Angelina Jolie has offered up a refreshingly self-aware opinion on being a celebrity mom: She actually knows she has it way better than most.
“I have much more support than most people, most women in this world. And I have the financial means to have a home and healthcare and food,” the A-lister told the New York Daily News this week while doing the rounds to promote “Maleficent.”
The mother of six kids, who’s engaged to Brad Pitt, highlighted the rather obvious point that she’s not exactly a single mom working two jobs to make ends meet.
She noted to the Daily News that she was in a “rare position” of not having to go for job after job.
“Maleficent,” a retelling of the “Sleeping Beauty” story from the villain’s perspective, is Jolie’s first on-screen effort in four years, if you don’t count her voice work in “Kung-Fu Panda 2.” In 2010, she saw “Salt” and “The Tourist” released. Behind the camera, she directed 2011’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”
“When I feel I’m doing too much, I do less, if I can,” she said.
Her home-schooled brood travels the world with Mom and Dad -- so there are no carpool duties or bounce-house rentals to worry about.
The kids, however, have helped Jolie with her work, she said in an interview that aired Wednesday on “Good Morning America.”
She said she didn’t know what to do with the voice of Maleficent, a villain she said she considered “elegant” when she was a child who “didn’t identify” with princesses.
“So ... when I give my kids a bath at night, I would tell them stories in different voices, Jolie said. “And then, when I did this particular voice, they couldn’t stop laughing. The bigger I got, the more they laughed.”
The gang also suggested a “paintball wedding” for when she and Pitt finally tie the knot. (That idea probably won’t make the cut.)
Jolie’s parenting world view seems a bit different than Gwyneth Paltrow’s. The Goop founder and mother of two stepped in it back in March, right before her “conscious uncoupling” announcement, when she barely stopped herself from saying she had it worse than most.
“I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening,” Paltrow told E! News. “When you’re shooting a movie, they’re like, ‘We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,’ and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult.
“I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it’s not like being on set.”
A lot of people with those “routine” jobs were not impressed.
“Maleficent” opens May 30.