‘It’s been my dream’

‘It’s been my dream’

Angelina Jolie reveals her multicultural children are learning SEVEN languages between them



She once spoke of her wish to have a ‘rainbow’ family and now Angelina Jolie has revealed her multicultural brood are learning seven languages between them. The 41-year-old actress has three children, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, seven, with husband Brad Pitt, and has adopted Maddox, 14, from Cambodia, Pax, 12, from Vietnam, and Zahara, 11, from Ethiopia.


Speaking on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour she said none of them are interested in becoming actors but have all taken up languages.


She said: ‘I asked them what languages they wanted to learn. Shi’s learning Khmer, which is the Cambodian language, Pax is focusing on Vietnamese, Mad has taken to German and Russian, Zi is speaking French, Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic and Knox is learning sign language.’


She added: ‘I suppose you don’t know who your children are until they show you who they are and they’re just becoming whoever they’re going to be. They’re interested about other cultures. It’s been in my dream.’


The Oscar winner said none of her children want to follow in her footsteps to Hollywood but said they do find the process of filmmaking interesting.


She has recently worked with her son Maddox on a film for Netflix called First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia, set for release later this year, about the bloody history of the country where he was born. She spoke about the project being a bonding experience.


‘Any mother with a teenager knows it’s nice to find something to come together on in the teenage years. He’s wonderful,’ she said.


The mother of six said Maddox has taken a shine to film editing while Pax enjoys DJing.


Miss Jolie was the final guest-editor of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Takeover week.


She spoke passionately about her work as a UN Special Envoy and said she had taught her children not to pity those who were forced to flee their country but to respect them.


‘We think of the people who are going through these difficult situations but we also talk about their resilience and their strength and we admire them. They’re heroes in my house and my kids are friends with children who are refugees and children from their own countries,’ she said.


Source: Mail Online