Angelina Jolie Opens Up: ‘I Can Take Things Too Seriously’

While wild rumors are flying about the internet over the relationship between Angelina Jolie and husband Brad Pitt, the actress and director reveals that life is far less dramatic than the gossip.

In fact, Ms. Jolie admits that much of what does go on in her private life with her family is her own fault for taking life too seriously. Angelina says she’s trying to keep things in focus, reminding herself to stop and laugh from time to time, but, between her hectic lifestyle of acting and social activism and nurturing her own children, Jolie says life can sometimes get away from her.

Angelina Jolie Admits She Learned Important Lessons From Her Kung Fu Panda 3 Co-Star

If there’s any one word that comes to mind, when the name Angelina Jolie is brought up in conversation, that word would have to be control. As Sunday Express reveals in a new interview with Jolie, the actress and aspiring director makes great efforts to keep everything under her control, and even Angelina herself admits she could stand to loosen things up from time to time. While she can’t be faulted for striving to maintain control, particularly where raising her children are concerned, Mrs. Jolie admits her sense of humor has sometimes taken a backseat.

“I think I can take things too seriously. I can want to be in battle all the time and take things very seriously and forget to have a laugh,” says Angelina.

Jolie says she began to realize just how serious she was becoming, when she reunited with her former co-stars for the latest Kung Fu Panda sequel, an animated film which Jolie credits for creating a fun story that delivers characters that audiences genuinely care about. Angelina says teaming up with Jack Black once more forced her to face the fact that she had almost lost her sense of humor, but adds that the wildly funny actor’s own sense of humor was contagious.

“I’m not funny, but I play around a little bit. With Jack you get into it and learn how to do it a little bit. It’s nice to be with somebody that’s so full of life and humor and music.”

Angelina Jolie admits that there is one thing about working on animated films that she does really appreciate and that is the much more relaxed dress code.

“And you can come to work in your pajamas – just throw yourself together, it’s fine, nobody cares.”

In Spite Of The Rumors, Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Enjoy Family Time For The 4th Of July

Possibly the reason rumors persist that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are experiencing trouble stems from the fact that they are each so busy with their individual film projects and charity events. While that is a sad fact of their lives, Daily Mail reports that the couple did make the time to ensure the entire family had a happy and memorable Independence Day weekend. Angelina and Brad were joined by 10-year-old Shiloh and 7-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, as they made their way to the grocery store to pick up a bounty of supplies for the 4th of July holiday.

While Brad and Angelina have been apart for sometime, pursuing their own films, as well as philanthropy and political interests, the whole family seemed happy to be together. The children were eager to help their parents with the groceries and supplies, even as paparazzi snapped photos of the family outing.

Reports of trouble between Jolie and Pitt flourished again over the conflict created by the couple’s inability to agree on the fate of their Chateau Miraval property in France, which Brad is eager to renovate. A vineyard is located on the property, which produces their own brand of wine, so that may be another reason Pitt is reluctant to sell.

Meanwhile, Angelina wants to be rid of the property, because it would free her up to pursue a political career in the U.K. Angelina already holds a position as an instructor at the London School of Economics and has expressed interest in pursuing a political career, though she would most certainly have to maintain a residence there to be able to run for office.

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