Angelina Jolie opened up about her kids in a new candid interview with Time magazine. She shared how her kids are just like any other teenager when it comes to their phones.
The actress took up to be the interviewer recently with Gitanjali Rao. Gitanjali is a young scientist and inventor who was named Time magazine’s first-ever kid of the year. The actress talked to the teenager for the inaugural edition about her projects which also includes one that helps prevent cyberbullying.
An app called Kindly will be able to detect cyberbullying at an early stage. This can be done with the help of artificial intelligence technology. Angelina appreciated the innovative idea but noted that it would be her kids’ decision whether to download it or not.
“My kids would be like, “Don’t touch my phone, I’ll do it myself,” she joked. The actress shares her six kids with her ex-husband, Brad Pitt. The former couple went their separate ways in September 2016 and are battling in court over the custody of their children. Their eldest son, Maddox, Pac, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne.
Gitanjali told Angelina that her kids are likely not to object to download the app as it is not designed to control them. She explained how the goal is not to punish and shared how as a teenager she knows teenagers can lash out sometimes. She said, “Instead, it gives you the chance to rethink what you’re saying so that you know what to do next time around.”
The New-Age Scientist
The actress seemed pretty impressed with Gitanjali and her accomplishments. She expressed how exciting it is to have such a forward-thinking young and female inventor. The actress noted how she thinks women are brilliant but still under-represented in science and tech fields.
Gitanjali agreed and said, “My goal has really shifted not only from creating my own devices to solve the world’s problems, but inspiring others to do the same as well. Because, from personal experience, it’s not easy when you don’t see anyone else like you.”
The teenager said how the generation is facing many problems which have never been seen before. However, she shared at the same time they are facing old problems that still exist.
The young change-maker added, “Like, we’re sitting here in the middle of a new global pandemic, and we’re also like still facing human-rights issues. There are problems that we did not create but that we now have to solve, like climate change and cyberbullying with the introduction of technology.”
The young inventor’s latest Time award is just another addition to her many awards. She was recently named America’s top young scientist for inventing a low-cost test to detect lead contamination in water.
Angelina’s Initiative During Lockdown
Meanwhile, during the lockdown, Angelina has made her children her prime focus. She also shared an update on the family pets. She reveals that tragedy struck on a bunny, her youngest daughter’s pet.
“During the lockdown, Vivienne’s bunny passed away during surgery, and we adopted two sweet little ones who are disabled. They need to be in pairs. They are so gentle and it has helped to focus on their care with her at this time. And on the dogs, and snake and lizard…”
Angelina has donated $200,000 to the NAACP legal defense fund while making her children her focus. In the wake of George Floyd’s death, she has taken interest in the fight of racism in the US.
“‘Having six children, I am reminded daily of what is most important,” she says. “But after almost two decades of international work, this pandemic and this moment in America has made me rethink the needs and suffering within my own country.”
Angelina notes that there are more than 70 million people who have had to “flee their homes worldwide because of war and persecution. And there is racism and discrimination in America”.
The actress and activist want changes in the policies. And the legal system that only offers protection and rights to people of a certain race. She uses her daughter, Ethiopia, as an example.
“A system that protects me but might not protect my daughter – or any other man, woman or child in our country based on skin color – is intolerable,” she said. “We need to progress beyond sympathy and good intentions to laws and policies that actually address structural racism and impunity.”
‘It Is Time To Make Changes In Our Laws And Our Institutions’
While adamantly fighting against racism, she has praised people who are protesting for the same; people who have risen up and fought for change in the wake of the pandemic and the protests.
“It feels like the world is waking up, and people are forcing a deeper reckoning within their societies,” said the former model. She shared how it is time to make changes in our laws and our institutions. And she suggested listening to those who have been most affected and whose voices have been excluded.
Jolie is not the one to complain about boredom during the lockdown. Rather she looks outside her home and what is happening around the world. “I’m deeply worried about the impact of the pandemic and the global economic crisis on refugees,” said the humanitarian.
“They are people who have been driven from their homes and countries by bombs, rape and violent persecution in all its forms, long before this virus.
They live with xenophobia and racism and prejudice every single day and are some of the most vulnerable people in the world when it comes to the economic consequences of the pandemic.” And she worries about the abuses within the home.