May 21, 2013 09:25 AM
Brad 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?
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