Angelina Jolie on why she and Brad Pitt have been “shy” about upcoming film together

By the Sea will be the first time the couple have been on screen together since Mr & Mrs Smith, but Jolie says they’re ready for the challenge


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are to appear in the same film for the first time in nine years, but the actress admits it’s taken some time to decide to do it. 


“We have been shy of it for quite a few years because it’s very heavy, about a relationship, people going through and surviving a lot together,” Jolie tells the Inquirer of By the Sea. “It’s not easy. So we were nervous about being able to handle the material as actors and to take it on together.”

The last time the duo were on screen together was for action hit Mr & Mrs Smith in 2005, the film credited with sparking the pair’s real life relationship. Now, Jolie will both co-star with Pitt and direct him. 

“Obviously Brad is willing to have me direct him in a film and work with me. He’s extremely supportive, which is wonderful, because we’re interested in different aspects of film.”

The film is being described as an intimate character-driven drama, and Pitt will also join Jolie as a producer.

This isn’t the first time Jolie has stepped behind the camera. Her 2011 directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, earned her a Golden Globe nomination. Her current project, Unbroken, will chart the true life story of Olympian and war hero Louis Zamperini.


It’s believed filming on By the Sea will start at the end of this month in Malta.