Angelina Jolie says not everybody 'understands or likes' her -- and 'that's OK'

Angelina Jolie knows she can't please everyone.

In an interview with The New York Times, released on Wednesday, the mother of six addresses her public persona as well as her life at home after filing for divorce from Brad Pitt nearly one year ago.

"I never expect to be the one that everybody understands or likes," Jolie confides. "And that's OK, because I know who I am, and the kids know who I am."

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Actress Angelina Jolie (L) and Cambodian-born American human rights activist and lecturer Loung Ung laugh as they arrive for a news conference at a hotel in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Samrang Pring TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Actress Angelina Jolie arrives for a news conference at a hotel in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
Actress Angelina Jolie (L) and Cambodian-born American human-rights activist and lecturer Loung Ung greet as they arrive for a news conference at hotel in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
Actress Angelina Jolie (C) attends a news conference at a hotel in Siem Reap province, Cambodia, February 18, 2017. REUTERS/Samrang Pring
Cambodian Minister of Culture and Fine Arts Phoeung Sackona (Front R), Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (2nd-R) and her children listen to Cambodian national anthem during the the premiere of Jolie's new film 'First They Killed My Father' at the Elephant Terrace inside the Angkor park in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (1st-L) speaks as her children and actors of her new film stand on a stage during the premiere of Jolie's new film 'First They Killed My Father' at the Elephant Terrace inside the Angkor park in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni (L) gives flowers to Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (R) during the premiere of Jolie's new film 'First They Killed My Father' at the Elephant Terrace inside the Angkor park in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (L) walks past Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni (C) and former queen Monique (R) during the premiere of Jolie's new film 'First They Killed My Father' at the Elephant Terrace inside the Angkor park in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (R) pays respect to Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni (2nd-L) as former queen Monique (1st-L) looks on during the premiere of Jolie's new film 'First They Killed My Father' at the Elephant Terrace inside the Angkor park in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (C) and Maddox Jolie-Pitt (R) pay their respects to Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni (L) during an audience at the royal residence in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie will unveil her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on February 18 at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Maddox Jolie-Pitt (C) greets Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni (L) as Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (R) looks on during an audience at the royal residence in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie will unveil her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on February 18 at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (3rd R) attends an audience with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni (R) as her children look on at the royal residence in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie will unveil her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on February 18 at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA - FEBRUARY 18: Angelina Jolie talks to press during a press conference ahead of the premiere of her new movie 'First They Killed My Father' set up at the Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor on February 18, 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Angelina Jolie is in Siem Reap for the world premiere of her new movie, 'First They Killed my Father,' a Netflix-produced adaption of the autobiography by the same name penned by Loung Ung, who lived through the Khmer Rouge regime as a young child. The film will be screened Saturday night in the Angkor Wat temple complex, and released later this year on Netflix. (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (R) pays her respects during an audience with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni (L) at the royal residence in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie will unveil her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on February 18 at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA - FEBRUARY 18: Angelina Jolie (right) talks to actress Sareum Srey Moch (left) during a press conference ahead of the premiere of their new movie 'First They Killed My Father' set up at the Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor on February 18, 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Angelina Jolie is in Siem Reap for the world premiere of her new movie, 'First They Killed my Father,' a Netflix-produced adaption of the autobiography by the same name penned by Loung Ung, who lived through the Khmer Rouge regime as a young child. The film will be screened Saturday night in the Angkor Wat temple complex, and released later this year on Netflix. (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA - FEBRUARY 18: Angelina Jolie (left) and producer Rithy Panh (center) chat with actors before holding a press conference ahead of the premiere of their new film 'First They Killed My Father' set up at the Raffles Grand Hotel D'Angkor on February 18, 2017 in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Angelina Jolie is in Siem Reap for the world premiere of her new movie, 'First They Killed my Father,' a Netflix-produced adaption of the autobiography by the same name penned by Loung Ung, who lived through the Khmer Rouge regime as a young child. The film will be screened Saturday night in the Angkor Wat temple complex, and released later this year on Netflix. (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (C) speaks as Cambodian film maker Rithy Panh (L) looks on at a hotel in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie will unveil her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on February 18 at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP / TANG CHHIN SOTHY (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (3rd L) and her children including Maddox Jolie-Pitt (C) gesture to media in front of the royal residence for a meeting with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie will unveil her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on February 18 at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP / TANG CHHIN SOTHY (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie speaks to media during a press conference at a hotel in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie will unveil her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on February 18 at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP / TANG CHHIN SOTHY (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)
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The actress-turned-director has been busy promoting her upcoming Netflix movie, First They Killed My Father, but shares that she plans on going a different direction for her next project.

"I will get funny at some point," she quips to the Times, noting that she was working on Disney's Maleficent 2. "That was a little funny."

As for her home life, Jolie and her children -- Maddox, 16, Pax, 13, Zahara, 12, Shiloh, 11, Vivienne, 9, and Knox, 9 -- recently moved into the former residence of filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, a house the 42-year-old star refers to as "happy and light."

"It took me a few months to realize that I was really going to have to do it. That there was going to have to be another base regardless of everything," she says of purchasing the house after her split from Pitt. "There was going to have to be a home, another home."

Jolie admits that the divorce proceedings has taken a toll on herself and her children. "None of it's easy. It's very, very difficult, a very painful situation," she says. "I just want my family healthy."

"They're getting better," Jolie adds.

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LOS ANGELES - 1991: Actress Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1991: Actress Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 11: Sixteen year old actress Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait session on January 11, 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 11: Sixteen year old actress Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait session on January 11, 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1991: Actress Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1991: Actress Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1991: Actress Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 11: Sixteen year old actress Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait session on January 11, 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 11: Sixteen year old actress Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait session on January 11, 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 11: Sixteen year old actress Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait session on January 11, 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - 1991: Actress Angelina Jolie poses for a portrait in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry Langdon/Getty Images)
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Earlier this week, ET spoke with Jolie at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she was escorted by her six kids.

"They were laughing at both of us because they're used to seeing us at home and we hang out in our pajamas and make breakfast," Jolie said. "So even though they've seen me dressed up, they really laughed at her dressed up. They're having a laugh."

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