Angelina Jolie covers Marie Claire January 2012, the US edition. In the interview with the magazine, the beautiful actress talks about her career and her new film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey', Brad Pitt, marriage, her children, and many more. Here are some highlights from Angelina's cover story!

Angelina Jolie has a beautiful family, an Oscar and she has recently written and directed 'In the Land of Blood and Honey', a movie about war, love and betrayal. The actress and U.N.-certified activist covers Marie Claire US January 2012 and dishes on her career, her family, and many more. Her latest film reveals the horrors of the war in the former Yugoslavia through the romance between Danijel, a Serbian office, and a Muslim woman named Ajla. The film is shot in the Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language and it is subtitled in English.

"I think it is still hard to understand what happened, and how it could happen 40 minutes away from Italy in the '90s, at the time 'Schindler's List' came out," Angelina says. "You can't make sense of something that innately doesn't make sense: to rape and kill your neighbor with whom you have lived forever," she added.

Jolie told Marie Claire that writing the movie began as "an excuse to get out some of my frustrations [with] the international community and justice issues. I just assumed nobody would ever see or read it."
The 36-year-old actress then admitted that, "Some of the very darkest sections were probably conceived in Shiloh's art class; I was in the back corner, waiting for the kids to finish. And then somehow it slowly ended up being read by Brad, and then friends. There was a discussion of making it, and I just was terrified to hand it over to anybody. It wasn't that I said, 'I'm going to write something, and I want to direct it.'"

Angelina Jolie for Marie Claire US January 2012

Angelina Jolie for Marie Claire US January 2012

In the interview with Marie Claire US January 2012, Angelina Jolie also talks about her girlfriends admitting that, "Well, I have a few girlfriends. I just...I stay home a lot. I'm just not very social. I don't do a lot with them, and I'm very homebound."

Speaking about her career, Angelina confesses that she might leave acting behind. "That doesn't mean I'm stopping tomorrow. But I woke up one day realizing, God, I'm an actor. I don't think I intended to be an actor. I think my mother wanted it for me. I loved telling stories, and I enjoyed the profession, but it is too late to be something else?," the actress says.

Even though Jolie's relationship with 47-year-old Brad Pitt has been constantly commented, the actress told the magazine that Pitt "has expanded my life in ways I never imagined. We built a family. He is not just the love of my life, he is my family. I hold that very dear."
She also confesses that she is very thankful to Brad. "I suppose what I've learned from Brad is to be able to have the kind of family whose happiness and well-being comes before your own. I'm very, very grateful to have such a loving family, and I wouldn't have that without him," Angelina explains.

Brad and Angelina have six children, three of them adopted from orphanages around the world and three biological ones. "If they see Mommy and Daddy in need of some private time 'cause they're going to kiss and whatever, the kids get all giggly and happy. Because it gives them some security," Jolie says.
What about having another baby? "Nothing planned at the moment, but we just don't know. I could end up pregnant," Angelina says.

On whether the kids want to see their parents married, Jolie admits that, "They have mentioned it, yes. If you take it in an emotional way, you think, Ohhh, the children! They don't feel secure enough! But then you think, Now, wait a minute: They think a wedding is a party with a four-layer tiered cake!"

Read Angelina Jolie's full interview in the January 2012 issue of Marie Claire US.

Angelina Jolie for Marie Claire US January 2012

Angelina Jolie for Marie Claire US January 2012

Angelina Jolie for Marie Claire US January 2012

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