Brad Pitt is entering his fifth decade as a professional actor. He’s handsome enough that you want to hate him, but the quality of his work—most recently in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood—and his rocky personal life make it impossible.
Because as great as it is to be Brad Pitt, a rich, famous, successful sex symbol, living with constant paparazzi attention is definitely not great. It’s inescapable, in the wake of high profile divorces from Jennifer Anniston and Angelina Jolie, two of the most famous actresses in the world.
Having to dodge photographers—and seeing them accost your son, who didn’t ask for any of this—would be enough to drive plenty of people nuts, but Pitt seems at peace with the life he’s built.
“It’s a beautiful day here in L.A. We got it well, we got it really good,” Pitt said, correctly, in an interview with People before last Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. “I got friends, I got lovely kids, I like my coffee, I like my dogs. I’ve got no complaints.”
Of course, if Pitt let the bad parts of fame drag him down his immense professional success and life’s simple pleasures wouldn’t mean much. But he actually seems pretty chill about the whole situation.
In an interview with Marc Maron for the latter’s podcast earlier this year, Pitt joked about living in the crosshairs of the paparazzi for so many years.
“Aw, man. Aw, man. I’m just, like, trash mag fodder because of my disaster of a personal life probably, most likely.”
Pitt is proof that even if you’re personal life is a “disaster,” you can still be a good parent. He and Jolie share six kids: Maddox, 18, Pax, 16, Zahara, 15, Shiloh, 13, and Knox, 11. And by all accounts, he’s a great dad in less than ideal circumstances.
So while there are many things that set Brad Pitt apart, if you’re a dedicated dad with a self-deprecating sense of humor and a dog then you’re more alike than you might suspect. Just don’t expect your own Oscar nomination any time soon.