind of a sweet gesture. I thought it was kind of romantic! I still love him dearly and think the world of him and I'm proud to have been his wife for a time. I don't believe in regrets. It's a dangerous habit to get into — it makes you pause in your life if you start thinking back and questioning yourself.
''Brad is the hardest person to shop for,'' she says of her partner, Brad Pitt, while checking out a window display of Corum watches at the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat in the south of France. ''He has impeccable design taste. And whenever he sees something he likes, he buys it for himself.'' Pitt's most recent gift to Jolie — the gun-charm necklace she wore to her EW photo shoot — is also a tough act to follow.
''Mad, our 6-year-old, draws lots of war scenarios,'' she explains. ''He's all into war and guns. So for Mother's Day he drew a machine gun, and Brad had it made into a necklace, which is really sweet. It's really cute. I think it's really good!''
Leave it to Angelina Jolie to drop the words cute and machine gun in the same breath. The 33-year-old Academy Award winner has always cultivated dual identities: On the one hand, she's been the Mistress of the Dark (as in her fascinations with tattoos, knives, and blood); on the other, she's the Minister of Light (her work promoting international peace). Her next starring film roles keep that dichotomy alive: On June 27 she appears as Fox, a morally driven assassin who mentors a shlubby office worker (Atonement's James McAvoy) in the graphically violent Wanted, directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch). And in October she stars in Clint Eastwood's latest film, Changeling, as a 1920s single mom whose 9-year-old son disappears.
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