But they make it impossible for her to do anything in public. Even in Budapest, we could only lunch with her in the private room of a restaurant. When you're Angelina Jolie, though, there's no such thing as private. Take her tortured relationship with her father, the actor Jon Voight. He actually went on television and said his daughter had serious mental problems. That even shocked Hollywood. For years, Angelina refused to talk to her father. After her mother died, she started seeing him again. But she gives her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, all the credit for where she is today.
Simon: Your mother is a beautiful woman.
Jolie: Yeah, she is.
Simon: You're pretty chubby as a kid.
Jolie: I was all cheeks, yeah.
Simon: Big lips.
Jolie: Big lips.
Angelina also says it was her mom who taught her how to raise her own kids. At the house Angelina's renting in Budapest, we weren't allowed to film her children, unless you call Jacques one of her kids. He seemed to love the camera almost as much as the camera loves Angelina.
Simon: You're here because Brad is shooting a film here?
Jolie: Uh-huh (affirm).
Simon: You're not shooting a film?
Jolie: No, we never work at the same time.
Simon: What's better, when Brad is working and you're with the kids--
Simon: Or when you're working and Brad is with the kids?
Jolie: When I'm home with the kids.
Simon: Bet a lot of full-time parents would love to be shooting movies.
Jolie: Yes, they would because it's easier. My mother was-- was a full-time mother. She didn't have much of her own career, her own life, her own experiences, her own-- you know, everything was for her children.
Simon: And do you try to be the same kind of mom that she was?
Jolie: I will never be as good a mother as she was. I will try my best, but I don't think I could ever be. She was-- she was just grace incarnate. She was the most generous, loving-- she's better than me.
Simon: It's clear that you can talk about anything but your mother without-- without welling up.
Jolie: Yeah. That's my-- that's my soft spot. Yeah, yeah.
Angelina's biggest regret is that her mother won't be there for the premiere of "In the Land of Blood and Honey" - a film she suspects won't have the commercial appeal of anything she's done.
Simon: It's going to open soon.
Jolie: I am nervous that people are going to not understand it.
Simon: Right now if you had to decide that in six months you are going to either act in a film or direct a film, what would you do?
Jolie: I'd prefer directing.
Jolie: Yeah. I loved having the spotlight on somebody else. And I would much prefer it.
Angelina's already writing and planning to direct another war film about Afghanistan and she knows as a director her beauty and her acting skills won't be worth a nickel.
Jolie: It's nice. It's nice for all of that not to matter.
Simon: It's also risky.
Jolie: Is it? I mean, I think what's risky is living your life and-- and never trying for anything and never doing something brave and never getting yourself scared and...
Simon: Are you scared?
Jolie: In a good way.