"I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big," Brad tells Esquire of his home life. "I wanted there to be chaos in the house…There's constant chatter in our house, whether it's giggling or screaming or crying or banging. I love it. I love it. I love it.”
And we’re not surprised about the volume level with a brood that big! Brad and Angie have six kids together: Maddox, 11, Pax, 9, Zahara, 8, Shiloh, 6, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 4.
So how does the Wrold War Z star do when he’s away from his kids?
“I hate it when they're gone. I hate it,” he admits. “Maybe it's nice to be in a hotel room for a day — 'Oh, nice, I can finally read a paper.' But then, by the next day, I miss that cacophony, all that life."
And even after Angelina shockingly revealed that she underwent a secret preventative double mastectomy to reduce her risks of breast cancer, Brad says their kids turned her recovery into “an adventure.”
"We set up our own little post-op recovery that became pretty fun," he says of their children. "You make an adventure out of it."
But his happy home life wasn’ always like that. "For a long time I thought I did too much damage — drug damage," he tells the mag. "I was a bit of a drifter. A guy who felt he grew up in something of a vacuum and wanted to see things, wanted to be inspired."
And it seems Angelina did the trick.
"I haven't known life to be any happier," he says. "I'm making things. I just haven't known life to be any happier."