It’s hard to think of a time before Brad Pitt was the A-list celebrity he is today, but everybody starts somewhere, right? In a recent interview with W magazine, the Babylon actor reminisced about the early days of his career, including his first taste of onscreen love scenes. 

Before he was Mr. Smith (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) or Cliff Booth (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood…), Pitt was a love interest by the name of Randy in the ’80s television show Dallas. “I had to roll around in the hay in a barn,” he recalled in W. “I don’t think I had a line. I was just rolling and frolicking.”

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Though his scene in Dallas was seemingly insignificant, it gave him the experience he needed for his breakout role in the 1991 film Thelma & Louise. “Yeah, that was my entry into the big leagues, I guess,” he told the magazine. Pitt played the character J.D., who would become the love interest of Geena Davis’s titular character Thelma. “Geena [Davis] was so sweet and kind and delicate,” said Pitt. “That love scene, I think, went on for two days of shooting.”

Brad Pitt has since been awarded People’s Sexiest Man Alive twice, proving that the one-episode stint on Dallas was only a sign of things to come. As for his personal life, Pitt has apparently stepped back into the dating game after his divorce from ex-wife Angelina Jolie and is reportedly “living his best life.”