March 19, 2013 01:00 PM

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Angela Bassett is cool, calm and collected when the President is taken hostage in her new film, Olympus Has Fallen.

That may be because the actress has had plenty of experience: Back at her home base, the war rages on — between her 7-year-old twins Slater and Bronwyn!

“Oh gosh, they fight. They ask me constantly, ‘Mommy, are you happy?’ Well, he asks me that,” Bassett, 54, tells Access Hollywood.

“And I say, ‘If we are not bickering, punching or fighting, then yes, I’m happy. But every day we’re bickering, punching and fighting!'”

Despite the sibling squabbles, Bassett says Slater and Bronwyn’s true loyalties lie with each other.

“She’s big heart — she loves her brother — and he protects her in school … If she’s having some trouble he’s right in there for her, ‘Don’t you talk back to my sister!'” she shares. “But at home with mom it’s the safe place to just act a fool.”

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— Anya Leon

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