Taraji Henson and Brad Pitt
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11/07/2008 AT 08:00 AM EST
Taraji P. Henson may be playing Brad Pitt
's mother in their upcoming film, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
, but it is "Brad and Angie" who have the "parenting thing mapped out," she says.
"There are some parents who are meant to be parents of multiple [children]. They were chosen," Henson told PEOPLE at Sean 'Diddy' Combs' birthday bash and Barack Obama victory party sponsored by Ciroc Vodka on Wednesday night.
"We all know that he is an incredible artist, but he really is a great person and a great father," Henson adds of Pitt, who is dad to six kids with Angelina Jolie
The Jolie-Pitts "spend one-on-one time with each child everyday," says Henson. "[Brad] would bring a different child to the set every day and spend all day with that one child. I never saw a nanny. It was always him, Angelina, or his parents."
So, what happened when Angelina first visited the set? "She had Shiloh, and [Brad] grabbed my hand and was like, 'Taraji Taraji, come over here and meet Angie. Come and meet Angie,'" she recounts. "He was dragging me and I [thought], 'These are the coolest, most real and most down-to-earth people.' "
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
hits theatres Christmas day.
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