Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were once one of the most famous celebrity couples in Hollywood. Pitt and Jolie married in August 2014, but sadly the movie stars separated two years later for “the health of the family.” Together, the couple has 6 children, three biological kids, and three of whom were adopted.

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Jolie and Pitt try to keep the children out of the public eye as much as possible. This may be for good reason; the Maleficent actress, age 44, told Entertainment Weekly in October that sometimes, people’s comments about her children make her want to “get up and fight.”

For Angelina Jolie, movies like ‘Maleficent’ help children and their parents find a way to relate

Disney’s Maleficent sequel debuted on Oct. 18 this year; the 2014 original made $750 million. In Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, Jolie’s title character, and Aurora, played by Elle Fanning, fight new enemies. One of these foes is Aurora’s future mother-in-law, played by Michelle Pfeiffer.

Jolie said in her EW interview that this sequel, in comparison to its predecessor, is really “going to define what Maleficent is.” But equally important is Aurora’s story–and how the two work together as parent and child.

“Even if you’re Maleficent, it’s really hard to have a teenager, and be a parent, and embrace new things as they come into your life,” Jolie said. Even though the film is a fantasy story, she thinks that all parents can relate to the sorceress’s struggle. But it also reflects what Jolie sees in society.

“I think it speaks about the dangers of being afraid of someone who’s different and feeling you have to fight them instead of embracing difference,” Jolie said. She got even more serious when she brought up the conflict that this intolerance breeds.

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Angelina Jolie attends the BAFTAs | Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage

“There are wars because there are fears of differences, and desires to destroy or separate people because they’re different,” she said.

Jolie, age 44, says the ‘Maleficent’ sequel relates to her experience with her kids

“Nobody expected” a sequel, Jolie told EW. However, it was hard for the cast and crew not to ponder the what-ifs.

“There were jokes like ‘What’s it like to grow up with a mom like Maleficent?’” the Changeling actress said. Or, “‘Wait till Aurora hits the teenage years.’”

However, turning up the teen drama means introducing the fictional world to something new.

“We’ve become a family, but the rest of the world wasn’t ready for that,” Jolie explained. That concept is all too relatable for the Lara Croft: Tomb Raider star.

Angelina Jolie hates that she still gets this comment as an adoptive mother in 2019

Jolie found some of the themes in the Maleficent sequel hit a bit too close to home.

“My children are from different parts of the world,” she said of her family, who is half adopted, half biological. “This is sensitive to me when someone says, ‘Because you’re not alike, you can’t be their mother.’” There’s really nothing else in the world that works up Jolie like this type of comment.

Angelina Jolie and her children
Angelina Jolie with children Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt and Maddox Chivan Jolie-Pitt | Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Netflix

“If I needed something to make me get up and fight, it would be that moment,” she told EW.

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil was number two spot on Entertainment Weekly’s November “Must List.”

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