June 05, 2007 02:25 PM

Angelina Jolie says she’s mystified by Brad Pitt‘s power to get her to come out of her shell – but being naked helps.

“I don’t know how he does it, but … I talk a lot in the bath,” the actress and UN goodwill ambassador, 32, tells Marie Claire magazine for its July issue. “It’s easier to talk when you’re naked … Get naked with me, and I’ll talk!”

Jolie, who had been a single mother to her son Maddox, 5, before meeting Pitt, also says she’s so grateful for the actor’s presence in the lives of her kids.

“I’m so happy for my children – especially Mad,” Jolie tells the magazine, which hits newsstands June 12. “I didn’t know if he was ever going to have a dad. So when I watch them having real strong father-son time, or even when Mad tells me, ‘This is a boy thing, Mom’ – it’s just really beautiful to see.”

In addition to Maddox, Jolie and Pitt are parents to Zahara, 2, and Shiloh, 1, and Pax Thien, 3, who was legally given the last name Jolie-Pitt last week.

As for her own relationship with Pitt, Jolie says that their connection has grown over time – despite many changes in their family life.

“I think we both went on a lot of faith – we really did,” she says. “Our family has grown very quickly, and we have a lot of responsibility together, and we acknowledge that we are lucky we turned out be for each other everything we’d hoped. We could have been very wrong, but every challenge we hit has brought us closer. It has been that kind of relationship.”

Jolie, who recently said she plans to take a year off work, also tells the magazine that her career helps her in her personal life as well.

“My work has always been a great way for me to deal with things in my life,” she says – especially when it came to her new movie A Mighty Heart, in which she plays the real-life Mariane Pearl, widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

“Focusing on that story on a daily basis, you certainly don’t worry about your life,” she says in excerpts provided by the magazine. “I mean, there isn’t a better film to make you hyperaware that you should complain about nothing.”

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