Aside from being a integral pop-culture moment of 2016, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce has carried a certain somberness in the media which seems anomalous for a modern-day celebrity split. While scandalous details and theories surrounding the separation were initially pored over tirelessly by the curious public, it seems that the situation was ultimately deemed more “sad” than “salacious.”
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter‘s “Awards Chatter” podcast, Jolie opened up about how she tried to use filmmaking as a way to communicate with Brad during the last, tumultuous period of their marriage.
Angelina explains that, over the course of their marriage, both she and Brad had overcome considerable hurdles together.
“Over the span of that decade, I did lose my mother. I did have my mastectomy, and I did then have an ovarian cancer scare and have that surgery as well, and other things of course that happened in life that you go through.”
Jolie thought that her film, By the Sea, which she wrote and starred in alongside Pitt, would serve as a sort of therapy for their marital issues. (Despite the fact that it involves a couple which clearly has an extremely fraught relationship.)
“We had met working together and we worked together well,” she said. “I wanted us to do some serious work together. I thought it would be a good way for us to communicate.”
Ultimately, however, the film didn’t offer the solace Jolie was looking for.
“In some ways it was (good), and in some ways we learned some things. But there was a heaviness probably during that situation that carried on and it wasn’t because of the film.”
Though the marriage unraveled, Angelina isn’t disappointed with the fact that she and Brad tried to use a movie project to reconnect.
“A piece of art can be something that’s healing or something that’s difficult,” she adds. “I’m glad we did that film because we did explore something together. Whatever it was maybe it didn’t solve certain things, but we did communicate something that needed to be communicated to each other.”