He might have started his career as a heartthrob that drove women wild, but Brad Pitt, who just hit the half-century mark, has certainly evolved in his career and his family life. Once a bachelor linked to Gwyneth Paltrow, then the husband of Jennifer Aniston, Pitt is now the proud papa of six kids with Angelina Jolie.
And Maddox, Zahara, Pax, Shiloh, and twins Knox and Vivienne sure are lucky. In addition to being able to call one of Hollywood’s biggest actresses mama, they have a pretty cool dad as well. Find out why Brad Pitt is the dad you’ve always wanted.
1. He’s a globetrotter
Pitt’s work schedule demands that he travels across the globe, and he doesn’t always leave his kids behind. He’s often seen walking the streets abroad with his little ones in tow. Cultural lessons abound for the well-traveled Jolie-Pitt brood.
2. He owns a castle
Imagine having free roam of an expansive French chateau, Chateau Miraval to be precise. Maddox and company can play some serious games of hide-and-seek in the 35-bedroom estate, and they can probably have some memorable sleepovers as well.
3. Pony up
Playtime is especially fun at Pitt’s Chateau Miraval, which features ponies on its expansive grounds. Tired of playing with toys?
The Jolie-Pitt kiddos can head out on the castle grounds to play with and ride their very own ponies.
4. He stars in kid-friendly flicks
As the voice of Will the Krill in “Happy Feet 2,” Pitt is no stranger to starring in movies that appeal to even his youngest kids.
A free trip to the movie’s premiere is just one of the benefits of calling Pitt papa.
5. He brings the kids on the red carpet
Though the Jolie-Pitts like to maintain some privacy, Pitt doesn’t keep his kids from having fun.
Maddox, the oldest of the brood, was spotted on the red carpet with mom and dad in November 2013 preceding the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Governors Awards. That’s quite a date night.
6. He’s hands on
Brangelina tackles parenting together. Pitt is a hands-on papa and was spotted with his youngest, twins Knox and Vivienne, at Legoland, an oasis for little ones who love to build.
7. He loves their mama
Pitt isn’t shy when it comes to opening up about his relationship with Jolie. While the kids might be too young to appreciate it now, hearing just how much papa loves mama will certainly be meaningful to them as they mature.
8. He’s a dapper dude
Forget dad embarrassing you in front of your friends when your dad is Brad Pitt.
The hunky actor is one of Hollywood’s coolest cats, so his kids don’t have to worry about dad embarrassing him in front of their friends.
9. He lets them indulge
Pitt told CBS’ “Sunday Morning” in 2012 that he isn’t opposed to giving his kids a jolt of energy with some old-fashioned Coca-Cola. Cheers, Jolie-Pitt kids!
10. He’s breeding budding stars
Pitt let his oldest, Maddox, make a cameo in his film “World War Z.” If any other Jolie-Pitt kids want to act, they’ve got a top-notch coach in dad Brad.