When Brad appeared on the scene as the young hunk on Dallas, he was being called the “next big sex symbol”—a label he was uncomfortable with even back then. Indeed, Brad was a very down-to-earth young guy, who was thrilled at his big break. Back then, the 22-year-old was very talkative and open about his personal and professional life—and we have him on tape!

Tell us about your character on Dallas.

BRAD PITT: He is Shalane McCall’s boyfriend, Charles. I am 16 or 17 on the show and Shalane is 15. Basically we are just dating, but I keep getting into trouble with her parents. The first time they meet me is when they come home from their honeymoon and they catch us mashing (kissing) on the stairway. We think they are still away.

How did you get the role on Dallas?

BRAD: I auditioned for a new character on the series Our House and they said, “While you’re here, read for this.” So I went next door and read for the producer of Dallas and bingo!

When did you decided to become an actor?

BRAD: I was in college—I was studying advertising and graphic design at the university of Missouri. I told my parents I was going to California to go to art school. I didn’t tell them I wanted to act. I always wanted to give this a try on my own. When I got out here, I started to check things out and I never made it to art school.

Where did you live when you first got out to California?

BRAD: I knew this girl from home whose dad had a place out here. There was just a housekeeper living in it, so I got to say there free for a month. Then I got some guys—there were eight of us living in this little apartment in North Hollywood. It was a blast. We had no furniture—we all slept on the floor in the front room. We had a TV, a toaster oven and a stereo. What more does a guy need? We were all short on girlfriends and money!

What did you do to earn money?

BRAD: Any odd job I could get. There is a place called the Job Factory and every week they list all of these odd jobs. Those jobs kept me in Captain Crunch and peanut butter and jelly. It finally got so bad that my buddy and I said let’s see who can get the most humiliating job. I won! I got a job with a restaurant called El Pollo Loco. I dressed up as a chicken, stood out on the corner of Sunset in one hundred degree weather and flapped my wings for the Grand Opening. They liked me so much, they asked me back!

Your first acting job!

BRAD: Right!

What next?

BRAD: I did a few weeks on Another World. I had to go to New York for that and I had never been there. Then I got Dallas and in between filming those I did a Growing Pains episode. I did a Mountain Dew commercial—got to waterski in Florida. And I just got a McDonald’s commercial today! My mom is so proud!

How long have you been in L.A.?

BRAD: A little over a year. I was a dork when I got out here. I didn’t even know I had to have pictures!

What kind of kid were you?

BRAD: A dork! I don’t know. I was pretty good at everything, but not great at anything. My grades were pretty good. I was involved in every school thing, every sport.

Tell us about your parents.

BRAD: My mom, Jane, is a housewife; she likes to paint. My dad’s name is Bill and we have a dog—a mutt—named Quiche Lorraine. I have a younger brother and a younger sister, Doug and Julie—we call Doug, Digger, and Julie, Jules.

What is the best part of your personality?

BRAD: I don’t know? Since I have come out here, I have really been a loner, investing all my money and time in making it. It’s so important to me, I really don’t go out that much—just with my buddies and we’ll go catch a flick. I can have just as much fun by myself. I read, write, listen to tunes.

Who is your favorite actor?

BRAD: Jack Nicholson is up there. I love Mickey Rourke—he blows my mind. I love Sean Penn, even with the bad press he gets. When he is on the screen, I admire him. I like Timothy Hutton, too. I have never really gotten into the classics, which I have been trying to learn about lately. Marlon Brando blows me away. The minute he came on the screen in Streetcar Named Desire, wooooo!

Okay, here’s the dreaded question—what do you look for in a girl?

BRAD: One minute I think I know what I want and then I find something totally different. It’s hard to put a label on it. I do fall for dark haired and dark eyed girls. But looks are not everything—I have met so many beautiful girls out here, but because of their personalities, they were no so beautiful anymore. Then I met girls, I would not be attracted to right off but because of their personalities—wooooo! I guess you can say the standard is a sense of humor.

What’s your favorite food?

BRAD: Shakey’s smorgesboard—at $3.49 it’s a heck of a deal. All the salad and pizza you can eat. And cinnamon rolls. My favorite meal, really.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

BRAD: In ten years I’ll be 32. I hope I am married with some Brad Jrs. I would like to be in a position like Kevin Costner. He’s on top and respected as an actor. I just want to be a respected actor. I want to make people feel things like how I feel when I go to the movies. I would like to have my own production company.