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Amgelina Jolie is the cover girl for the January issue of Marie Claire magazine, which hits newsstands December 20. In the interview, the ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’ director chats with the mag about directorial debut, Brad Pitt and family and friends.

Check out some highlights below:

On writing the movie during downtime: “Some of the very darkest sections were probably conceived in Shiloh’s art class; I was in the back corner, waiting for the kids to finish. And then somehow it slowly ended up being read by Brad, and then friends. There was a discussion of making it, and I just was terrified to hand it over to anybody. It wasn’t that I said, ‘I’m going to write something, and I want to direct it.’”

On putting herself in others’ shoes: “I obviously put myself in the position of what would have happened if I were in this situation. If I were in love with somebody and we happened to be from separate sides of the conflict but we were in love before the conflict started, how far would I be able to go? How much could I be open to, and when would I start to close off? Is it love, or is it survival?”

On her special bond with Pitt: He “has expanded my life in ways I never imagined. We built a family. He is not just the love of my life, he is my family. I hold that very dear. I suppose what I’ve learned from Brad is to be able to have the kind of family whose happiness and well-being comes before your own. I’m very very grateful to have such a loving family, and I wouldn’t have that without him.”

On adding more kids the six they already have: “Nothing planned at the moment, but we just don’t know. I could end up pregnant.”

On her female friendships: “I don’t really have girlfriends in movies, if you’ve noticed. … Well, I have a few girlfriends (in real life). I just … I stay home a lot. I’m just not very social. I don’t do a lot with them, and I’m very homebound.”

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