Angelina Jolie Explains Why She's Been Spending More Time At Home With Her Kids

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Angelina Jolie has had many a show-stopping red carpet moment.

From the the satin and sheer slip dresses of the Nineties and the leg-popping Atelier Versace moment of 2012 Oscars to the Saint Laurent deconstructed tuxedo at the 2014 BAFTA Awards, and her most recent appearances wearing spookily embellished gowns for the Maleficent 2 publicity tour, Jolie commands a red carpet camera like no other.

Since becoming a mother, it's now not unusual for the actress to bring along her brood of six children to premieres, award ceremonies and charity galas.

On April 20, 2021, Jolie spoke about how she navigates her career while raising her children, who she co-parents with her ex husband Brad Pitt following their 2016 separation. Jolie said she is now more selective about the projects she chooses and has opted more for acting work rather than directing because this allows her to spend more time with her family.

'I love directing, but I had a change in my family situation that's not made it possible for me to direct for a few years,' the actor told Entertainment Weekly. 'I needed to just do shorter jobs and be home more, so I kind of went back to doing a few acting jobs. That's really the truth of it.'

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Photo credit: Christopher Polk - Getty Images

A month later, she described her brood as 'cool people'. 'We're such a team so I am very, very lucky,' Jolie told E!'s Daily Pop. 'I'm always the one who worries but I don't worry about them. They're cool people.'

On May 12 the actor opened up to Lorraine Kelly on her ITV show about how she's spent more time at home in recent years, noting: 'The last few years I haven't been able to direct. I've been home much more. I've done a few films but I've been mostly been home.

'They're very important years to be home. It's a certain time for our family when I've needed to be home but these are the years when they're really growing into adults. I'm happy to be there and try to make sure... I do the best that I can.'

Here are all the times Angelina Jolie's kids have scrubbed up and won the red carpet just like their mother always has, with a brief introduction to the large family.

Angelina Jolie's children

Angelina Jolie has six children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Knox and Vivienne.

In her exclusive essay for ELLE's September issue this year, Jolie wrote of her pride for her children.

'I could not be prouder of my sons for the men they are becoming, the way they respect their sisters and are respected by them...,' she penned.

'I often tell my daughters that the most important thing they can do is to develop their minds. You can always put on a pretty dress, but it doesn’t matter what you wear on the outside if your mind isn’t strong. There is nothing more attractive – you might even say enchanting – than a woman with an independent will and her own opinions.'

Maddox Jolie-Pitt

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Photo credit: J. Merritt - Getty Images

Maddox is Angelina's first child, who she adopted from Cambodia in 2002 when he was seven months old. Now, 18, he recently enrolled at university in Seoul, South Korea - something Jolie said makes her so proud of him.

'I feel my world expands as their world expands, I'm excited. Maddox was so ready,' she told ET.

Pax Jolie-Pitt

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Photo credit: Michael Kovac - Getty Images

Fifteen-year-old Pax was adopted by Jolie from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam when he was three years old in 2007. The teen attended the 2018 Golden Globes with his mother last year.

Zahara Jolie-Pitt

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Photo credit: Karwai Tang - Getty Images

The first daughter for Angelina came with the arrival of Zahara, who the Lara Croft actress adopted from Ethiopia in 2005. Now, 14, Zahara attended the Maleficent: Mistress of Evil premieres with her mother recently sporting what is reportedly her own jewellery designs.

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt

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Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images

Angelina gave birth to her first child with ex-husband Brad Pitt in Namibia in 2007.

Knox Jolie-Pitt

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Photo credit: Dia Dipasupil - Getty Images

Angelina and Brad's youngest children are twins, their son and daughter Knox and Vivienne who were born in Nice, France in 2008.

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt

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Photo credit: Jeff Spicer - Getty Images

When Vivienne, now 11, was five she starred in Angelina's film Maleficent as the young Aurora to Elle Fanning's character. However, Angelina recently said that her youngest daughter's stint as an actress was short-lived.

'Vivienne still can’t believe I made her a princess,' Angelina told People. 'She likes her overalls, I can’t put her in a dress. So she’s like, "How could you make me a princess?"'

Angelina clarified that none of her children want to follow in their parents' footsteps into Hollywood, instead having expressed desires to work in the humanitarian or business fields.

Now you're familiar with the members of the A-List clan, here's all the times, they've joined their mother on the red carpet - starting with the most recent:

Angelina Jolie's Kids On The Red Carpet

October 2019: (From Left to Right) Angelina, Vivienne, Zahara, Shiloh and Knox attend London premiere for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Photo credit: Samir Hussein - Getty Images


Angelina, Shiloh and Zahara attend Rome premiere for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Photo credit: Mondadori Portfolio - Getty Images

Angelina, Zahara and Maddox attend Tokyo premiere for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Photo credit: Christopher Jue - Getty Images

September 2019: Angelina, Knox, Zahara, Pax, Vivienne and Shiloh attend LA premiere for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

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Photo credit: Kevin Winter - Getty Images

March 2019: Angelina, Knox, Zahara, Vivienne and Shiloh attend premiere for Dumbo

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Photo credit: Kevin Winter - Getty Images

February 2019: Angelina, Knox, Vivienne, Pax, Shiloh, Zahara and Maddox attend screening for The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

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Photo credit: Monica Schipper - Getty Images

Angelina, Shiloh, Zahara, Maddox and Pax (joined by artist Prune Nourry) attend MoMa premiere

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Photo credit: Mark Sagliocco - Getty Images

February 2018: Angelina, Shiloh and Zahara at the Annie Awards

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Photo credit: David Livingston - Getty Images

January 2018: Angelina, Shiloh and Zahara (joined by human rights activist Loung Ung) at National Board Of Review Awards Gala

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Photo credit: Nicholas Hunt - Getty Images

October 2017: Angelina, Shiloh and Zahara at the premiere for The Breadwinner

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Photo credit: Neilson Barnard - Getty Images

Angelina and Pax at the Golden Globes

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Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images

September 2017: Angelina, Vivienne, Shiloh, Knox and Zahara at Toronto Film Festival (TIFF)

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Photo credit: J. Merritt - Getty Images

Angelina, Maddox and Pax at TIFF

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Photo credit: Michael Tran - Getty Images

Angelina, Maddox, Pax, Vivienne, Knox and Shiloh at TIFF

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Photo credit: AFP Contributor - Getty Images

Angelina, Maddox and Pax at the First They KilledMy Father New York City premiere

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Photo credit: James Devaney - Getty Images

March 2015: Angelina, Zahara and Shiloh attend Kids Choice Awards

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Photo credit: Lester Cohen/KCA2015 - Getty Images

November 2013: Angelina, Brad Pitt and Maddox attend the Board of Governors awards

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Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images

June 2013: Brad Pitt, Angelina, Maddox and Pax attend premiere for World War Z

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Photo credit: Dave M. Benett - Getty Images

December 2009: Brad Pitt, Angelina and Maddox at the premiere for Invictus

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Photo credit: Kevin Winter - Getty Images

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