It's an especially good time to be Brad Pitt.
The newlywed, 50, opens up about his children with wife Angelina Jolie in the November issue of the U.K.'s Psychologies magazine. Regarding what he's learned from raising Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 8, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 6, proud papa Pitt, 50, says, "You learn to value the basic beauty of family, of watching your children grow and evolve. It's the most beautiful thing you can experience."
"I feel like the richest man alive since I've become a father," Pitt adds.
How else has the "Fury" star's life changed since becoming a parent? "Being a father has changed me on so many levels and made me more generous and alive. I see my children as an essential part of my life, and it means so much to be able to educate them and help them make their way in the world as they grow up," the twice-wed actor explains. "I love being a father and all the responsibilities that entails."
As one might imagine, Pitt is a protective parent. "I worry about them all the time," he says of his kids. "That's the emotional bond and responsibility that sweeps over you when you have a family to look after. I care about them more than I care about myself, which I think is the real definition of love. You see past yourself and become more generous and giving, and wanting only the best for your family."
He doesn't just praise his kids, though. Pitt also raves about his wife, with whom he co-stars with in "By the Sea." "Angelina is just amazing. I'll be tired and lie down on the sofa and then she'll keep going until late at night. And that makes me feel like, 'Why am I taking it easy?' so I'll go help out and play with the boys and get them to bed. You realize that you always have the energy inside you, and as a parent you need to have a lot of willpower," he gushes.
Pitt also covers British GQ's November issue. In the accompanying interview, the actor reveals why he's taken on less film roles in recent years. "I'm actually very snobbish about directors. I have to say no all the time. 'No' is the most powerful word in our business. You've got to protect yourself," the star says.
"To leave home, it's got to be worth leaving," Pitt adds. "It's got to be worth it."
In fact, Pitt also admits, "I've been slowing down for a while now — and slowly transitioning to other things. And, truthfully, I do want to spend more time with my kids before they're grown up and gone."