holding his and Angelina Jolie's daughter Zahara, waves upon his
arrival at Tokyo's international airport at Narita on Nov. 27, 2005.
Pitt says being a father has changed his priorities. (AP
Brad Pitt says being a father has changed his priorities. "Man, I got
kids now," the 42-year-old actor said in an interview that aired Monday on
NBC's "Today" show. "It completely changes your perspective. And certainly
takes the focus off yourself, which I'm really grateful for."
Pitt is working with Global Green USA, a national environmental
organization, on a competition to choose ecologically sound designs for
rebuilding neighborhoods in post-Katrina New Orleans. Last week, he got
his first up-close look at the devastation that remains almost a year
"I've had my day," Pitt said. "I made some films and I've really had a
very fortunate life. And it's time for me to share that a bit."
Pitt and his partner, Angelina Jolie, have three children, 6-week-old
Shiloh, 18-month-old Zahara and 4-year-old Maddox. Jolie, 31, has traveled
the globe as a UN goodwill
"I'm so tired of thinking about myself. I'm kinda sick of myself," said Pitt, who was
nominated for an Oscar for his role in 1995's "Twelve Monkeys." His screen
credits also include "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" with Jolie, "Legends of the
Fall" and the upcoming "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward
He said being a parent is "a true joy."
"Best thing I ever did," he said. "You know, you can write a book, you
can make a movie, you can draw, paint a painting, but having kids is
really the most extraordinary thing I've ever taken on."
"And, man, if I can get a burp out of that
(baby), that little thing," said Pitt,
referring to daughter Shiloh, "I'll feel such a sense of accomplishment."