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WATCH: Angelina Jolie scoffs down a scorpion without even wincing

Training for a tucker trial, Angie?

By Bella Brennan

We always knew Angelina Jolie was a boss but this latest video further proves she's a real-life Lara Croft.

As she promotes her latest film First They Killed My Father, which she directed, the actress has made a triumphant return to the spotlight.

Speaking with BBC News World, Angie showed off her passion for Cambodian cuisine by hosting a DIY cooking class featuring the protein-rich local creepy crawlies.

Angie shows her kids how to cook with spiders and scorpions. (Image/BBC World News)
Angie shows her kids how to cook with spiders and scorpions. (Image/BBC World News)
Don't worry Viv, we'd be making that face too. (Image/BBC World News)
Don't worry Viv, we'd be making that face too. (Image/BBC World News)

With the help of her kids, the 41-year-old cooked up a storm as she guided BBC reporter Yalda Hakim through the delicacies.

"I think it's always been a part of the [Cambodian] diet, the bugs, but then I think there is a truth to the survival during the war."

"Of course when people are being starved they were able to survive on things like this and they did," the mother-of-six explained as she prepped a spider and reminded her kids to "pull the fangs out," the actress revealed.

"I first had them [the bugs] when I was first in country. You start with crickets. Crickets and a beer and then you kind of move up to tarantulas," Angie laughed.

At one point, a hesitant Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, eight, looks on at her mum who reassures her to "go ahead" and cook her bug stir-fry.

"Dinner!" Angie calls out to her kids, before asking them: "You want to share a spider?"

Tucking into her meal, the director muses: "It's actually really good the flavour. It's hard to chew the scorpion."

A scorpion a day keeps the doctor away, right Ange? (Image/BBC World News)
A scorpion a day keeps the doctor away, right Ange? (Image/BBC World News)
The star was very proud of the end product. (Image/BBC World News)
The star was very proud of the end product. (Image/BBC World News)
Angelina says she has been eating bugs since her first trip to Cambodia. (Image/BBC World News)
Angelina says she has been eating bugs since her first trip to Cambodia. (Image/BBC World News)

This latest upbeat video comes off the back of the humanitarian finally addressing her split with Brad Pitt.

On the topic of Brad and the children, BBC journalist Yalda asked, “Your film is about family and loss. I understand this is a very sensitive issue.” She continued, “We know that an incident occurred which led to your separation. We also know you haven’t said anything about this, but would you like to say something?”

An emotional Angelina responded, “Only that… I don’t want to say very much about [the incident] except to say that it was a very difficult time, and we are a family. And we’ll always be a family. And we’ll get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it.”

“But can I ask how you’re coping?” Yalda pressed.

“Many people find themselves in this situation,” Angelina said. “My whole family, we’ve all been through a difficult time. My focus is my children — our children — and my focus is finding this way through. As I said, we are and forever will be a family. So that is how I am coping. I am coping with finding a way through to make sure this somehow makes us stronger and closer.”

Shiloh tries a spider. (Image/BBC World News)
Shiloh tries a spider. (Image/BBC World News)
The director has been doing publicity in Cambodia with her children as she gears up for her latest film *First They Killed My Father*. (Image/BBC World News)
The director has been doing publicity in Cambodia with her children as she gears up for her latest film First They Killed My Father. (Image/BBC World News)

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