01/22/2007 at 01:00 AM EST
Sure, Brad Pitt
and Angelina Jolie
know their way around Namibia, Cambodia and India. But when it comes to working a Hollywood premiere, they're clearly on home turf. On Jan. 8 the power couple hit the L.A. opening of God Grew Tired of Us
, a documentary about Sudanese refugees that Pitt co-produced. Holding court at a post-screening reception, the openly affectionate pair cuddled and whispered as they mingled with the likes of Nicole Kidman
, Catherine Keener and Ed Norton. "I'm really surprised," Pitt told PEOPLE of the starry turnout. "It's very nice."
So is pretty much everything these days. After a year of globe-trotting, Pitt, 43, and Jolie, 31, are ready to settle into the next phase of their life: setting up house with their kids in New Orleans. The day after the premiere, the family jetted to the city, where Pitt is shooting the movie The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button and spearheading a rebuilding project. While Jolie is mulling a few film roles and continuing her work with the U.N. High Commission for Refugees, for now she plans to be a stay-at-home mom to Maddox, 5, Zahara, 2, and Shiloh, 7 months. First step: house-hunting in the Big Easy. Says a local source: "They want a house with a big yard for the children."
Make that a very big yard. As the couple prepare to send Maddox off to school, both of them say they'd like to add to their brood. "We definitely want a very big family," Jolie told British Elle
—and soon: "If we're going to have 10 kids, we'd like to raise them while we're young." How does Pitt feel? Pass the diapers. Asked by PEOPLE if he is ready for more kids, he said, "Always, of course. We'll let you know when we get there."