Today, when Jolie talks about the twins and their siblings, she does so freely and openly; her stories are a lot like any young mother’s, despite that each one could potentially launch an Associated Press news bulletin. (If you must know: Zahara and Pax like to slow dance together, imitating Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty; newborn Vivienne is “sturdier” and “more demanding” than her brother Knox, who is “very chill” and “loves music,” taking after his father.) But for insights into life chez Jolie-Pitt, the photographs accompanying this story are perhaps more revealing than anything Jolie might discuss in an interview.
Jolie says she prefers to let the photo series speak for itself, though it’s clear she’s an avid enabler of Pitt’s burgeoning photography habit. (For Christmas she surprised him with a Littman 45 Single camera.) “I love his photography,” she says. “Some people have a hobby, and they find the quickest way to it and are very pleased with the outcome right away. But he’s someone who will really study the camera—he’ll get the most complicated one and really understand the science behind it. And he’s very critical of his own work. I’ll see a photograph and think it’s amazing, but he’ll see all the different reasons why it can be better, and he’ll work very, very hard to improve it.”
Pitt took these pictures a few weeks after the twins were born. Many new mothers might have hesitated to model, half dressed, for a 30-some-page magazine portfolio, but not Jolie, who doesn’t find that pregnancy has made her body any less attractive. “I’m with a man who’s evolved enough to look at my body and see it as more beautiful, because of the journey it has taken and what it has created,” she says. “He genuinely sees it that way. So I genuinely feel even sexier.”
During the next few months, Jolie plans to ease herself back into the workforce. In Edwin A. Salt (which will likely be retitled), she will play a CIA officer accused of being a double agent. Meanwhile, one pet project, the long-delayed screen adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, is coming closer to fruition: Jolie says a script is ready and discussions are in progress with various directors, including Eastwood. On the humanitarian front, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation is now building a children’s tuberculosis/AIDS clinic in Addis Ababa, similar to one it already established in Cambodia; Jolie is also eager to return to the Burmese border, where she last traveled in 2004 to visit with refugees. And this fall, when the family relocates to Germany, Jolie will bring her plane so she can start flying again.