A round of appreciative applause for Vogue, which has gifted us something wonderful for its November issue: the entire Jolie-Pitt clan. That’s right, we get to see Brad, Angelina, and their six beautiful kids — Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Vivienne, and Knox — being downright adorable all over the pages of this latest issue. But it’s not only the images to speak that speak to us; the piece delves into Angelina’s super busy life as a mother, actress, and philanthropist.

In the profile, Angelina opens up about the highly personal project she’s been working on with Brad: By The Sea, her upcoming movie which she wrote and directed. The two also play a married couple in the film, which can make for some confusing situations indeed, she explained. “The director was very focused. The actress was unstable. And the writer was deeply confused,” she said, laughing.

Though it’s not an autobiographical tale, By The Sea is still incredibly close to her heart, she explained. “This is the only film I’ve done that is completely based on my own crazy mind,” she told Vogue. “[For years, Brad and I called the script] ‘the crazy one.’ We even called it ‘the worst idea.’ As artists we wanted something that took us out of our comfort zones. Just being raw actors. It’s not the safest idea. But life is short.”

It’s clear that “life is short” is this couple’s mantra. After all, they’ve traveled all over with their brood of kids, homeschooling them with teachers from all different backgrounds in various languages. “We travel often to Asia, Africa, Europe, where they were born,” says Angelina. “The boys know they’re from Southeast Asia, and they have their food and their music and their friends, and they have a pride particular to them. But I want them to be just as interested in the history of their sisters’ countries and Mommy’s country so we don’t start dividing. Instead of taking Z on a special trip [to Ethiopia], we all go to Africa and we have a great time.”

In the midst of editing the film, Angelina had a health scare which prompted her to have her Fallopian tubes and ovaries surgically removed. She made the process public by penning a beautiful op-ed in the New York Times shortly after.

“[Going public] really connected me to other women,” she told Vogue. “I wish my mom had been able to make those choices. . . [It was] brutal. It’s hard. They are not easy surgeries. The ovaries are an easy surgery, but the hormone changes. . . interesting. We did joke that I had my Monday edit. Tuesday surgery. Wednesday go into menopause. Thursday come back to edit, a little funky with my steps.”

Angelina also explained why hitting 50 will be a much sweeter moment than it is for many women. “I feel grounded as a woman,” she says of going through menopause. “I know others do too. Both of the women in my family, my mother and my grandmother, started dying in their 40s. I’m 40. I can’t wait to hit 50 and know I made it.”

As always, we so deeply respect Angelina for her openness and her dedication to revealing the raw, real truth for women everywhere — and the images, as well as the familial love within them, speak volumes.

You can read the entire profile here.

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