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Angelina Jolie on Balancing Work and Kids

Angelina Jolie and her daughter Vivienne from a scene in 'Maleficent.'

With six children bouncing around the home Angelina Jolie shares with partner Brad Pitt, it's a wonder she gets anything done. But the actress and director/producer somehow finds time — and the energy — to do it all. Well, almost all of it.

We asked her how she balances everything, especially since daughter Vivienne starred in Disney's "Maleficent" alongside her.

"The kids come first. So everything we schedule, and everything we do — if something affects them in a bad way, we don't do it," says Jolie. "So we'll kind of make sure that wherever we're shooting ... we do home-school them so they come with us wherever we go. When we do a European tour, we drag them with us. We kind of stay together. And so they come first."

Her next project? Jolie is directing "Unbroken," about an Olympic runner taken prisoner during World War II, which is due out at Christmas. How does she know when to say when?

"The thing with being a director — even though it goes on much longer — is you really can have [the kids] on set more. Even though they were on set for 'Maleficent,' when I do some films that are very heavy dramas, like 'Changeling' or something, you can't really have your kids with you. So doing lighter movies or directing, you can just be with them, spend your time with them. They can be in the editing room. They're meeting me today. I go to the editing room, and they're going to meet me there and hang out. So you try to just keep them together."

Reporting by Tim Haynes, moviefone.

'Maleficent' is out May 30

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