Angelina Jolie thinks it’s important for children to have their childhood for as long as possible.
The Academy Award winner believes stories like Maleficent, of which she plays the titular character in the latest Disney film, teach children morals. And as a mother-of-six, Angelina believes these fairytales also help children embrace a little magic before they get too old to believe in it.
“There are morals in these stories and you want a little magic – it’s important to have something that we’re a little bit in awe of,” she told British magazine Psychologies. “Kids grow up fast enough these days, so let’s allow them to have a little bit of childhood for as long as they can.”
The 39-year-old has six children with partner Brad Pitt, including adopted offspring Maddox, 12, from Cambodia, Pax, ten, from Vietnam, Zahara, nine, from Ethiopia and three biological children, Shiloh, seven, and twins Knox and Vivienne, five. The actress recalled a recent situation in their household which highlighted her point perfectly.
“The other day, one of the kids lost a tooth and I talked about the tooth fairy. Half of them are old enough to think: ‘What are you talking about,’ yet they’re still not sure there isn’t something,” she explained. “And I’m not lying to them. I say, ‘I really can’t tell you. I don’t really know. Mothers are sworn to secrecy.’”
Angelina added that she loved fairytales herself when she was growing up. And Maleficent happened to be the character that she was most intrigued by, so when she got the chance to play the role, she felt a little overwhelmed.
“I got really emotional because the script is very powerful,” she said. “The kids loved it.”
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