Even though she has dropped ‘Mrs Brad Pitt’ from her list of roles last September, Angelina Jolie is still keeping busy. Last week, the actress jetted to Siem Reap, Cambodia with her six kids to premiere her new directorial flick, First They Killed My Father. The Netflix-bound film is based on a child’s account of the horrors of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge genocide in the ’70s. Jolie’s affinity with Cambodia begun when she filmed Tomb Raider there 17 years ago, and she returned to the country two years later to adopt her eldest son Maddox. Fun fact: she was also granted Cambodian citizenship in 2005 by Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni for her philanthropic work. Here is what Jolie and her formery, um, Brad-y Bunch got up to in Cambodia.
1. Cooked and ate bugs
In an interview with BBC, Jolie was filmed teaching her kids — Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 8 — how to fry up creepy crawlies like tarantulas and scorpions for a meal. The actress had developed a taste for bugs, a popular street snack in Cambodia, after her first visit. Like Nigella Lawson meets Bear Grylls, Jolie advised, “You start with the crickets. Crickets and a beer, and then you kind of move up to the tarantulas.” She also offered to split a spider with Shiloh, who gamely agreed. Cool beans.
2. Opened up about her divorce for the first time
Since her high-profile and bitter split from Brad Pitt, Jolie had mostly kept mum about the divorce. Until this BBC interview in Siem Reap. “It was very difficult," she said. "Many people find themselves in this situation. My whole family have all been through a difficult time. My focus is my children, our children. We are and forever will be a family and so that is how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure that this somehow makes us stronger and closer.” By “coping”, did she mean going on a publicity tour in Cambodia?
3. Showed off her kids’ many talents
While Angie had directed First They Killed My Father, she also roped in her children to help with the film. Maddox, who was born to Cambodian parents, researched about the genocide. “He was the one who just called it and said he was ready and that he wanted to work on it, which he did. He read the script, helped with notes, and was in the production meetings,” Jolie revealed in an interview. Jolie’s second oldest child Pax, whom she had adopted from Vietnam, shot some of the film’s stills while Shiloh stole the limelight at the premiere by speaking in Khmer: “My name is Shiloh and I love Cambodia”.