Brad Pitt Talks Downsides To Fame And Being ‘Optimistic’ About ‘The Possibility Of Connection’ In ‘GQ’ Interview

Brad Pitt talks about fame and what draws him to movies these days in a new interview with GQ.

Pitt, 55, who has been busy promoting his new movie “Ad Astra”, says of acting: “Something that always bugs me is when they say, ‘Well, he’s an actor,’ or ‘She’s an actor, actress, actor.’ Meaning the connotation is that you go and fake something.

“And acting is the exact opposite. I just want to get that on the record. It bugs the s**t out of me.”

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The star adds of how hard it is for him to walk around outside his home, saying of New York in particular: “It’s always been tough for me. Just the paparazzi. I can’t have freedom there. So without that—it takes the fun out of it.”

Pitt also talks about the “possibility of connection” in terms of spirituality, admitting he’s “optimistic” about it.

Credit: Lachlan Bailey/GQ
Credit: Lachlan Bailey/GQ

He tells the mag, “I’ve gone through everything. Like, I cling to religion. I grew up with Christianity. Always questioned it, but it worked at times. And then when I got on my own, I completely left it and I called myself agnostic. Tried a few spiritual things but didn’t feel right.

“Then I called myself an atheist for a while, just kind of being rebellious. I wasn’t really. But I kinda labeled myself that for a while. It felt punk rock enough. And then I found myself coming back around to just belief in—I hate to use the word spirituality, but just a belief in that we’re all connected.”

Pitt then discusses aging and changing his attitude towards the work he’s doing.

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He says, “It’s just getting f**king older! How you become more aware of time, and you’ve had more experience, good and bad, with people. And your own wins and losses—the older you get, they don’t seem like so much of a win or so much of a loss.

“Who you spend your time with, how you spend time—it has just become much more important to me.

“I hit this point in the late ’90s or early 2000s, where I realized I was chasing these interesting [roles], yet I was failing to live as interesting a life as I thought I could.”

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