We’ve been admirers of both Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for years, so it may come as no surprise at all that we’re also big fans of the Jolie-Pitt children. That said, what do we know about the Jolie-Pitt children, including twins Knox and Vivienne? While Jolie and Pitt have chosen to keep their kids somewhat sheltered from the world (none of the kids are on social media, for example), we have been getting more glimpses of them as they come into their own over the years. But what are the Jolie-Pitt kids interested in? What do they do when they’re not globetrotting with their parents? Are they looking to stay in the public eye or will they pursue other hobbies and career paths?
For now, we want to answer those questions — as they apply to Knox and Vivienne. All of this relative secrecy about their lives has us wondering about them even more. So, why not investigate Knox and Vivienne specifically and see what fun facts we find?
1. They’re mini-entrepreneurs
Back in January, it was revealed that Knox and Vivienne joined their siblings in partaking in the age of tradition of selling goodies to neighbors. But instead of creating a lemonade stand, the Jolie-Pitt kids created a stand that sold dog treats at their local dog park. Proof of the stand was captured by Parenthood alum Sarah Ramos, who shared the photo on her Instagram which shows the Jolie-Pitts (including mama Jolie!) selling their wares at a Los Angeles dog park.
2. They’re Cancers
Born on July 12, 2008, these Generation Z twins are also Cancers, which means they’re likely both very sensitive, giving people who love to be close to their siblings and parents.
3. Their names have special meaning
Vivienne’s middle name, Marcheline, was her maternal grandmother’s first name. Marcheline Bertrand died just one year before Vivienne and Knox were born.
Knox, on the other hand, got his first name from Pitt’s paternal grandfather, Hal Knox Hillhouse, and his middle name, Leon, is the name of Jolie’s great-grandfather.
4. They’re the youngest kids in a big family
Knox and Vivienne are the youngest of six children. Their other siblings, from youngest to oldest, are: Shiloh, 12, Zahara, 13, Pax, 14, and Maddox, 16.
5. They’ve been homeschooled for most of their lives
Jolie and Pitt have chosen to homeschool their children, and nowadays, it’s been reported that Jolie is mostly in charge of their education. People magazine reported in 2017 that the children are taking the basic classes (reading, math, science) but are also learning foreign languages and getting in plenty of physical activity with soccer, self-defense classes, skateboarding and so forth.
6. Knox and Vivienne have already racked up acting credits
They’re still young, but Knox and Vivienne have already got some major credits on their résumés. In 2016, Knox voiced the character of Ku Ku in Kung Fu Panda 3. Vivienne got her first acting gig even earlier with 2014’s Maleficent in which she played the younger version of star Elle Fanning’s character, Aurora.
While speaking specifically about Vivienne’s Maleficent appearance in an interview, Jolie revealed the position she and Pitt took about their children pursuing acting: “We think it’s fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors. That’s not the goal for Brad and me at all. I think we would both prefer that they didn’t become actors.”
7. Knox has been spotted doing his chores
Knox has been spotted out and about lately living life as regularly as possible. This includes a notable occasion where he was once spotted accompanying older sister Zahara while walking their dog.
8. Knox is older than Vivienne by one minute
When their births were announced in 2008, People magazine reported that Knox was born at 6:27 p.m. local time in Nice, France. Vivienne, apparently not cool with waiting, followed quickly thereafter at approximately 6:28 p.m.
9. Their passports probably have more stamps than yours
As the children of two high-profile movie stars, Vivienne and Knox have accompanied their parents to international hotspots like England, France and Cambodia. Given their age, we have no doubt that these twins will rack up way more stamps in their passports in the years to come.
10. Vivienne prefers gender-neutral clothing
Recent red carpet photos of Jolie and her children show that, like her older sibling, Shiloh, Vivienne is open to wearing gender-neutral clothing, like a tan linen two-piece suit back in September 2017 or a blue button-down shirt and jeans at the premiere of Dumbo in 2019.
11. They’ve always had fairly low-key birthdays
It may be a symptom of having famous parents or it could be something that they are inclined to do, but no matter the reason, Knox and Vivienne have kept it quiet for their birthday in years past. Case in point: For their eighth birthday in 2016, the twins reportedly went out for birthday pancakes in West Hollywood.
A version of this article was published in July 2018.