Angelina Jolie takes after her mom in how she raises her six children.
The longtime actress reflects on her late mother, French-American actress Marcheline Bertrand, in a brand new interview with Elle France. In the one-on-one, which has been translated from French, Jolie says Bertrand “would have thrived as a grandmother.”
Jolie’s mom died from cancer in 2007 at the young age of 56, so Bertrand’s teachings have been bequeathed to Jolie. “I know how much she would have contributed to their lives and I am sad they will miss out on that,” the “Maleficent” actress says.
“I would give anything for her to be with me at this time. I’ve needed her. I talk to her often in my mind and try to think what she might say and how she might guide me.”
Jolie, 41, says of being a mother to six — Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and 8-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox — “It is the greatest gift and responsibility. It means doing everything that you can to live by your values and try to be an example to your children.”
The actress shares custody of the children with her estranged husband Brad Pitt after filing for a divorce in September.
Jolie is equally as famous for her humanitarian efforts, a passion she tries to inspire in her children. “I try to lead by example, being conscious of others and being responsible. And to help them have a broader view of the world,” she tells the publication of being politically involved with her kids.
“But really the only way I know to raise them is to really listen,” she adds. “It’s perhaps the most important thing any parent can do.”
“They are resilient children but they are children, and as much as they need help to understand the hard truths in life they also need what we all need – protection and love.”