Angelina Jolie has always been a star who is interested in talking about serious issues. On Thursday, the 44-year-old actress and director participated in the first-ever Time 100 Talks, in conversation with the magazine’s editor-in-chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal.
During their conversation, Angelina talked about how the global situation is impacting children. She also revealed that she’s at home with all of her own six kids.
Angelina and ex-husband Brad Pitt share custody of their six children. The kids are growing up fast. Maddox is 18 years old and back home after a semester at Yonsei University in South Korea. Pax is 16 years old, Zahara is 15, Shiloh is 13, and twins Knox and Vivienne are 11. While stay-at-home orders are in place around the globe, the six kids are all staying with Angelina.
“We’re all locked in, we’re doing all right,” Angelina said with a smile after being asked about her family. She is concerned about how prolonged time at home will impact other children across the globe.
“Well, the two things that affect children from my view the most being out of school is of course, education, and the challenges of education — I know parents across the country are challenged with homeschool, and maybe that’s more a challenge for the parents than the children,” Angelina joked. “But it’s the food insecurity that affects 11 million children, severe food insecurity … and it’s domestic violence and abuse.”
For kids dealing with those tough situations at home, school is sometimes their only reprieve, she noted. “And we know domestic violence is on the rise across the world because we’re hearing horrible reports,” she said. “So within the home can be the most dangerous in the world for many people.”
“We should never have children around the world that vulnerable,” she added. “We should never be in that state. … This is a time for outrage. For grand change across the world.”
Despite her vast concerns, Angelina has a message of positivity to share. “I believe in humanity,” she said. “I have hope. I think we really can’t afford not to have hope. As long as people are aware of how to help and what to do, they will.”