I love it when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie imagine in interviews what parenting six children might be like if they didn’t employ five nannies.
After Brad once pretending he spends all day getting wee’d on (by the kids, not Ange) so he keeps a stack of Wet Wipes to hand – for Angie it’s all about the poop apparently.
”We have a very normal, very grounded home. And we’re friends, and we have a laugh with our kids,” Jolie tells Total Film. ”The great thing about having a bunch of kids is they just remind you that you’re the person who takes them to go poop!”
Given that their two youngest are four years old, I’m hoping this is not a potty training reference. Even if it was, you rarely say to your child: ‘Can I take you to go poop now please?’ but if the woman can’t operate an oven, can we really expect her to deal with the bowel movements of one of her own children? No, that’s why they have nannies.
Maybe it’s something to do with them existing on McDonalds Drive Thrus and hotel room service food and being blocked up (or the opposite), or perhaps it’s mommy dearest’s way of interacting with them?
But forget that- how do they explain away mommy and daddy telling the kids’ usual army of carers to stay hidden from view while their parents dress them up in a variety of weird outfits and parade them in front of a group of large camera-waving photographers that they’ve called up and told to meet them whenever they have something to promote?
“We just explain to our kids that people like to take pictures of people who make movies. And that’s all it is,” says Ange. “It’s not anything special about mommy and daddy – we just happen to make movies.”
But what about getting Angie’s PA to email stories about her and Brad to reporters who work on big American magazines?
“I don’t think [actors need a mystique surrounding their private life],” she says. “You know the actor. You’ve seen them at award shows, you’ve seen them at premieres dressed up. So whether they share or not, their cover is already blown.”
So, just one thing remains. What do they tell the children about ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’ being the movie where mommy met daddy while they were both working on it and started sleeping with with each other whilst he was married to someone else?
“Yes, we do talk about [that film bringing us together],” the actress claims. “We look around at our kids. I’m not somebody that thinks about destiny and fate but I don’t walk away from it when something unfolds.”
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