Angelina Jolie covers the new issue of Elle Magazine, and the 38-year-old actress looks stunning in these photos snapped by her pal/Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane.
Jolie also spoke candidly with the magazine's deputy editor Maggie Bullock about family life and fame, and she really opens up about her relationship with Brad Pitt and her early years on the Hollywood scene.
On having it all, Jolie says:
“I never thought I’d have children, I never thought I’d be in love, I never thought I’d meet the right person. Having come from a broken home—you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale, and you just don’t look for them.”
So what about Brad Pitt?
"You get together and you’re two individuals and you feel inspired by each other, you challenge each other, you complement each other, drive each other beautifully crazy. After all these years, we have history—and when you have history with somebody, you’re friends in such a very real, deep way that there’s such a comfort, and an ease, and a deep love that comes from having been through quite a lot together."
Jolie says the way she behaved in her twenties was “misinterpreted as [me] wanting to be rebellious,” adding:
“And in fact it wasn’t a need to be destructive or rebellious—it’s that need to find a full voice, to push open the walls around you. You want to be free. And as you start to feel that you are being corralled into a certain life, you kind of push against it. It may come out very strange, it may be interpreted wrong, but you’re trying to find out who you are. I realized that very young—that a life where you don’t live to your full potential, or you don’t experiment, or you’re afraid, or you hesitate, or there are things you know you should do but you just don’t get around to them, is a life that I’d be miserable living, and the only way to feel that I’m on the right path is just to be true to myself, whatever that may be, and that tends to come with stepping out of something that’s maybe safe or traditional.”
On her upcoming film Maleficent, Jolie previously revealed that it was a longtime dream of hers to star in the project, and she also had some say over who was cast as the young princess Aurora.
"They needed a child who wouldn’t be fazed by the Mistress of All Evil hissing 'I don’t like children' in her face," she says. “And my little Vivienne—we call her my shadow, because there’s nothing I can do to shake her. I can be tired, I can be grumpy, I can be in a terrible mood, and she doesn’t care. It’s ‘Mommy, Mommy,’ and she’ll cling to me. We knew that she would still do that thing, she’d still smile at me and insist that I pick her up. So we couldn’t really cast anybody else.”
Interestingly enough, Jolie's kids Pax and Zahara also appear in the film, but Shiloh had absolutely no interest in it. “I asked Shiloh about being Aurora, and she laughed in my face,” Jolie says. Still, it doesn't appear as though Brangelina are necessarily encouraging their kids to get into acting. “Brad and I made the decision that we wouldn’t keep them from sets and the fun of making movies, but we wouldn’t [glorify it either]—we wouldn’t make it a good thing or a bad thing. But I would really prefer they do something else,” she says.