Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt on Filming a Troubled Marriage: "We Had to Be Able to Really Get Ugly"

Courtesy of Peter Lindbergh for WSJ. Magazine

"That this became our honeymoon is just f—ing funny."

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are making the rounds promoting their upcoming film together, By the Sea, which opens on Nov. 13. The film focuses on a marriage in crisis and not only stars Jolie Pitt; it was written and directed by her, too.

Jolie Pitt said it was challenging to play a troubled couple with her new husband. "It was not easy," she said in an interview with WSJ. Magazine. "We just had to be brave and say, 'OK, honey, we’re strong enough to do this; let’s somehow use this to make us stronger.' "

The actress is on the cover of the WSJ. Magazine November issue, which hits newsstands on Saturday. She said that she and Pitt "had to stay in our corners, like boxers, and not be husband and wife." She added, "It was very hard to do those scenes without Brad and I taking care of each other. Normally in between takes, you’d make sure that the other’s OK, but we had to be able to really get ugly."

Pitt also was interviewed for the publication, and he talked about what it was like having his wife as his director. “Being a couple, we have that shorthand that can be communicated in a look. Conversely, it means I knew immediately if she felt a take stunk.”

After long days on set, the newlyweds were able to stay positive with the help of their children. "That might have been an absolute disaster," said Jolie Pitt, when asked if she and Pitt stayed in character when they got home. "But as soon as we got home, it was bedtime stories, children’s needs and problems, the fights they’d had during the day. We had to immediately snap back to something that was uniting and positive and loving."

Still, Pitt found humor in the fact that after the couple's August 2014 wedding, they started filming a movie about a marriage in trouble. Said Pitt, "That this became our honeymoon is just fing funny."

In an interview with The New York Times, Jolie Pitt also talked about how the film was technically their honeymoon.

"A few days into filming, I thought: 'This is such a bad idea. What was I thinking? This is going to destroy us before we’ve even gotten started,' " she recalled. "But by the time we got to the end of the film, we’d argued, challenged each other, disappointed each other, had good days, bad days, all of it. We’d pushed through, learned something about each other, found a new working relationship and came to, like, the idea of 'Yeah, it gets really bad, but you work it out.' "

Photo credit on all above photos: Peter Lindbergh for WSJ. Magazine