Angelina Jolie Says Her 6 Kids Are Learning 7 Different Languages
Angelina Jolie has one savvy brood on her hands. While serving as guest editor on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour show Friday, the Oscar winner revealed that her and Brad Pitt's six children are studying several different foreign languages.
"I asked them what languages they wanted to learn and [Shiloh]'s learning Khmer, which is the Cambodian language, Pax is focusing on Vietnamese, Mad has taken to German and Russian, [Zahara]'s speaking French, Vivienne really wanted to learn Arabic and Knox is learning sign language," Jolie said. That's a total of seven foreign languages!
Adding that she loves watching them develop their own interests, Jolie said, "I suppose that just means you don't know who your children are until they show you who they are and they are just becoming whoever they want to be."
While Jolie and Pitt are parents to Maddox, 14, Pax, 12, Zahara, 11, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox, 7, none of their children have a desire to be actors like them. "They actually are very interested in being musicians," Jolie continued.
"They are actually very interested in being musicians. I think they like the process of film from the outside. Mad is interested in editing. Pax loves music and deejaying".
The Maleficent star appeared on the show to discuss her experiences as a Special Envoy for the United Nations. While there, she not only talked about celebrating World Refugee Day at home, but also about how her decision to give birth to Shiloh in Africa gave her a closer look into the healthcare problems women face around the world.
"I went to a hospital in Namibia, where I was having my daughter, and I was in breech. I needed a C-section, and I knew I was in breech because I had had the money to have an ultrasound," she said. "But I found even the local hospital with many, many women—and this was a good hospital—did not have an ultrasound machine."
"So the amount of women that didn't know they were in breech, the amount of babies and complications when they got into labor, with one simple machine," she said. "But I know there are many extraordinary people who are working on this and women's health around the world, and many groups dedicated solely to that, and their work is so needed and these solutions can come."