Pitt and Jolie, who are now parents to six kids, finally tied the knot last August, and took something of an unconventional honeymoon, playing a “couple on the brink of disaster” in By the Sea, which Jolie also wrote and directed.
“It's an odd honeymoon,” Jolie admitted at the film’s premiere at AFI Fest last week. “A few weeks into it, we wondered if it was a good idea because it is ... heavy and it's a lot of fighting. But we had the thought that if we can do it, if we can be close in that way and that open as artists, then you push through and you really get closer and you learn something.”
“If it doesn't work it's the worst honeymoon ever,” she added with a laugh, “but if it works you've learned something and I think that's how we came out of it stronger.”
“It was a good time,” Pitt agreed. “We came out stronger on the other end. Just, making something together, and something she wrote, it was a real pleasure.”
Some couples might have a hard time transitioning their personal relationship to a professional one, but Pitt said having his wife helm the film was “no different” than working with any other director.
“She knows when I'm faking it better than anyone else, but, you know, the actor/director relationship is a very collaborative experience,” he explained. “It's really no different, and actually a great pleasure, ‘cause you’ve got to trust your director. Who do I trust more than my wife?”