Los Angeles: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie found that her maternal instincts were particularly useful when directing on 'In the Land of Blood and Honey'.

The 36-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who raises children Maddox, 10, Pax, eight, Zahara, six, Shiloh, five and three-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, with partner Brad Pitt believes being a mother helped her while she worked on the Bosnian War love story, reported a magazine.

"There's constantly people asking you for something, so the multi-tasking of motherhood transfers very well to being a director. With all these other adults, you still feel this strange, nurturing, mothering quality for everybody," Jolie said.

She is best known for her roles in 'Salt' and 'Mr & Mrs Smith', but Jolie said she actually preferred working behind the scenes on her latest project.

"I loved watching another actress in the spotlight, do an extraordinary job, and I loved making her beautiful and interesting, protecting her emotions, and showing people her talent. It's all very bizarre. I still find it very strange. I don't know how I got here. I didn't intend to do this, really," she said.