Angelina Jolie takes more pleasure from stunts now she is a mother.

The actress - who raises six children with partner Brad Pitt - is famed for her action skills in movies including 'Lara Croft: Tomb Raider' and 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' but admits she enjoyed the physical aspect of her latest movie 'Salt' more than ever .

She explained: "The stunts actually are more rewarding. Maybe it's because I spend so much time at home with the kids that I really like to get out and jump on something and not be mom for a bit.

"My kids are watching and rooting for me, so I want to impress them and be cool.

"There's a bada*s in all of us. I've certainly got mine."

Despite her enjoyment of stunts, Angelina - who cut her head during one physical scene - had to be asked to curb some of her dare-devil behaviour by worried movie bosses.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura admitted to MTV: "She's fearless. Angie is daring and wants to do all her stunts. We sometimes have to talk her out of doing stuff. She's ready to go.

"She believes the more the movie star does, the more fantastic it is. I remember the first screening of 'The Matrix,' people went, 'Oh my God, Keanu Reeves can fight!' Angelina does that in our movie."