Angelina Jolie's mothering quality transfers to director's chair

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 March 2014
Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie - who raises six children with fiancé Brad Pitt - says her "nurturing, mothering quality" transfer into being a directer

Angelina Jolie says her skills as a mother transfer into being a directer.

The 38-year-old star - who raises Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, seven, and twins Vivienne and Knox, five with fiancé Brad Pitt - and insists her "nurturing, mothering quality" is instinctively transferred to the cast when she's helming a project.

She told HELLO! magazine: "People are always asking you for something, so the multi-tasking of motherhood transfers very well into being a director. I get nervous though. I see my actors getting dressed up for a premiere and think, 'Did she get the right earrings?' and 'Did he eat anything before he went to the interview?' I feel this strange nurturing, mothering quality for everybody."

Jolie's latest directorial effort, 'Unbroken', tells the true story of American Olympic runner Zamperini, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese army during World War II.

The movie stars 'Skins' actor Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund and 'About Time' star Domhnall Gleeson.

Meanwhile, Jolie's children can't wait to see her star in 'Maleficent', where she appears as the titular wicked witch.

She added: "They can't wait. Vivienne loved being on the set. At least she wasn't scared of me, unlike some of the other young children. My outfit was pretty scary but Viv and Knox were thrilled to be with mummy, despite the horns, claws and make-up."


  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 2h 17min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Angelina Jolie
  • Written by: Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay) , Richard LaGravenese (screenplay), William Nicholson (screenplay), Laura Hillenbrand (book)
  • Cast: Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson
  • UK release: 26 December 2014

Staggering true story of Louis Zamperini (O'Connell), an Olympic runner who in WW II became a USAAF bombardier who was shot down, survived in a raft for days and ended up in a Japanese POW camp. Jolie's directorial skills are much improved, but there's just too much story going for any character development.

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