Brad Pitt's Best Quotes About His Family

Actor opens up about his home life with wife Angelina Jolie and their six kids.

ByABC News
December 1, 2015, 4:53 AM

— -- Brad Pitt can't stop talking about his family.

The 51-year-old star waxed poetically about his wife Angelina Jolie, 40, and their six kids in a new interview with The Telegraph.

"You know, nowadays I really can’t wait to get home," he told the UK newspaper. "More than at any time in my life, I’ve got purpose -- real purpose. It feels like I’ve found my place."

Although he was promoting his new movie, "By the Sea," in which he stars opposite Jolie, who also directed the film, Pitt spent much of the interview talking about their life at home with their six children -- 7-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, Shiloh, nine, Zahara, 10, Pax, 11, and Maddox, 14.

Here are some of his best quotes about his family:

On His Wife

"I’m surprised how much our history -- Angie’s and mine -- means to me. That we have this story together. That we know each other. That we watch each other getting older, through amazing moments, joys, pains. That we know each other. It means so much to me. I don’t know. I’m just surprised, because you hear people talking about the old ball and chain, and people trying to recapture youth, as if that’s the impulse – but it’s not the impulse, it’s not the impulse at all."

The Joys of Parenting

"Everyone talks about the joy of having kids –- blah, blah, blah. But I never knew how much I could love something until I looked in the faces of my children."

Settling on Six

"Listen, Angie and I were aiming for a dozen, but we crapped out after six."


Pitt describes his family unit as "a lot of love, a lot of fighting, a lot of refereeing; a lot of teeth-brushing and spilling...Chaos, total chaos. But so much fun."


Pitt is the disciplinarian of the family. "I am with the boys. Girls do no wrong so I don’t have to be. I feel like my job is to show ’em around, help them find what they want to do with their life, put as many things in front of them, and pull them back when they get out of line, so they know who they are."

Giving the Kids a 'Normal' Childhood

"Our life is their normal. Because we’re migratory workers in a sense, they have this wonderful thing where they get to be students of the world. They have memories of being in Vietnam, or that time in Paris, or over in Calgary. The downside is friends, sleepovers, team sports -- these have been the challenges that we’ve had to work out. We do those things, but we really have to go out of our way. And Mom is a matador about it all -- she’s fantastic. We get their friends to us a lot. And then when we set up in one place for any length of time I get on the team sports, because I really want them to have that understanding of being on the team."

How Fatherhood Has Changed Him

"I think you can see it in my work. I was a pretty good actor before, but definitely hit and miss. I think I became a really good actor. I’m sure a lot of that has to do with age and wisdom too. But I see an absolute shift from the day I started my family. And I think it’s because family -- and certainly kids and a stable relationship -- is something bigger than yourself. They need you to sit down with them, be there for them when they wake up in the middle of the night. They need you. So I think that made me less tense about things, less stressed. And very clear that if I’m going to be doing something that’s going to take me away from my family, it better be something that I believe in, and that they’re going to see and be proud of their dad."