Hedi Slimane for ELLE
Ten years and six children have only made Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt closer.
In Elle's June issue, the Maleficent star explains why she and Pitt are "more interested in each other" than ever. "You get together and you're two individuals and you feel inspired by each other, you challenge each other, you complement each other, drive each other beautifully crazy," Jolie says of her fiancé, whom she met on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. "After all these years, we have history, and when you have history with somebody, you're friends in such a very real, deep way that there's such a comfort, and an ease, and a deep love that comes from having been through quite a lot together."
Long before Pitt entered the picture, Jolie envisioned a very different life for herself. "I never thought I'd have children, I never thought I'd be in love, I never thought I'd meet the right person," the Unbroken director says. "Having come from a broken home—you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale, and you just don't look for them." (Her parents, Jon Voight and the late Marcheline Bertrand, separated in 1976 and divorced in 1980; Jolie and her dad were estranged for many years.)
Hedi Slimane for ELLE
Jolie says her tumultuous twenties—during which time she was married to actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thonrton—were "misinterpreted as [me] wanting to be rebellious. And in fact it wasn't a need to be destructive or rebellious—it's that need to find a full voice, to push open the walls around you. You want to be free," she explains. "And as you start to feel that you are being corralled into a certain life, you kind of push against it. It may come out very strange, it may be interpreted wrong, but you're trying to find out who you are."
She feared "a life half-lived" and sought to prevent that. "I realized that very young—that a life where you don't live to your full potential, or you don't experiment, or you're afraid, or you hesitate, or there are things you know you should do but you just don't get around to them, is a life that I'd be miserable living, and the only way to feel that I'm on the right path is just to be true to myself, whatever that may be, and that tends to come with stepping out of something that's maybe safe or traditional."