It’s hilarious to me that People Magazine used this nearly year-old photo of Brad Pitt for this week’s cover! On Monday night, Brad attended the NYC premiere of Killing Them Softly, so it’s not like People didn’t have completely new pics to choose from. Instead, they went with a W Magazine photo from the February 2012 issue. To honor People’s choice, I’m including more shots from the old W Magazine shoot, just because. I love “Heartthrob Brad”. He turns 49 years old in a few weeks, and he’s still capable of pulling the “Legends of the Fall” Card. Anyway, here’s more of Brad’s People Mag interview:
Thinking back over 2012, Brad Pitt acknowledges it’s been a big year for his “familia” since proposing to Angelina Jolie – whom he affectionately calls “Mama” – last April.
“It’s been a family type of year, a down-home type of year,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “Mama’s worked more. And quite frankly I’ve really enjoyed it.”
The actor, whose Mob drama, Killing Them Softly, hits theaters Friday, chatted with PEOPLE between bites of his dinner with 4-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne, at their rental home outside of London. While he stopped short of confirming a wedding date, he did reveal what the couple have in mind for their big day: “Just family,” Pitt says. “Keep it simple. Keep it simple – really.”
For now, the actor is looking forward to being reunited with the rest of his brood – Maddox, 11, Pax, 9, Zahara, 7, and Shiloh, 6 – who were in Cambodia working on the family’s foundation with Jolie.
Has fatherhood made him a better man? “Absolutely,” Pitt says. Being a dad “takes you right off yourself.”
As for turning 50 next year, the actor insists he’s taking it all in stride. “This is what I think about: ‘Okay, you’re way over the mid-point [of your life]. You don’t know how much time you have left,’ ” Pitt says. “I want to enjoy this year more than ever.”
So much wonderfulness in one short interview. Brad calls Angelina “Mama”? Amazing! Mama Jolie. Does she call him “Daddy”? That just made me kind of hot. I know, I know, it’s about their kids. But I bet she calls him “Daddy” in other areas too.
Brad also has a new interview with Good Morning America, although we don’t have any video from that (yet). Here are some selected quotes from his GMA piece:
For actor Brad Pitt, life changed completely when he had children.
“It turns everything on its head,” Pitt said in an interview with ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas that aired today on “Good Morning America.” “I love it. I love it.”
Pitt, 48, and actress Angelina Jolie, 37, have six children. Ensuring a sense of normalcy for their brood — Maddox, 11, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 6, and 4-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne — is very important to the recently engaged pair.
Asked what city the family called home, Pitt said they had several “base camps.” They spend a great deal of their time in New Orleans, but Pitt said they also have a home in Los Angeles because he and Jolie work a lot there, and they’re trying to establish another base in Europe, primarily for their children.
“They get more sense of normalcy there. We’re not as hounded at certain places there,” he said, speaking of the media attention on his famous family. “France, especially. They have rules about … photographing kids. And I think they’re more sensitive to it after the Diana incident,” he said, referring to the strict regulations governing paparazzi in France after Princess Diana was killed in 1997 in Paris, the victim of a high-speed car crash as her driver attempted to elude photographers.
Pitt also said the French “think they’re as cool as anyone else,” and allowed his family members to get on with their day. “We’re not being bothered” there, he said.
The actor turns 49 next month, and he’s already thinking ahead to the big 5-0.
“I’ve given a lot of thought to it,” he said. “You become very aware of time. I think also being a father, you become very — everything’s time allocation for me now … spending my time wisely and doing the things that are important to me.”
Apparently, Brad didn’t get the memo about Duchess Kate’s Crumpet-gate, which went down in France. But yes, the French (and to a lesser degree, the Brits) have rules and laws and editorial policies in place so that celebrity children aren’t as photographed. Whatever, dude. Brad and Angie will let their kids be seen at certain times because it helps their agendas too – just like every other celebrity parent.
Photos courtesy of W Magazine, cover courtesy of People Magazine.