Angelina and Pitt's family trip to Cambodia
celebspin.com Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt with children Maddox, 5, Shiloh, 7 months, and Zahara, who turns 2 on Jan. 8 gather in Cambodia together in November. Having three children and watching them influence each other is so beautiful to me, Jolie said. I'm just so blessed that's my family. As a mom, I just want more kids I'm having a great time.
The camera already loves Baby Shiloh as do her siblings. Maddox and Z will fight over toys, but they're friends and they love each other, and they love Shi (pronounced 'shy'), says Jolie. Somebody said to us recently that they were happy kids and we talked about how much that meant to us to hear. And they're good kids.
It was incredibly moving to visit my son's country, Pitt says about traveling with Maddox to his native homeland. Of her children's personalities, Jolie says: Mad is lovely and very smart and funny, but he's got a certain sense of calm. He's a thinker. Zahara is possibly the funniest person I've ever met in my life so dramatic and creative and loud and charming.
Jolie (sharing a light moment with a local child) established the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Project, which pushes for conservation and economic development in Cambodia and is named after her son. Maddox feels that his family is very excited about his country, so through us he has a natural pride, the actress says. One of Jolie and Pitt's plans for 2007: to create an Ethiopia-based charity for Zahara.
Pitt embraces the kids at the Maddox Chivan Children's Center, which cares for kids affected by tuberculosis and AIDS. They are really serving as role models, Anne Goldfeld, co-creator of the Cambodian Health Committee (which runs the center), says about the couple. They arrived and just couldn't hold enough kids. They were very natural, very real, very respectful and very interested.
Sometimes he'll even show me things as if I've never been there, says Jolie about Maddox (greeting a Maddox Jolie-Pitt Project ranger). He knows I'm happy to hear about it. He'll explain to me, Oh, yes, Cambodian mothers always feed their kids this.' And I'll say, Really? That's fascinating. I didn't know that.'
Jolie shows her son a sign in Cambodia warning of land mines. Mad is just starting to learn a little Khmer (Cambodia's native tongue), she explains. This is the first time Maddox has really understood that this is his country. He recognizes himself in the people, which is a wonderful thing to see.