Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie filed for divorce from Brad Pitt in September after two years of marriage, ending a relationship that began in 2005 REUTERS/Andreas Rentz/Pool

Angelina Jolie has opened up about her late mother, and how much she misses her presence. The 41-year-old actress' mother Marcheline Bertrand died from ovarian cancer in 2007 at the age of 56.

During an interview with Elle France, Jolie shares her sadness that her children - Maddox, 15, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 10, and twins Vivienne and Knox (8) - could not see their grandmother. She said: "She would have thrived as a grandmother. I know how much she would have contributed to their lives and I am sad they will miss out on that."

Adding on, the actress revealed she needs her mother the most at the moment, as she filed for divorce from Brad Pitt in September 2016. She said: "I would give anything for her to be with me at this time. I've needed her. I talk to her often in my mind and try to think what she might say and how she might guide me."

Jolie also talked about her parenting skills. She shared: "I try to lead by example, being conscious of others and being responsible. And to help them have a broader view of the world."

"But really the only way I know to raise them is to really listen. It's perhaps the most important thing any parent can do. They are resilient children but they are children, and as much as they need help to understand the hard truths in life, they also need what we all need -- protection and love," she added.