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What inspired Angelina Jolie to adopt?

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Angelina Jolie's adoption inspiration

Angelina Jolie says a movie role inspired her to adopt her first child.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie has adopted three kids from three countries. What inspired the actress to become a parent?

It was her role as in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider that opened her eyes to opening her heart.

"A turning point in my life came when I made Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, in England," Jolie says. "It also involved filming, partly, in Cambodia. I learned that the world is bigger than I thought it was and there were more important things than a film. I did not know much about Cambodia. I did not appreciate how beautiful it was and I had never met such open-hearted people."

She adopted her first child, Maddox, immediately afterward.

"Once I became a mom, I realized it was far harder than being Lara Croft," says the actress, who now has six children -- three adopted -- with partner Brad Pitt. "I want my kids to appreciate how fortunate they are in life, compared with so many people who have nothing. If anybody ever tells me that I am a mother to them like my mom [Marcheline Bertrand] was to me, it will be a great compliment."

Jolie is currently toting her tots around Scotland while Brad Pitt films World War Z on location.

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