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Brad and Angelina were 'racing' to see who gets to retire first

December 16, 2011 |  1:37 pm

Brad and Angelina

This post has been corrected, as indicated below.

Angelina Jolie, the female half of "Brad and Angelina," sat down with silver fox Anderson Cooper this week, opening up about family life and her partner Brad Pitt's much-discussed retirement plans.

Actress and director Jolie is making the rounds in support of "In the Land of Blood and Honey," the Bosnian war romance she wrote and directed, which received a Golden Globe nomination Thursday for the foreign language film category.

Cooper asked Jolie about her and Pitt's wanderlust in the face of raising six kids, and she says the brood loves being on the move.

"If they're in one place for two months they want to know why we're not getting on an airplane," she said.

"Because they're such a big traveling pack, it's not one child moving around the world and missing friends," she added. Angelina also says with pals in every port, the kids aren't hurting for play dates.

The conversation moved from play to work, as Cooper asked Jolie about recent statements Pitt made about retiring at 50.

"We were both racing to see which one of us gets to retire first," Jolie said, noting that Pitt likely wouldn't hang up his acting hat in three years when he hits the big 5-0.

"Whoever is home tends to be the happier one," she said, referring to their only-one-or-the-other-is-working schedules, "because we get to play with the kids while the other one is out earning the money."

The Jolie episode of "Anderson," which also features members of the "Blood and Honey" cast, will air Monday.

[For the record, 3 p.m. Dec. 16: This post originally referred to Brad Pitt as the husband of Angelina Jolie. They are not married.]


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Photo: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie smile prior to the Japanese premiere of his "Moneyball" film in Tokyo on Nov.9. Credit: Junji Kurokawa / AP Photo