Angelina Jolie relates to message in ‘Panda 2’
BY CINDY PEARLMAN May 19, 2011 7:46PM
Angelina Jolie is the voice of Tigress in “Kung Fu Panda 2,” but her kids prefer Jack Black’s character, Po.
Updated: June 23, 2011 12:19AM
Everybody was kung fu fighting. But for Angelina Jolie, who lends her voice to Tigress in “Kung Fu Panda 2,” it was more about love and not war with her children.
The sequel to the mega-popular 2008 film mulls over the adoption of the popular Po character, voiced by Jack Black. That struck a chord in the famous house of Jolie-Pitt.
“I wondered if my children would ask questions,” says the actress, activist and busy mother of six. “In our home, adoption and birth home are everyday words. Now those are words that Po is using in their favorite movie, and I think it’s just lovely.”
Jolie, along with partner Brad Pitt, has adopted three children and given birth to three. Jolie, who turns 36 next month, mentions she didn’t need a movie as a springboard for talking about how families are created in different ways.
“We have conversations about how families come together all the time,” Jolie says. “My kids have been there to pick up a brother or sister from the orphanage. The word orphanage is not a bad word in our house. They’re good words.”
Jolie was happy to be a part of a film where the message is about blended families.
“In the first film, the theme was, ‘You can be anything you want no matter what you look like, feel like or where you come from.’ It also taught kids that confidence is the best tool to have on your side. This film takes all of those great messages and adds to it. This one is about family. It’s about at the end of the day, family is where the love is at in your life. Family is what’s there for you no matter what.”
Jolie was thrilled to get the call to do a “Panda” sequel, but there was one issue.
“My kids like Po played by Jack Black much better than they like me as Tigress,” she says with a laugh. “I guess Po is the Dragon Warrior, so it’s only natural. Meanwhile, I’m saying, ‘Look at what I can do.’ And they’re like, ‘Great, but where’s Po?’”
Jolie and Pitt keep their clan together as much as possible by observing a two-week rule: They don’t break up the clan for longer than 14 days no matter where in the world Mom and Dad are filming. “It’s important that the kids have time with each of us, and the private time when one of us is filming is wonderful,” she says. “Then we come back together as a family.
“I’m very grounded these days and partly that’s because of the children,” she says. “It’s also about age. I had those out-of-control days of being young. It was interesting, but now I want to focus on what makes my heart full.
“Believe me, my children mean that every single day is different. It can be chaos with six children, but that’s exciting. “It’s a life that’s never boring.”
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