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Angelina Jolie reveals the moment she knew she wanted to become a mom

The Academy Award-winning actress told the Associated Press there was a moment when "it was suddenly very clear" she wanted to be a mother.
/ Source: TODAY

Angelina Jolie Pitt has six children these days, but the Academy Award winner recently confessed there was a time when the prospect of motherhood didn't seem terribly appealing to her.

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INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 28: Actress/director Angelina Jolie (C) with Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt (L) and Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt (R) in the audience during Nickelodeon's 28th Annual Kids' Choice Awards held at The Forum on March 28, 2015 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/KCA2015/WireImage)WireImage file

"It's strange, I never wanted to have a baby. I never wanted to be pregnant. I never babysat. I never thought of myself as a mother," Jolie Pitt told the Associated Press in Cambodia, which she first visited while filming "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" in 2000.

But on a subsequent trip to the country in Southeast Asia, that all changed. According to AP, she had an epiphany while playing with local schoolchildren.

"It was suddenly very clear to me that my son was in the country, somewhere," said Jolie Pitt, who adopted her first son, Maddox, from a Cambodian orphanage in 2002.

Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt, Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt
Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Marcheline Jolie-Pitt, Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Marley Jolie-Pitt and Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt seen at DreamWorks Animation and Twentieth Century Fox World Premiere of 'Kung Fu Panda 3' at TCL Chinese Theater on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Twentieth Century Fox/AP Images)AP

That realization is one of many reasons Jolie, 40, has returned on a regular basis.

"When I first came to Cambodia, it changed me,' she said. "It changed my perspective. I realized there was so much about history that I had not been taught in school, and so much about life that I needed to understand, and I was very humbled by it."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Writer-director-producer-actress Angelina Jolie Pitt (L) and actor-producer Brad Pitt attend the opening night gala premiere of Universal Pictures' 'By the Sea' during AFI FEST 2015 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on November 5, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)Getty Images

In addition to Maddox, who's now 14, Jolie also adopted son Pax, 12, and daughter Zahara, 11. Jolie and husband, fellow actor Brad Pitt, are also biological parents to daughter Shiloh, 9, and 7-year-old twins: son Knox and daughter Vivienne.

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Her growing family, she told AP, has inspired a more fulfilling life, which includes service as a Special Envoy for the United Nations. "For me, this is the moment where finally my life is kind of in line," she said, "and I feel I'm finally where I should be."

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