Angelina Jolie: 'Motherhood helped me direct'

December 21st, 2011

Angelina Jolie took a maternal approach when working on her directorial debut.

The Oscar-winning actress - who raises children Maddox, 10, Pax, eight, Zahara, six, Shiloh, five and three-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, with partner Brad Pitt - believes being a mother helped her while she worked on Bosnian War love story 'In the Land of Blood and Honey'.

She said: "There's constantly people asking you for something, so the multi-tasking of motherhood transfers very well to being a director. With all these other adults, you still feel this strange, nurturing, mothering quality for everybody."

The 36-year-old beauty is best known for her roles in 'Salt' and 'Mr. &. Mrs Smith', but revealed that she actually preferred working behind the scenes on her latest project.

She told "I loved watching another actress in the spotlight, do an extraordinary job, and I loved making her beautiful and interesting, protecting her emotions, and showing people her talent.

"It's all very bizarre. I still find it very strange. I don't know how I got here. I didn't intend to do this, really."