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Brad Pitt: I'm Really Proud of My Family

Brad Pitt: I'm Really Proud of My Family

Brad Pitt sat down for another interview with Today Show‘s Ann Curry to talk about his Make It Right Foundation project in New Orleans. He also talked a bit about his family:

On his six children: “I’m really proud of this family. I look at my sons and daughters. … I feel rich being around them. Each one offers so much to the mix.”

On why he doesn’t talk much about his family in interviews: “I just walk away feeling bad about it when I do. It seems to get cheapened somehow as it goes through the filter and the airwaves. I just want to keep it close to the chest.”

On if he’d marry Angelina Jolie: “If we feel it’s important to our kids, we would.”

Be sure to watch Brad on Thursday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show. It’s his first time ever on the show!

Brad Pitt – “Today Show”, 12/2
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  • soopx

    Love this Beautiful Man.A Good Soul.

  • lsam

    I missed this interview this morning. I saw only Heidi Klum. Thanks JJ for the video. You are the best.

  • Bella

    Who wouldn’t want to be with this man…gorgeous Braddy. Hopefully they will indeed tie the knot..cant wait for that big event to happen!! The most beautiful Bride and Groom ever!!

  • soopx

    Thank-You!! Jared for this Thread.

  • gina

    He really is such a good man with all he has done for New Orleans and with his family.

  • PersianCutie

    he looks great and he is so proud of his family.

    goos job Brad. keep those great feeling for yourself. you are good man inside and out.

    kudos to your MIR’s project. keep doing great works.

  • Yo!!!!!

    Brad & Angelina are the BEST COUPLE IN THE WORLD!!!!!

  • Mr and Mrs Smith

    Families move into homes that Pitt built :)

    By STACEY PLAISANCE – 17 minutes ago

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) – It was a bittersweet moment for Brad Pitt, walking through the Lower 9th Ward neighborhood where families were preparing to spend their first holidays since Hurricane Katrina.

    Those families are moving into the first six houses built through Pitt’s Make It Right foundation. One home was already strewn with green garland, lights, wreaths and red bows.

    Still, Pitt is restless.

    “I’m really happy for the families that are going to be here, but I can’t help but think about the families that aren’t,” Pitt said Monday. “It’s a push-pull for me. The excitement is that it’s being proven, that it’s working. The frustration is that we have a long way to go.”

    Make It Right was launched by Pitt a year ago. The program calls for construction of 150 energy-efficient homes in a section of New Orleans washed away when Katrina broke levees Aug. 29, 2005.

    So far, six homes have been built. Two more are under way, and construction on another 14 begins in early 2009. Pitt smiles, gets a little giddy even, when talking about where the project will be in another year.

    “You’re going to see 100 homes here, mark my words,” he said. “It’s nice to see a few, but I’m anxious to see 100, 150, 1,000.”

    Pitt said that by December 2009, the Lower 9th Ward should be one of the nation’s largest “green” neighborhoods.

    “It’s amazing,” he said. “This place that suffered such injustice and so much death can become one of the primary examples of a high-performance neighborhood. It really is amazing.”

    Inez Converse, 71, isn’t concerned about her area setting any records. She’s just happy to be back in the neighborhood she lived in for more than 35 years before Katrina. And she said she was glad she had the chance to thank Pitt personally.

    “He didn’t have to do this,” she said. “I’m just grateful he is doing it.”

    Monday was a busy day for Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie, who appeared at a screening of Pitt’s new film “The Curious case of Benjamin Button.” The couple – Pitt in a suit and tie and Jolie in a form-fitting cream L’Wren Scott dress – was the highlight of the red-carpet event.

    The film, which also stars Cate Blanchett, opens Dec. 25. But because it was filmed in New Orleans in 2006 and 2007, Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. held a special screening here.

    “It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous film,” said Pitt, who in the movie plays a man who begins life as elderly and grows younger with time. “It’s a film that makes you want to hug your kids and call your folks.”

    Pitt also described the movie as “a love letter to New Orleans.”

    “There’s a sense of magic here, so it made this fantastic story almost believable,” he said.

    Pitt said his fondness for the city led him and Jolie to buy an early-1830s masonry mansion in the French Quarter. Pitt said the home was recently renovated to accommodate the needs of the couple and their six children. He quashed recent rumors that the couple had sold their home.

    While the homes built by Pitt’s project are more contemporary than the Creole cottages and shotgun-style homes typical of New Orleans, they incorporate some elements used in the area for generations, such as high ceilings and shaded porches.

    The homes also have solar panels and other features that help cut energy bills by at least 75 percent, Pitt said. Other architectural elements addresses challenges of the area, including ventilation and mold- and termites-resistant materials.

    “The misunderstanding of architecture is that it’s all about aesthetics,” Pitt said. “It’s not. First and foremost, it’s about function.”

    The homes, costing $150,000 on average, are for property owners who can pay insurance and taxes. Monthly payments are based on applicants’ income and subsidized by Pitt’s foundation.

    Pitt said his motivation to see this project through stems from a lot of things, among them his “love for architecture, a love for technology, a love for fairness and justice.” But it also stems from his love “for all things New Orleans.”

    “There’s just something about this place,” he said.

  • Janey

    How weird! Brad & AJ have to ask their kids whether they should get married or not? They’re all under 6 years old!

  • marina

    this interview was nice. Good that the talked about papz, they must be really bad near their kids.

    I really hope his BB movie does great.

  • sharon

    Thanks jj for the new thread. Brad is a great man and he is freaking gorgeous.

  • marina

    janey… some day they can tell them, it is not as if they are the only couple like them in HW or in America… PLEASE.
    Their decisions are asked around because they are famous, but there are many people who chooses to stay unmarried for a variety of reasons, all valid to them.

  • mike

    love him!!!!!


    Mr and Mrs Smith @ 12/02/2008 at 3:52 pm

    Families move into homes that Pitt built :)

    Thanks so wonderful that some families got to have Thanksgiving in their new home. When I saw my water bill I wanted to have one of those homes that uses rain water for flushing toilets. and watered the lawn.

    Thanks to everyone for all the links. Love the one where Brad says the kids can’t go into show biz until there 18.

  • The real deal

    momolo @ 12/02/2008 at 3:54 pm

    Yes, lets forget all the good things that he has done, besides its only poor people who have lost their homes. No, the only thing that really matters is that Brad Pitt bruised his rich EX wifes ego. She’s the only one that matters, lets just keep beating that dead horse. Now, does that make you feel better?

  • credit to

    The ‘Curious Case’ of Brangelina

    Posted by ExtraTV Staff on December 2, 2008 5:49 AM

    Hollywood super couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie headed to New Orleans last night to promote Pitt’s new flick, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” — and declared their love for the Big Easy!

    “It’s a gorgeous film and a love letter to New Orleans,” Brad tells The Times-Picayune. Pitt and Jolie have been vocal about their love for the city since buying a house in the French Quarter a couple years ago. “I love it that my kids and my family can move around the city and enjoy a sense of normalcy,” adds Brad.

    “My kids are happy here,” Angie said. “It’s such a unique community — it feels very different than any part of the States.”

    Brad’s Make It Right foundation is currently rebuilding homes in New Orleans that were devastated after Hurricane Katrina. “I see things happening,” Brad says of the foundation’s steady progress. “Finally, things are happening.”

    “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” opens December 25.

  • sonia

    hello fans, brad Pitt is on cine max in the Mexican, he is so good and cute, hehehehe he is so proud of his lovely family, as he should be, he waited his whole life for them. it’s been my experience that older parents make great parents because they are more patient, and have finished most of the things they wanted to achieve in life so they can actually focus more on the children and every little thing they do. but all parents are great, just an observation.

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    Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie attend Elmwood screening of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
    by Mary Sparacello, The Times-Picayune
    Tuesday December 02, 2008, 7:38 AM
    Movie executives transformed Elmwood into Hollywood on Monday as reporters from Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood filmed Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie walking the red carpet to promote locally shot “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

    “It’s a gorgeous film and a love letter to New Orleans,” Pitt said, standing on the red carpet, formerly the westernmost exit of the AMC Palace 20 Elmwood.

    Directed by David Fincher, whose credits also include “Se7en,” “Fight Club” and “Zodiac,” the movie stars Pitt as a man who is born elderly and grows younger. The love of his life is played by Cate Blanchett, who ages normally, and the couple intersect at middle-age.

    Monday’s invitation-only cast-and-crew screening was the film’s first showing locally. It opens Dec. 25.

    The film’s producer, Frank Marshall (“The Sixth Sense,” Back to the Future,”) said the decision to film the movie in New Orleans was based both on state’s film-industry tax incentives and the look of New Orleans.

    “It’s so rich in history and character and people and food and music,” Marshall said. “All things I love.”

    The F. Scott Fitzgerald novel on which the movie is based is set in Baltimore. But Marshall said, “I can’t imagine shooting this movie anywhere else.”

    Jolie and Pitt, who bought a house in the French Quarter a couple years ago, separately talked with reporters on the red carpet, and both said they have fallen in love with the city.

    “I love it that my kids and my family can move around the city and enjoy a sense of normalcy,” Pitt said.

    “My kids are happy here,” Jolie said. “It’s such a unique community. . . . It feels very different than any other part of the States.”

    Jolie wore a simple cream L’Wren Scott dress hemmed just below her knees and dangling diamond earrings from a local shop, M.S. Rau Antiques.

    She and Pitt have six children, three biological and three adopted from other countries. She said her children like to get po-boys at Verdi Mart, a deli about three blocks from their French Quarter home.

    Pitt’s Make It Right foundation is rebuilding homes in the Lower 9th Ward. Progress is “wonderful and it’s horrible,” Pitt said. He explained his remarks by saying that six families are in their homes but he wishes that number could be in the thousands. He said that by this time next year, 100 homes will be finished.

    Pitt said he’s happy to see progress in rebuilding around New Orleans.

    “I see things happening,” he said. “Finally things are happening.”

    Jennifer Day, director of the New Orleans Office of Film and Video, said the movie “showcases the beauty and the magic of the city.”

    She said there are 20 major film and television projects in the region this year, with annual budgets of a combined $275 million. She said “Button,” which cost an estimated $150 million to make, and the 2006 Denzel Washington thriller “Dejà Vu,” are the two biggest movies that have been made recently in New Orleans.

    Among the others who walked the red carpet Monday were heavyweight producer Kathleen Kennedy, Rita Benson LeBlanc and Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard.

    “This is an industry that is a godsend for a community like ours,” Broussard said. He said Jefferson Parish rented out space in a warehouse for movie props, such as a giant clock that features prominently in the production.

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    Angelina: Hate To See Her Go, Love To Watch Her Leave

    Posted by Jarett Wieselman at 9:47 AM on December 2, 2008

    Most women would be content to have either a gorgeous husband, a stunning family, a thriving career, great beauty or one of the most generous spirits imaginable — it would take a real greedy women to want all five. But for some reason Angelina Jolie doesn’t seem like the kind of person who intentionally chased after any of those things, they just sort of happened.

    It’s like “The Perfect Storm: Personality Edition.”

    She gave great face last night at a screening of perfect partner Brad Pitt’s new movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” as she made her way into the theater.

    Most women would loathe being photographed from behind while craning their necks, but it’s not like Angelina has a “good side” — she’s pretty perfect 360 degrees.

  • credit to

    Brad and Angelina in N.O. for Screening

    The New Orleans Office of Film and Video says the city is about to wrap up a record year for movie-making, and one of the first films to be shot in the city after Katrina is getting ready to hit the big screen. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button doesn’t hit theaters until Christmas Day, but Monday night, the movie’s producers and stars were in town for a special screening the Palace 20 in Elmwood. Among that star studded crowd was one of New Orleans’ most famous residents, Brad Pitt.

    Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in the movie, an unusual story of a man who was born in his eighties and ages backwards. The story is set in the 1920′s in New Orleans. Much of it was filmed in a New Orleans Garden District mansion, blocks from St. Charles Ave.

    Pitt said, “it (New Orleans) made the magic believable.” Angelina Jolie, who was with Pitt for the screening, said “it (Benjamin Button) touches on deep love, but it also touches on death and people who move with us through life.” image

    Benjamin Button was filmed all across the New Orleans Region, in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany Parishes and for nearly 100 days. “That’s basically about three movies worth of shooting days just for one project,” said Jennifer Day, New Orleans Office of Film and Video Director. She said they even helped in rebuilding efforts while filming. “If they chose a location that they wanted to use for the project, and it needed sprucing up or refurbishing, they absolutely did that,” said Day.

    Benjamin Button is one of 20 film and tv projects that is setting up New Orleans for a record breaking year. Day said, “those 20 projects equal total budgets of an estimated $275 million.” She said at least half of that is spent locally.

    So, why New Orleans? “With the film business, it’s all about money, and they (filmmakers) came here because it’s all about economics they can mount this here, ” said Pitt. Louisiana’s tax incentives are a huge draw, and Day said add to that the region’s strong local talent base.

    Local actress Donna Duplantier said, “I’m actually the mother of the young gentleman in the beginning of the film who passes away during the war.”

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    Benjamin Button Premier

    December 1, 2008

    One of the first films made in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina had its premier tonight in Elmwood.

    Brad Pitt and his partner Angelina Jolie came out to support his film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    Pitt credits the city of New Orleans with making the dream of this film come to life. Pitt says, “There’s a magic and rhythm to this place. You could almost believe that the film would happen and also the extras. That’s we had here. There’s such a great flavor to the film and the people that worked on it.”

    Pitt and Jolie say they fell in love with this city the first time they visited. Jolie explains, “Our kids love it here and they love it when we get to stay here for long periods of time. They love the schools; they love the other kids, the other parents. It’s just…it’s hard to explain. We just felt at home.”

    Local experts like Loyola professor of video technology, Jim Gabour, say more and moiré film makers are turning their sights on the Big Easy because of lucrative tax credits.

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie say they plan on spending a lot more time here. As Pitt explains, this film will let people in on just why he and others think New Orleans is so special. “It certainly treats New Orleans with respect and it just kind of magnifies the view of New Orleans itself as I’ve said New Orleans doesn’t need us to find itself; it does so on its own” Pitt says

  • credit to

    Brad Pitt extolls virtues of N.O. at film premiere
    Monday, December 1, 2008
    Scott Satchfield / Eyewitness News

    At the premiere of the expected blockbuster – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – in Harahan Monday night, the stars were out. They were quick to talk about the Crescent City’s rise in the movie industry, and how it’s setting impacted the film.

    Brad Pitt at the premiere of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Elmwood Monday night.

    Brad Pitt plays lead in the film. He and wife Angelina Jolie say the movie thrived because of its location.

    “Well it was big tax breaks that brought us here. I mean, that’s not my department, but that’s what brought us here,” said Pitt. “I’m telling you, it did something else for the film. It suddenly grounded it in a way that wouldn’t have worked in other places. You know, there’s magic and rhythms to New Orleans, that something mystical could happen here.”

    It was a vibe that was critical for a movie about a man who ages backwards.

    “From what I saw visiting the set, just all of the local people from the crew to the actors — they come with such wonderful commitment and it’s also such a creative place,” added Jolie.

    While the city offers charm and mystery to films, the industry brings in much-needed cash to the area.

    Louisiana has become a major hub for movies — some have dubbed it “Hollywood South.”

    And New Orleans is getting a nice piece of the pie. Officials with the city’s Office of Film and Video say the metro area hosted more than 20 major movie and television projects in 2008, which brought in budgets of more than $275 million.

    Jennifer Day, the film office’s director, says it all adds up to a record-breaking year for films in New Orleans.

    “That is absolutely back up to any Pre-Katrina levels that existed, and we’re hoping to keep up the pace in 2009,” Day said.

    Day cautions, the current economic climate could put a dent in things. But, points to an already healthy slate of projects set for the coming year.

    Producers for ‘Benjamin Button’ aren’t surprised to hear that.

    “We’re hoping the legacy that we’ve left here from ‘Benjamin Button’ is reinvigorating the film industry (here), and a place where a lot more movies will be made,” said producer Frank Marshall.

    “I think it offers an enthusiasm for one. I think there’s a tremendous potential crew base here, that can make films and I think that the locations are a wide variety of looks and feeling to such a beautiful city, that it really offers a lot of opportunity,” said producer Kathleen Kennedy.

    ‘Benjamin Button’ was originally scheduled for filming in Boston, but plans changed, and producers say New Orleans gave them exactly what they were looking for.

    Brad Pitt is an on-and-off New Orleans resident himself – someone who has become a cheerleader for the city.

    But ask the actor if he’s spreading the word about the city’s place in filmmaking, and he’ll tell you, that isn’t necessary.
    “I don’t have to speak for New Orleans. New Orleans speaks pretty well for itself as it is,” Pitt said.

  • PersianCutie

    jared honey! i don’t like this new thing in your blog. is it permanent? it is bad. there is no space between posts. please change it. it is your blog though. hahahaha

    by the way , didn’t Brad say afew hours ago how blogs change his quotes about his family? look they already are doing it. check google already! they are on it already. some blogs are so annoying. i really hope we will get to see the kids before they leave NOLA. good night everyone.

  • Brangie

    Brangie will tie the knot .

  • !

    Boy is he the opposite of Angie when it comes to talking about his family, I think I would feel the same as he does but it’s wonderful to see how he and Angie just let each other be who they are.

  • hello


    As parents to six kids, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie already have commitment to each other. But the actor says he’d consider making it legal – if later on it becomes important to the couple’s children.

    Asked by Ann Curry on Tuesday’s Today show if he and Jolie plan to tie the knot, Pitt replied, “Listen, if we feel it’s important to our kids, we will do so.”

    But right now the actor, who currently stars in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, says their focus is raising their kids.

    “I’m really proud of this family,” says Pitt, who adds that the children’s diverse background (Maddox, 7, is from Cambodia; Pax, 5, from, Vietnam; and Zahara, 3, from Ethiopia) doesn’t change the fact that they are “brothers and sisters.”

    “I feel rich, I just feel rich being around them. It’s a rich home. Each one of them offers so much to the mix.”

    Still, even a superstar finds such a big brood challenging at time. “Surprisingly, six kids is not as easy as you would think,” he says wryly.

  • noway

    do their kids eat anything besides candy and dorritos?

  • Dancer

    Thanks Jared for the interview!! I missed it first time round. Love what he is doing for NOLA!

  • STOP

    noway @ 12/02/2008 at 4:27 pm

    do their kids eat anything besides candy and dorritos?

    You posted this twice or more. B&A are rich. They have a chef. Now stop posting that stupid question.

  • hello

    credit: jjb

    Check out this little clip show we’ve complied for you of 24 hours in the life of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Brad rides his bike, then picks up his lovely partner Angie for the New Orleans premiere of the The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. In addition to spending time with his family and at film premieres, Brad is also working on his Make It Right project, which provides affordable housing to low-income families. Brad sat down with Ann Curry to discuss his charity work and his ever expanding family. Check it out here


  • juju

    noway @ 12/02/2008 at 4:40 pm

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    Poor thing… You know what’s sad? The fact that you’re MENTALLY ILL. Stop making up stories about Angelina and get HELP.

  • senior

    This is great, another thread on Brad /Angie . Thanks jared. Thanks to the fans posting interviews, video clips,and articles. Have a good evening fJP fans. MF lots of new pictures for your videos!!! :)

  • the real lou

    Thank you to everyone to who posted articles/interviews.

    Where the heck is BDJ today?

  • juju

    lORDHELPME @ 12/02/2008 at 4:42 pm

    Tell me ritzy what did you get from spending the last almost 4 years obsessing, hating and making up stories about Angelina? So much time and effort for what? Poor crazy ritzy gal… :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


    Juju – who the hell is ritzy sweetheart?x

  • hanha

    Great interview. He is real and honest. Love him.

  • juju

    lORDHELPME @ 12/02/2008 at 4:53 pm

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    See you don’t even know who you’re are anymore :lol: :lol: Poor thing.

    You need to stop wasting you’re obssesing, making up stories… about Angelina and Brad and get HELP.


    I actually do have help, I have a great nanny, cleaner and chef, thanks for your suggestions. But Juju sorry honey, you’ve not quite stolen my heart yet, that still belongs to JILL. Oh and Angelina and her needle stash obviously.

  • http://justjared Felinelilly

    Thanks for the new thread Jared. I’m a thread behind and here’s another one. Brad and Angelina looked really good at the premiere last night. :) I admire them for all the good they do for people.

  • Faye88

    Thanks Jared for the new thread and the video. I missed it this morning, so it was great that you posted it. The Make it Right homes are incredible and I have nothing but admiration for Brad. He done good.

    Thanks credit to & MAMS for the latest articles.

  • guli

    Thanks Jared!!! Hello to all JP fans :-)

    Here is another video re RC… cr. jjb

  • Vanessa

    I think he truly wants to marry Angelina–they should. I think the children would love it. He seems to be a great person and loves her and these kids.

  • juju

    lORDHELPME @ 12/02/2008 at 5:00 pm


    Poor crazy, desilusional ritzy gal :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: The time and effort you put in to this :lol: :lol: and for what?

    You really need to stop wasting you’re obsessing, making up stories… about Angelina and Brad and get some MENTAL help.

  • bdj

    Thanks for all the threads on BP, the Benjamin Button Red Carpet Screening in New Orleans and all the articles on the MIR Project. AJ looked beautiful in her winter white. Thanks for all the videos and Links. Thanks for all the threads Just Jared.

  • bdj

    The troll(s) have been having a meltdown on three threads so far. BP and AJ bring up the best in the troll(s), 24/7. Too funny. Take a break Troll. You can’t break the Jolie-Pitts. They are striving in their careers, have 6 adorable children and doing some good in the world. It is all good.

  • juju

    wasting you’re = wasting your time

  • anoble

    Thanks for the new thread Jared.
    It’s wonderful to hear how well MIR is doing. Brad and Angie’s humanitarian works are an inspiration.

    waving to Felinelilly, Faye88, senior, soopx, irma (loved the chocolates), tlol1365, vickifromtexas, ebmo, Neleh

  • an oldie

    To Juju: Please don’t answer the troll.

  • guli

    Thanks Sara.. another video from RC

  • Redpoint_black

    Seems like a lot of you posters are a little obsessed? dellusional? why would you so strongly defend a couple you dont and will never really know?? Its Hollyweird people!!!!