Empire star Taraji P. Henson is a big Brad Pitt fan, and she couldn’t say enough nice things about the actor during her recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live. Henson played Pitt’s mother in David Fincher’s 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a role that earned her an Oscar nomination. And, when a caller asked her the most shocking thing she learned about Pitt while working with him, the 47-year-old answered with nothing but praise.
Henson said Pitt is very down-to-earth, and that surprised her. And, when the paparazzi chased him and Cate Blanchett, it seemed he couldn’t figure out why.
“He almost looked as if, ‘Why are they chasing me? Why do they want pictures of me?’ That’s how humble he is,” she continued. “He’d get thrown. …He’s a great guy.”
Taken star Liam Neeson was also on the show, and even though he has yet to work with the 54-year-old star, he did have his own memory to share. Neeson revealed that when Pitt was dating Gwyneth Paltrow, they visited the home that he shared with his late wife, Natasha Richardson.
He said Pitt is a lovely guy and a fantastic actor. He went on to say that Pitt doesn’t get enough credit for his work.
This last year has been a difficult one for Pitt, who split from Angelina Jolie in September 2016. He has laid low, and when he isn’t working, he lives a quiet life at home because, according to an insider, that is his sanctuary where he finds peace.
Pitt’s top priority is his six kids – Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne – and a few times each week they visit him at his Hollywood Hills home. He lives just down the street from the mansion Jolie bought after their breakup, which is where the kids live full time, but Jolie is never involved in the handoff. Instead, nannies and bodyguards make sure the kids make it to Pitt’s house for some quality time.
A source claims that Pitt doesn’t go out much with the kids, and instead prefers to keep their time private and safe at his home.
Pitt and Jolie have not yet hammered out a custody agreement, but Pitt would like to spend more time with his kids than he currently does.
The Fight Club star has given up drinking since his split, and he is also going to therapy to learn about bettering himself as a man and a father.
An insider claims that Pitt has recently gotten back out there and been on multiple dates, but he is keeping things casual, and nothing has turned into anything serious.
As for Jolie, she isn’t pursuing any romantic relationship and won’t be for a while. Instead, she is focusing on the needs of the children she shares with Brad Pitt.