Despite Angelina Jolie recently going public with her double mastectomy, Brad Pitt is taking a glass-half-full approach to life.

In his first print interview since she made the bombshell revelation, the actor declared to Esquire that his life still couldn't be "any happier." He opened up about being a father to six children, ditching his former recreational drug use, and Angelina's decision to go public about her procedure.

Wearing a black top and wrinkled jeans as aviators cover his face on the front of the magazine, Brad said his personal life is a decidedly more low-key contrast to his very public image. "I have very few friends. I have a handful of close friends and I have my family... I'm making things. I just haven't known life to be any happier."

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Brad also talked about being a doting parent to his multi-cultural brood of kids. And while the prospect of raising six kids would make plenty of people run for the hills, he said that it's something he always wanted.

"I always thought that if I wanted to do a family, I wanted to do it big. I wanted there to be chaos in the house... there's constant chatter in our house, whether it's giggling or screaming or crying or banging," he said. "Maybe it's nice to be in a hotel room for a day -- 'Oh, nice, I can finally read a paper.' But then, by the next day, I miss all that cacophony, all that life."

The actor has also ditched some of his former partying and drug habits since becoming a parent. He used to be a regular pot smoker, but said he felt that his recreational drug use ultimately caused some damage.

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"For a long time, I thought I did too much... drug damage. I spent years f*cking off," he said. "But then I got burnt out and felt that I was wasting my opportunity. It was a conscious change. This was about a decade ago... it was a feeling of wanting to get up. Because otherwise, what's the point?"

Brad also briefly mentioned Angelina's procedure during the interview, but spoke about it more in-depth last week to USA Today, where he described Angelina's decision to go public as "heroic."

"She could have stayed absolutely private about and I don't think anyone would have been none the wiser with such good results," he said. "But it was really important to her to share the story and that others would understand it wasn't a scary thing. In fact, it can be an empowering thing and something that makes you stronger and us stronger."

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