By Kerri Geringswald
Celebrity Status: Brad Pitt started his acting career in television shows like Dallas, Another World, and Growing Pains. But it was his roles in movies Thelma & Louise and A River Runs Through It that sealed his hotter than hot status in Hollywood. His latest movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has given him his second Oscar nomination, and a new perspective on life. “Angie and I do not fight anymore,” Pitt recently told US Magazine. “What occurred to me on this film, and also with the passing of her mother [actress Marcheline Bertrand in 2007], is that there’s going to come a time when I’m not going to get to be with this person anymore. I’m not going to get to be with my children anymore. Or friends, people I love and respect. And so, if we have a flare-up, it evaporates now.”
Relationship status: Pitt had long-term relationships with Juliette Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow before he married Jennifer Aniston in 2000. After seven years together, the pair famously divorced in 2005. “We still check in with each other,” says Pitt of Aniston. “She was a big part of my life, and me hers. I don’t see how there cannot be [that].” Pitt met Angelina Jolie on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005, and the couple have been together ever since.
Who Calls Him Dad: How much time do you have? Pitt and Jolie have a whole camp of happy children: Maddox, 7, Pax, 5, Zahara, 4, Shiloh, 3, and twins Knox & Vivienne, 1. “Having children takes the focus off yourself, which I’m really grateful for,’ says Pitt. “You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is the most extraordinary thing I’ve ever taken on.”
You can collectively sigh now, ladies.
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Drool-worthy Dad: Brad Pitt