In 2007, the lives of an orphan boy named Pham Quang Sang from Vietnam was forever changed when he was adopted by Hollywood stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Prior to his adoption, Pax spent his childhood under the care of Tam Binh orphanage fostering center in HCMC. During a trip to Vietnam in 2006, Angelina saw Pax and decided to adopt him, changing his name to Pax Thien Jolie, which means “peaceful sky.” The first snapshot of Pax in the US was exclusively sold for $2.7 million to People magazine. Pax had to quickly learn English to communicate with his new family, but he remained a recluse and disliked the attention of journalists. Despite this, he emotionally adores and safeguards children, and as a child, he was praised for always walking behind and quietly paying attention to family members whenever they went out.
Angelina Jolie spent a significant amount of time settling Pax Thien into their new life in the US, and caring for him. In an interview with Vogue, she shared that adopting him was not her initial plan due to his Cambodian origins, but she is grateful to have him as her son now after many years. Previously, Pax Thien was restricted by paparazzi, but he has transformed immensely, becoming the backbone of their family and offering unwavering support to his mother and younger sisters. Despite his introverted and reserved nature, he has grown even closer to Angelina Jolie since the divorce of Brad Pitt and has undergone significant changes. He opted not to attend his brother Maddox’s graduation in 2021 to avoid attention.
Following Angelina Jolie’s divorce from Brad Pitt, Pax Thien has become a significant member of the Jolie-Pitt household. With Brad absent and their son Maddox attending a distant school, Pax Thien is the sole male in the family. Despite his youth, he has demonstrated exceptional maturity and resilience. People Magazine reports that Pax Thien is passionate about photography and film-making. He even travelled with his mother to Cambodia while she was filming “First They Killed My Father.” The Jolie-Pitts also went to Rome last June to show support for Angelina during the production of “Without Blood.”