Jolie continued to acknowledge that while she recognises her privilege throughout the COVID-10 pandemic, her family has also faced its own hurdles, saying:
“There are also these other markers of life: Pax going into his senior year, but not being able to enjoy all that it is to be a senior; Zahara finally getting her driving licence, but she’s taking the test with the driver wrapped in the full outfit with the masks. It’s not how you imagine these moments. But birthdays go on, and I think that for many people, it’s made us all feel very human together. There’s something beautiful about that.”
And while the world looks up to Jolie for her compassion and motherly prowess, the 45-year-old actress doesn't see herself in the same light, particularly when it comes to being a stay-at-home mother.
“I feel like I’m lacking in all the skills to be a traditional stay-at-home mom. I’m managing through it because the children are quite resilient, and they’re helping me, but I’m not good at it at all.” The actress added, “Well, I love them. I feel like we’re such a team. It may sound clichéd, but you love and you try, and even if you burn the eggs, that doesn’t matter in the end. But also, you’ve met our kids. They’re pretty capable.”
When it came to any mention of Pitt himself, Jolie kept it short and sweet. While detailing how it felt to move into the home of Cecil B. DeMille, she revealed that her choice in real estate was to mend the relationship between her children and their father, saying:
“I wanted it to be close to their dad, who is only five minutes away. I felt a little pressure moving in. Like I had snuck into where DeMille and Chaplin would hang out. I love most that there is no entertainment room, but lots of pathways and places to walk and think. I feel very fortunate we have that at this time.”
However, when asked if she was at a happy place herself, Jolie was truly candid about how she is still healing as she settles into life post-split.
"The past few years have been pretty hard," she said. "I’ve been focusing on healing our family. It’s slowly coming back, like the ice melting and the blood returning to my body. But I’m not there. I’m not there yet. But I hope to be. I’m planning on it."
Having filed for a divorce from Brad Pitt in 2016, the pair continue to battle a bifurcated judgement, with the details of their divorce, including distribution of finances and child custody, still to be determined.