Why Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Had To Adopt


Maddox Jolie-Pitt, 15

Maddox was adopted by Angelina Jolie in 2002 from Cambodia and originally changed his name from Rath Vibol to Maddox Chivan Thornton Jolie when she was still married to Billy Bob Thornton.

The following year, she opened a foundation in Cambodia (now the Maddox Jolie-Pitt Foundation) which helps provide health care, education, and conservation projects. In 2006, a children’s center was opened under his name in Cambodia’s capital.

Maddox had a small part in Brad Pitt’s 2013 movie “World War Z” where he played a zombie who was shot. Maddox is currently helping his mother with work on a Netflix original film based in his home country of Cambodia. Angelina Jolie is directing and producing an adaptation of the Loung Ung memoir, “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers.”

“The film will change Mad, but as much as he’s discovering the horrors of the past, he’ll also be discovering the culture before the war, the dignity of his country, how they held their heads up,” Angelina told Vogue in 2015 of Maddox’s role working on the film.


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