Friday, June 16, 2006
Angelina and her birth experience
Jolie: Birth Experience Was Frightening
NEW YORK (AP) - Angelina Jolie, in her first U.S. interview since the birth of her daughter last month, says the experience was frightening.
``You know, because you're there for the birth, which I wasn't for my first two kids, you're just suddenly terrified that they're not gonna take a first breath,'' the 31-year-old actress says in an interview to air Tuesday on CNN's ``Anderson Cooper 360'' (10 p.m. EDT).
``That was my whole focus. I just wanted to hear her cry.''
Jolie gave birth to Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt on May 27 at a private clinic in the resort town of Walvis Bay in Namibia. The baby, healthy and weighing 7 pounds, was delivered by Caesarean section.
In excerpts of the interview, released exclusively to The Associated Press on Friday, Jolie says Brad Pitt was in the operating room for the delivery.
``He was in the operating room, yeah, yeah,'' she tells Cooper. ``And we had amazing doctors. And everybody was so lovely.''
Jolie and Pitt, 42, have since left Namibia with their newborn daughter and two older children: 16-month-old Zahara, adopted from Ethiopia, and 4-year-old Maddox, adopted from Cambodia.
Both Maddox and Zahara's surnames have been legally changed to Jolie-Pitt after Pitt announced his intention to adopt the children as well.
The actress also acknowledges to Cooper that she gives a third of her income to charity and jokes, ``Yeah, well, I had a stupid income for what I do.''
The Jolie interview will air Tuesday as part of CNN's entire day of programming devoted to World Refugee Day.