It’s a sad and deflating time for graduates logging on to virtual commencement addresses instead the jubilant real-life celebrations. But for Missouri State University’s Class of 2020, there was a beacon of light on Monday, as Oscar winner and legendary fox Brad Pitt made a cameo in a video message to graduates.
A native son of Missouri who hails from Springfield (which is also home to MSU’s campus), Pitt popped up after an introduction from the school’s president and mascot, Boomer the Bear. “Hi, everyone, Brad here from quarantine,” the actor said. “It must be very strange doing this in these trying times, but we’re rooting for you. Our money’s on you to make this world a better place, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.”
A close read of the video—as one does—showed Pitt appearing to be well on his way to growing back Legends of the Fall hair, sporting a quarantine bob of sorts, and sitting in a leafy green yard. Surely your own garden wall merits a 10/10 from Rate My Skype Room?
There’s just something about Brad Pitt’s familiarly gorgeous face that feels so soothing in our moment of crisis. He’s been more than generous with his time in quarantine, from cold-opening an April episode of Saturday Night Live at Home as Dr. Anthony Fauci to playing an underachieving weatherman on John Krasinski’s web series, Some Good News (just a split second of Pitt craning his neck out to a patio overlooking L.A. palm trees, but still). With Monday’s feel-good appearance, the newly minted Oscar winner with all the jokes has cemented his national-treasure status. Somebody give Pitt an honorary doctorate.
Originally Appeared on Vogue