Both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt boast a collection of tattoos, but the director of upcoming WWII film Unbroken has revealed her new husband is against their kids sharing their love of body art.
Of the couple’s children – Vivienne and Knox, both six, Shiloh, eight, and their adopted siblings Zahara, nine, Pax, 11, and Maddox, 13 – the actress has already turned down her eldest’s request, but now Zahara is getting inquisitive, a prospect that is horrifying her father.
“They’re already asking me about tattoos,” Jolie tells Radio Times. “How do I say ‘No’? It’s especially hard for dads and girls. For some reason men get a little more sensitive when the daughter gets a tattoo. And Brad thinks the girls can do no wrong. He’s mush in their hands!”
The couple also have strong opinions on whether or not their brood will follow their famous parents into the acting profession. “We’ve always said, if they want to act, we won’t let them only act, because it’s not enough. They’ll have to find a real job at the same time. But I’m hoping that when they see all the other things in the world, they’ll be inspired to be writers, politicians, activists.
“They’re very individual people. So I imagine they’re not going to follow their mum and dad.”
Jolie and Pitt’s next project is By the Sea, a film penned and directed by the actress who will star opposite her real-life husband. It will mark the first time the pair have acted on screen together since 2005’s Mr and Mrs Smith, when, as Pitt’s marriage to Jennifer Aniston fell apart, they fell in love.
“It feels a little daunting,” says Jolie. “We haven’t worked together for ten years. But all of the reasons why people say we should be scared of it, we feel that’s exactly why we have to do this – because we can. So we’re going to go boldly.”
Is Jolie anxious about the prospect of being Pitt’s boss on set? “He’s a pretty strong actor! It’s going to be interesting. He’s a really great artist, such an interesting artist, and of course he’s the man I love, so I think we’re going to have a great time.”
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