Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (inset)
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05/31/2011 at 01:00 PM EDT
It's not every day Angelina Jolie
talks openly about her relationship
with Brad Pitt
– but when she does, the superlatives flow.
"I love being with Brad," the Kung Fu Panda 2
actress, 35, gushes to the U.K.'s Telegraph
. "I'm very lucky with [him]. He is a real gentleman, but he is also a real man's man."
Jolie, who calls Pitt, 47, "extraordinary," says he is a "great, loving father," adding that he's "a very, very intelligent man."
And when it comes to the couple's six children
, Jolie says she and Pitt were determined to raise a large family only "if we could be really hands-on and take the kids with us, seeing them every day."
"I'm always there on weekends," she says. "I only ever work a five-day week, and I am often there for breakfast or dinner. When I'm working, they come up at lunch. I love that I can have children."
As much as she loves her kids, Jolie understands the importance of their spending alone time with Pitt.
"It's special time for daddy when mom works for a few months," says the actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador. "And Brad is such a great dad. When I'm working, he's putting in the extra dad time, and that's special for their relationship, too."