Angelina Jolie and Jack Black got onto the subject of raising their children while out promoting their new family-friendly movie Kung Fu Panda 3 recently. The two Hollywood stars swapped stories during an interview with People magazine, and discussed whether or not they would let their children watch their R-rated films.
"You think the kids know nothing, and then you find out they're like, 'Oh yeah, seen it'," Angelina – mum to Maddox, 14, Pax, 12, Zahara, 10, Shiloh, nine, and seven-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne – commented to her co-star.
Angelina Jolie and Jack Black discussed letting their children watch their movies during a recent interview
Jack, 46, replied that while his two sons, Samuel, nine, and seven-year-old Thomas, love the Kung Fu Panda movies, "They are a little weirded out that I'm in them.
"They haven't seen any of my movies except Kung Fu Panda. I don't like to say, 'Hey, you have to see School of Rock'," he said, adding that for the time being he doesn't want them to watch any of his R-rated films. "I don't think they're ready for The Pick of Destiny… But someday they probably will be."
Angelina, 40, then quipped, "Whereas my eldest (Maddox) probably has. My oldest especially loves Jack's music. He's introduced him to a few words, few thoughts!"
Family affair: Angelina at the Kung Fu Panda 3 premiere with Shiloh, Vivienne, Knox, Zahara and Pax
Angelina and Jack both wanted to make sure the new Kung Fu Panda movie was a family affair – and decided to get their children involved, recording animal noises for some of the pandas.
"It's like, 'Get out there and do you job. Earn some money for this family!'" Jack joked in a joint interview with Today. "What I think was so sweet about it was that they took it very seriously," Angelina added. "They came in and said, 'I don't know if I can do this!"
Jack also revealed that his eldest Samuel had asked directly if he could have a part in the movie. "I was like, 'We'll see what I can do,'" deadpanned the comedian. "'I'll try and get you a line'. And I was able to pull some strings."
Nevertheless, both stars have reservations about getting their children into the business. Angelina admitted that she and husband Brad Pitt actively discourage acting as a first career.
"We've always said, if they're gonna be actors, I hope they do something and then be actors," she explained.
Jack said he encourages his children to think beyond being on camera. "I try and steer 'em towards, you know, writing and directing the little things on the iPhone," he said.