Angelina Jolie's children have helped her rediscover a "carefree" life.
The 'In The Land Of Blood And Honey' director - who raises Maddox, 10, Pax, eight, Zahara, seven, Shiloh, five, and twins Knox and Vivienne, three, with her partner Brad Pitt - admitted she went through a "self-destructive" phase but her kids saved her.
She said: "I had grown up as a pretty scary teenager who was self destructive and didn't have a good outlook on life. Acting gave me a better place to be but early in my career I didn't appreciate what the world offered me.
"I had a pretty warped perception of the world. I grew up as this very carefree, happy kid then things turned darker for me. Maybe it was because I saw the world wasn't as happy a place as I had hoped it would be for me.
"I'm just glad I was able to return to some of that innocence and beauty I had as a child when I started my own family and my children brought me back some of that spirit."
Angelina also revealed she was surprised by how motherhood changed her from a loner to someone who loves being surrounded by people.
She added in an interview with The Sun newspaper: "When you have a big family you just give up your personal life at a certain point.
"You even try to take a bath and everybody comes in so you give up and that's OK. As somebody who likes to be alone, I surprise myself that I'm very happy to be surrounded by everybody in my family. I feel that comfort."
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