Jolie, 45, opened up about being some with her six children, Maddox, 19, Pax, 16, and Knox, 12, and daughters Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and Vivienne, 12 during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, revealing to the outlet how she enjoys the “chaos” of the quality time.
“You know, I’ve never been one who valued relaxation. I like chaos,” she joked. “… I’ve been on high-level meetings where there’s dogs and balls and kids and things. You kind of just enjoy being human with everybody else and laughing through it.”
Jolie revealed how in order to create a “bit of structure,” she creates schedules to keep everyone on track, but admits that one of her teens is more organized than her. “My daughter Zahara is better at organizing things than I am,” she revealed.
And when it comes to movie nights, Jolie says they love to gather around at-home viewing.
“Well, we’re all there. So all six kids, my oldest son’s home from Korea — lots of popcorn and just like really every family, we’re just pajamas, robes, snacks,” said Jolie.
Jolie told Extra how her children have been very supportive and helpful around the house amid the pandemic.
“They’re all together and it’s a nice big bunch, so everybody’s helping each other out,” she said. “We’re lucky.”
Jolie also revealed how her oldest son, Maddox — who returned to the United States from his studies at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, earlier this year after his semester was canceled due to the pandemic — has been taking online classes.
“He had to stay back from Korea,” she said. “He’s going online, and so I think he starts at 6 p.m. at night.”
Along with spending time with her family during the pandemic, Jolie has consistently stated active with multiple humanitarian causes — particularly with helping children who are left vulnerable the side-effects of the pandemic by donating money to help with food insecurity.
“Isolating a victim from family and friends is a well-known tactic of control by abusers, meaning that the social distancing that is necessary to stop COVID-19 is one that will inadvertently fuel a direct rise in trauma and suffering for vulnerable children,” she wrote in an op-ed for Time in April, urging people to “make a point of calling family or friends, particularly where we might have concerns that someone is vulnerable.”
“It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child,” she wrote. “It will take an effort by the whole of our country to give children the protection and care they deserve.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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