"We don't take war and violence lightly, but we don't hide it," says Jolie

By People Staff
Updated November 04, 2008 02:25 PM

Angelina Jolie loves shooting things up onscreen, but she wants to make sure her kids understand the difference between make-believe and reality.

“We don’t take war and violence lightly, but we don’t hide it from anybody,” the actress tells British Harper’s Bazaar for its December issue. “Listen, my kids play video games. I let them play with toy soldiers.”

Jolie, 33, says she believes in an honest approach with her children and wants them to be aware that violence exists. She also wants them to differentiate between the gun-wielding characters she plays in movies and real-life violent acts.

“We say, ‘Mommy and Daddy have movies where we play these characters, but there’s real death and real violence in the world,'” says Jolie, who has six kids with Brad Pitt. “There’s a real responsibility there to create in their minds the difference between the two.”

Positive Reel Roles

Jolie, who currently stars in Changeling, says she also tries to find parts with positive role models for her three daughters – Zahara, 3, Shiloh, 2, and Vivienne, 3 months. “I tell stories that are about the type of woman where I think there’s something about her that will be fun for my daughters to see.”

And what does the actress, human rights activist and mom see when she looks in the mirror today? “I am still, at heart – and always will be – just a punk kid with tattoos.”