brad-pitt-esquire-230.jpgBrad Pitt has long been regarded as the quintessential Hollywood movie star, but the actor now considers himself a family man, first and foremost.

In an interview with Esquire, Brad told the magazine that he's never been happier in life, thanks to his family.

    I have very few friends. I have a handful of close friends and I have my family and I haven't known life to be any happier. I'm making things. I just haven't known life to be any happier.

Brad gave the interview in early April, one month after his fiance Angelina Jolie began undergoing the three-month long series of surgeries that would end a month later with her preventative double mastectomy. The World War Z star's words ring truer now in the wake of Angie's big reveal.

He also discussed his insurmountable love for his six children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne. The budding photographer said his kids' raucous noise is music to his ears.

    I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big. I wanted there to be chaos in the house … there's constant chatter in our house, whether it's giggling or screaming or crying or banging. I love it. I love it. I love it. I hate it when they’re gone. I hate it. Maybe it's nice to be in a hotel room for a day -- 'Oh, nice, I can finally read a paper.' But then, by the next day, I miss that cacophony, all that life.

Although he's now on the straight and narrow, Brad said he thought his recreational drug use had damaged him for good 10 years ago.

    For a long time I thought I did too much damage -- drug damage. I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired. I followed that other thing. I spent years f***ing off. But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago. It was an epiphany -- a decision not to squander my opportunities. It was a feeling of get up. Because otherwise, what's the point?