Brad Pitt and MIT professor Neri Oxman's relationship may be strictly platonic, but a source tells ET that his friends definitely approve of the accomplished architect.
Last week, Pitt made headlines for his friendship with 42-year-old Oxman, though sources tell ET the two are not romantically involved. One source says the two were introduced through a friend who thought Oxman would be the perfect person to help Pitt with some of his architectural questions, after the 54-year-old actor took up sculpting following his 2016 split from Angelina Jolie.
"They hit it off immediately and have been close for months," the source says of Oxman and Pitt. "They have so much in common intellectually and truly enjoy each other's company. [Pitt] is thrilled to be around someone who isn't all about Hollywood. He talks about her attitude toward fame and the A-list scene and he feels her apathetic view is refreshing.”
The source says Oxman is a hit with Pitt's pals.
"Brad's friends were secretly hoping he was ready to date and everyone loves Neri," the source says. "She is beautiful and smart and his friends feel he can't go wrong.”
Still, a second source reiterated to ET that the two are just friends, and that Pitt is interested in her work as an architect. The actor sat in on a class that Oxman taught in late November, and spent time with her and the students.
An eyewitness who was there when Pitt visited the MIT Media Lab, tells ET, “He was super friendly and easygoing at the time. He seemed genuinely interested in talking with people who were at the media lab.”
According to our original source, Pitt has been really happy lately, focusing on his healthy lifestyle and immersing himself in new creative hobbies.
"Brad is spending time in a music studio learning to play the guitar and sing, and he actually has been creating sculptures and studying architecture," the source says. "He is truly finding himself."
Pitt definitely appears to be easing more into the public eye as of late. On Tuesday, he attended a Los Angeles Dodgers game, where he was clearly in great spirits. He also filmed a campaign for Breitling watches alongside Charlize Theron and Adam Driver at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles on Tuesday, looking handsome in a tuxedo.