Angelina: Kids connect me to my mum
Angelina Jolie has spoken about how her children help her feel connected to her late mother.
The 39-year-old actress and mother-of-six lost her mother, French actress Marcheline Bertrand, to cancer in 2007. But she revealed in a new interview with French Marie Claire magazine how motherhood has helped her through the grieving process.
Asked whether she believes in life after death, Angelina said, "I'm not certain... I feel in contact with my mother when I look at my children. I can feel her influence over me then. I see that my way of raising them resembles the way she raised my brother and I. It's more apparent with my daughters Shiloh and Vivienne. Therefore, yes, my mother is there, present in this influence, all the time."
Angelina also revealed how her mother - who died from ovarian cancer aged 56 - had influenced her own efforts to undertake humanitarian work.
Angelina said her mum "was very soft but could move mountains for her kids. That's something I always admire in women: that mix of softness and strength. She was half Indian, and I remember that as a small girl, she took me to a dinner for Amnesty International.
"She always tried to understand the complexity of the world. She had a great heart which was sensitive to the world's violence."
The actress and director revealed how the home she shares with husband Brad Pitt in the south of France, Chateau Miraval, is "perfectly situated" for her work.
"I'm not very good at relaxing," she said. "I can't stay put. I read, write, negotiate films, I carry my office around with me."
She points out Miraval "is close to European cities, but also to Africa and the Middle East. To all the theatres of operations where my United Nations work obliges me to go. LA is clearly too far from all that."