Brad Pitt Talks Struggles With Drinking & Life Lessons He’s Learned

Brad Pitt is getting candid about some personal topics in a new interview.

The 55-year-old Ad Astra actor joined his Legends of the Fall and Meet Joe Black co-star Anthony Hopkins, 81, in the discussion with Interview magazine.

“I’m realizing, as a real act of forgiveness for myself for all the choices that I’ve made that I’m not proud of, that I value those missteps, because they led to some wisdom, which led to something else,” Brad said. “You can’t have one without the other. I see it as something I’m just now getting my arms around at this time in my life. But I certainly don’t feel like I can take credit for any of it.”

On his struggles with drinking in the past, Brad shared that he viewed it as “escape” and a “disservice” to himself, though to “some degree” it was necessary.

On his own struggles with alcoholism, Anthony Hopkins added that he’s not an “evangelist about it” and that that part of his life occurred for a reason and he’s moved past it.

“So you’re embracing all your mistakes,” Brad replied. “You’re saying, ‘Let’s be our foibles, our embarrassment. There’s beauty in that.’”

Brad also said that thinks we’re living at a time when people are “judgemental and quick to treat people as disposable. … We’ve always placed great importance on the mistake. But the next move, what you do after the mistake, is what really defines a person. We’re all going to make mistakes. But what is the next step? We don’t, as a culture, seem to stick around to see what that person’s next step is. And that’s the part I find so much more invigorating and interesting.”

“I’m human,” Brad Pitt continued. “We’re human, we want purpose, we want meaning in our lives. But to attain that, the key is two things: staying creative and being with the people you love.”

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