Like most Americans, Angelina Jolie has been self-isolating at home with her family amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Now in a rare interview, the mother of six has opened up about how she and her children have been coping while in quarantine.
"Like most parents, I focus on staying calm so my children don’t feel anxiety from me on top of all they are worrying about,” Jolie told Harper’s Bazaar UK. “I put all my energy into them.”
The Oscar winner shares six children with ex-husband Brad Pitt: Maddox, 18, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 14, and 11-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.
The 45-year-old disclosed how animals have been crucial to the family's well-being during this time.
“During the lockdown, Vivienne’s bunny passed away during a surgery, and we adopted two sweet little ones who are disabled. They need to be in pairs,” Jolie added. "They are so gentle and it has helped to focus on their care with her at this time. And on the dogs, and snake and lizard…”
In addition to the pandemic, the “Girl, Interrupted” actress has also been focusing on the racial injustices plaguing the country and recently made a $200K donation to the NAACP.
“Having six children, I am reminded daily of what is most important. But after almost two decades of international work, this pandemic and this moment in America has made me rethink the needs and suffering within my own country,” Jolie said.
She also addressed her frustration with racism around the world and how it could affect members of her own family, like her daughter Zahara who was adopted from Ethiopia.
“There are more than 70 million people who have had to flee their homes worldwide because of war and persecution—and there is racism and discrimination in America,” Jolie continued. “A system that protects me but might not protect my daughter or any other man, woman or child in our country based on skin color—is intolerable. “
“We need to progress beyond sympathy and good intentions to laws and policies that actually address structural racism and impunity. Ending abuses in policing is just the start. It goes far beyond that, to all aspects of society, from our education system to our politics,” Jolie said.
Without specifically naming the protests that have ignited around the world in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, Jolie expressed hope that people are coming together to enact real change.
“It feels like the world is waking up, and people are forcing a deeper reckoning within their societies,” Jolie noted. “It is time to make changes in our laws and our institutions – listening to those who have been most affected and whose voices have been excluded.”