Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has spoken about his religious upbringing, adding that he discovered who he was only after becoming less devout.

In an interview for the latest issue of Parade magazine the Oceans Thirteen star said he was always asking his parents, who were conservative southern baptists, questions about the world.

The 43-year-old said: "I always had a lot of questions about the world, even in kindergarten. A big question to me was fairness. If I'd grown up in some other religion, would I get the same shot at heaven as a Christian has?"

He added that his inquisitive nature led him to doubt his religion as he entered high school and to try new experiences.

The actor admitted to having a "crises of faith" when he felt the same fervour at a rock concert as he did at Christian prayer meetings, adding that he wanted to "experience things religion said not to experience".

Pitt added that he only found out who he was after separating himself from his religious beliefs.

He told the magazine: "When I got untethered from the comfort of religion, it wasn't a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of self. I had faith that I'm capable enough to handle any situation. There's peace in understanding that I have only one life, here and now, and I'm responsible."

The actor, who is raising four children with partner Angelina Jolie, also rejected claims that his humanitarian work was a result of the movie actress. He termed such claims "idiotic" stating that his charity work was a result of his concern for those in need.

In the wide-ranging interview, the blonde hunk also spoke about his problems with fame.

"You get no warning about what celebrity is or how to deal with it. It's sort of multi-tiered. The initial stage is feeling discombobulated and not up to the task. I didn't understand the incessant attention when I went outside, the way people completely focused on me. It made me very uncomfortable.

"Then you start to see the fickleness of celebrity, that it isn't rooted in something of real value. There is this strange wanting by people to get next to you. It has nothing to do with you but with something they feel they are missing in themselves," the star added.

03/10/2007 07:51:30