Angelina Jolie reveals she initially did not want to be a mom

18 February 2016 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Angelina Jolie has revealed that she initially did not want to be a mother but that all changed when she was playing with children at a Cambodian school.

The actress, who is busy filming for her upcoming movie entitled “First They Killed my Father” in Cambodia, shared in a recent interview, "It's strange, I never wanted to have a baby. I never wanted to be pregnant. I never babysat. I never thought of myself as a mother.”

The mother of six then revealed that when she was playing with children at a Cambodian school during an early trip as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, everything changed. She said, "It was suddenly very clear to me that my son was in the country, somewhere." That was when she adopted Maddox, now 14, back in 2002. A year later, she also opened up a foundation under her son’s name in the Battambang province of the country. That foundation helps in the funding of health care, education and conservation projects.

She pointed out that Cambodians were very gracious and warm during her visit while filming “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.” She added, "When I first came to Cambodia, it changed me. It changed my perspective. I realized there was so much about history that I had not been taught in school, and so much about life that I needed to understand, and I was very humbled by it."

Aside from not wanting to have children initially, Jolie also said in a June 2014 interview that she never thought she will fall in love with the right person. She pointed out that coming from a broken family has influenced her thinking.

More on her children, namely Maddox, Pax , Zahara , Shiloh, Vivienne and Knox, Jolie said in a recent interview that she and husband Brad Pitt are not encouraging their children to be actors. She added, “We've always said if they're going to be actors I hope they do something [else first] and then be actors.”