From a musty pool house somewhere in the California sprawl, Pitt spoke to GQ writer Zach Baron about where he stands in his career and in life. He’s learned to be selective, both as a producer and as a leading man, practicing what Plan B co-president Jeremy Kleiner calls “an intense curatorial hunger.” His approach to acting has developed—he’s foregone the theatrical tools and techniques of his early career for something more laid-back, feeling out a performance like music. And at 55, he’s thinking about the big stuff: fatherhood and faith, masculinity and meaning.
“There’s strength in vulnerability,” he says. “It’s not a posing, strength-of-muscles, ‘I can do anything’ kind of blind confidence, but it’s a real confidence in knowing yourself.”
Shot by Lachlan Bailey and styled by George Cortina, Brad Pitt’s GQ cover story is a rare glimpse of an icon who chooses to constantly redefine his career, and himself.