angelina-jolie-marie-claire-2.jpgAlexei Hay/Marie Claire

angelina-jolie-marie-claire-230.jpgAngelina Jolie graces the cover of the January 2012 issue of Marie Claire, and the 36-year-old actress gets up close and personal in this stunning black and white photo spread. Jolie talks about her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, and she also chats with the mag about her family and the possibility of having more kids.

On whether she and Brad Pitt are looking to add to their family, Jolie says, "Nothing planned at the moment, but we just don't know. I could end up pregnant."

So how are her youngest children, twins Knox and Vivienne doing? "Knox is very much a dude. Very physical, tough. He loves dinosaurs and swords," Jolie says. "[Vivienne] is so elegant and delicate. Vivi will pick flowers from the garden and put them in her hair. She likes to get her nails done and collects stuffed animals. It's very funny for me to have to buy all things pink and watch princess movies!"

Jolie reveals that writing In the Land of Blood and Honey "began as a private exercise, an excuse to get out some of my frustrations [with] the international community and justice issues," adding that "some of the very darkest sections of the film were conceived in Shiloh's art class; I was in the back waiting for the kids to finish." Interesting!

On working with her film's actresses, Jolie says, "It was nice for me to play with other girls; I don't really have girlfriends in movies, if you've noticed... Well, I have a few girlfriends, I just... I stay at home a lot. I'm just not very social. I don't do a lot with them, and I'm very homebound."