Brad was picked as one of the 15 people who make America great by Newsweek. As he described the helicopters buzzing overhead outside of his Malibu home and legions of photographers mulling outside he said:
“It’s madness,” he says. But he doesn’t sound annoyed. Far from it: he sounds like any other blissed-out new dad. “Do you have kids? It’s absolutely sublime.” You can virtually hear him smile over the phone. “Whether you have them or adopt them, they’re all blood. And the funniest people I’ve ever met.” Pretty soon, it’ll be their generation’s world. “I’ve had the luxury of being able to see these issues firsthand,” he says. “If I don’t share that, I’m complicit in the problem.” Instead, he’s making sure he’s part of the solution.
Fatherhood, he says, helped accelerate his activism. Not long before Shiloh was born, Pitt adopted Jolie’s son, Maddox, whom she originally adopted from Cambodia, and her daughter Zahara, whom she adopted last summer from Ethiopia. “I look at [Zahara] and imagine what her life could have been,” he says. “You want to grab as many of these kids in your arms as you can. They need our help, and we should be doing more.”
What a wonderful recognition for Brad, but I wonder how Angelina feels about not being picked herself. Just kidding! I’m sure she is thrilled.