In one of her interviews, Angelina Jolie said that she initially did not want to bear a child or become a mother.
“It’s strange, I never wanted to have a baby. I never wanted to be pregnant. I never babysat. I never thought of myself as a mother,” She revealed in Associated Press through CTV News. Jolie is currently a mother of six. She was interviewed in Cambodia while she was directing her film “First They Killed My Father.”
Back in 2000 while filming “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” in Cambodia, she had an epiphany after being exposed to the nation’s tragedies.
“When I first came to Cambodia, it changed me. It changed my perspective. I realized there was so much about history that I had not been taught in school, and so much about life that I needed to understand, and I was very humbled by it,”
One of the Lara Croft scenes involve avoiding land mines and this made her realize how tragic other people’s lives are.
“That trip triggered my realization of how little I knew and the beginning of my search for that knowledge.”
After which, she made efforts to become goodwill ambassador to do humanitarian work in Cambodia. During her trips to Cambodia, she had another epiphany with regards to being a mother. While playing with kids at a Cambodian school, she felt a strong motherly connection.
“It was suddenly very clear to me that my son was in the country, somewhere.”
In 2012, the epiphany prompted her to adopt Maddox. More than that, she founded an organization tasked to do humanitarian work such as health care, education and many others. The actress mother is currently being assisted by the now 14-year old Maddox.
According to Empire, she is currently the director of the film “Fist They Killed My Father” which tells the story of the 1970 Cambodian genocide in the eyes of a child. It is based from a Khmer memoir by Loung Ung who she has co-written with for Netflix.