When it comes to family, bigger is better for Brad Pitt.
Now 47, the actor didn't have any kids several years ago; now he has six (three adopted, three biological) with love Angelina Jolie.
"I know it seems extreme from the outside, but I've always kind of operated this way," Pitt told the Associated Press in an interview at the Cannes Film Festival, where he's promoting his film Tree of Life. "When I know, I know, and why mess around?"
Although Pitt himself didn't have a particularly large family growing up, he was inspired by a close pal. "I had a friend who had a big family when I was a kid," he explained. "I just loved the chaos around the breakfast table and the fighting and the ribbing, and the mom making pancakes for everyone or the dad making pancakes," added the father to Maddox, 8, Pax, 7, Zahara, 6, Shiloh, 4, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 2.
"I just decided then if I was ever going to do it -- this left some indelible mark on me -- if I was ever going to do it, that's the way I was going to do it."
Indeed, Pitt added that "breakfast is my specialty" in the household, and loves inspiring his own "chaos around the breakfast table."
As he's said in previous interviews, fatherhood has changed the way he selects his film roles.
"I think my focus before was more irreverence, by nature," the Oscar nominee noted. "I'm a dad now. It's more important to me that if I'm going to do the film, there's something I can bring to it, it's not generic. And most of all, I'm painfully aware that my kids are going to see these when they're older, and I want them to understand something about their dad, and I want them to be proud of their dad."
What about a future collaboration with love Jolie, 35, whom he famously met on the set of the 2005 flick Mr. and Mrs. Smith (while he was still married to Jennifer Aniston).
"We're not ones to repeat ourselves, but we'd like to, because right now, we're hopscotching with films so one can be with the kids and one's free to work," Pitt explained of reteaming with Jolie. "And why aren't we doing them together? Why aren't we doing everything together?"