Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reunite onscreen for the very first time in a decade in new play “By the Sea,” which is about struggling marriage. However, the couple stated their marriage is not on the rocks.
“It’s not autobiographical,” Jolie Pitt told Vogue of film, in the magazine’s November cover story. “Brad and I have our issues, but if the characters were even remotely close to our problems we couldn’t have made the film.”
“It was our honeymoon,” the performer added at the time when she, Pitt as well as their six kids spent shooting the film on the Maltese island of Gozo.
Jolie disclosed that the couple known as the script — which follows a husband and wife in the 1970s who solve their married issues while seeing a French resort — the “insane one” for years.
“As artists we wanted something that took us out of our comfort zones,” she said. “Just being raw actors. It’s not the safest idea. But life is short.”
It was while editing the film earlier this year that Jolie Pitt had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed after tests found possible signs of cancer — two years after she underwent a preventative mastectomy that is double.
“It really connected me to other women,” she said of sharing her experience in a New York Times Op-Ed in March.
“I wish my mom had been able to make those choices,” she said. “They are not easy surgeries. The ovaries are an easy surgery, but the hormone changes … interesting. We did joke that I had my Monday edit. Tuesday surgery. Wednesday go into menopause. Thursday come back to edit, a little funky with my steps.”
Jolie Pitt went to describe the effect of going through menopause at an early age.
“I feel grounded as a woman. I know others do too. Both of the women in my family, my mother and my grandmother started dying in their 40s. I’m 40. I can’t wait to hit 50 and know I made it.”
While “By the Sea” is not her only upcoming project — Jolie Pitt is also directing an adaptation of “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers,” a memoir from Cambodian activist Loung Ung — she is happy to spend time away from the camera, with her large brood.
“These are their most important years.”