Brad Pitt has been doing some soul searching since his 2016 split from Angelina Jolie.
In a recent interview with NPR to promote his new film, space drama Ad Astra, Pitt discussed the impact his divorce had on his performance in the movie and on his life more generally.
When asked directly if the divorce had an effect on his Ad Astra performance (which involved playing a character struggling to find a lost family member), Pitt candidly discussed the place his mind has been since the breakup—which has primarily been on the role he played in the relationship’s demise.
The actor explained:
This isn’t the first time Pitt has opened up about his divorce from Jolie, with whom he shares six children—daughters Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and Vivienne, 11, and sons Maddox, 18, Pax, 15, and Knox, 11.
In an interview with the New York Times earlier this month (also to promote Ad Astra), Pitt explained that his divorce ultimately prompted him to give up drinking and start attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
“I had taken things as far as I could take it, so I removed my drinking privilege,” he said of the decision, before delving into his experiences in AA. “You had all these men sitting around being open and honest in a way I have never heard. It was this safe space where there was little judgment, and therefore little judgment of yourself. It was actually really freeing just to expose the ugly sides of yourself. There’s great value in that.”
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