Brad’s been doing the rounds promoting his latest movie Tree of Life, and, since it’s a movie about fatherhood, he’s talking a lot about being a dad to (OMG, seriously) 6 kids under 9, 3 adopted, 3 biological, from 5 different countries. KU-DOS. Right?
Brad (47) really opened up about the challenges and rewards of being a dad in a great interview with USA Today, which they’re calling his “first extensive interview since 2009.” Here are some fab snippets….
On the responsibilities of fatherhood….
Kids hold up a mirror to you…. You can’t make excuses…. You’ve got to make sure they’ve brushed their teeth and eaten a good breakfast. You want to be present if they wake up with a bad dream.
On his anxieties of fatherhood….
[Fears about their safety] keep me up at night…. We’re hunted…. Our kids have to live behind a gate. Outside, there are people with cameras…. But I’ll take the trade-off. I never knew I was capable of experiencing so much love.
On marrying the mother of his children, Angelina Jolie (they’ve said they won’t get married until gay people have the right)….
The kids ask about marriage…. It’s meaning more and more to them. So it’s something we’ve got to look at.
On travelling with with all those kidlets….
On the road, we’re a military mobile unit…. The kids have got their stuff down to one backpack, and they’re each responsible for their own bag. Mom does the packing; she’s quite gifted at that. Puts in just what we need — nothing extra…. We’re pretty nomadic…. We go where the crops are.
On normalizing their “extreme” family life….
[Our family life] seems a bit extreme…. [But] I like extremes. I guess I’ve always operated that way…. Angie and I do everything we can to carve out some semblance of normalcy for them, to re-create the kinds of moments that were special for us. It’s not unusual for the kids to be covered in paint. We have mud fights. It’s chaos from morning until the lights go out, and sometimes after that.
On making time for loooove….
There are no secrets at our house…. We tell the kids, “Mom and Dad are going off to kiss.” They go, “Eww, gross!” But we demand it.
On the future of his career….
Will I be acting when I’m 80? …Definitely not.
On biking when he’s 80….
I hope to keep riding motorcycles…until I can’t stand up anymore.
What’d you think, Gorgeouses? For more of this great interview, CHECKIT! I’m off to interview America’s Got Talent semi-finalist Jackie Evancho, and I’m bringing my daughter. If any of you are in Toronto, come visit me at the Dundas Square event 11-3:30. Jackie’s on at 12:30.