Angelina Jolie Uses Dangerous Stunts to Impress Her Kids

The movie star says the idea of thrilling her biggest fans -- her children -- is what motivates her to shoot dangerous scenes

Angelina Jolie's six kids with Brad Pitt have seemingly seen it all: Italy, Japan, the Big Apple, the French Riviera. Maddox, Zahara, Shiloh, Pax, Knox and Vivienne wear designer duds and travel with an entourage -- they're probably not so easy to impress. Apparently, that's why Mom likes to jump from moving cars!

Jolie, 34, tells Entertainment Weekly that she insisted on doing her own stunts in the upcoming spy thriller Salt -- to the chagrin of director Phillip Noyce, who didn't want to risk Jolie's life with ten-story falls and car chases -- and that she felt particularly motivated to do difficult action scenes after giving birth to twins Vivienne and Knox. "The push to be physically strong was very welcome at the time," says Jolie, who started shooting Salt just eight months postpartum.

Essentially, Jolie says being a mom made her more adventurous, because she loves being a superhero to her kids. "The funny thing about having children is that now I am twice as motivated to do a cool stunt because my kids will like it."

In Salt, opening July 23, Jolie plays a CIA spy who goes on the run after she's accused of being a KGB sleeper agent. If you think that sounds like a female Bourne Identity, you're not far off: Jolie's role was written for a man, and originally offered to Tom Cruise. Now that's a story to tell her daughters!

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