Angelina Jolie Says There Was "Heaviness" Between Her Brad Pitt During Their Final Film

 “A piece of art can be something that’s healing or something that’s difficult," she says of their last collaboration.

Angelina Jolie told The New York Times that her kids have been "happy and light" since her divorce from Brad Pitt, but she just admitted that things were the opposite with her ex on the set of their last film By the Sea, which she wrote and directed. The vibe on the set sounds like the opposite of Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

“I wanted us to do some serious work together, I thought it would be a good way for us to communicate. In some ways it was, 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," she admitted on The Hollywood Reporter podcast Awards Chatter (and reported on by PEOPLE). 

Art was kind of imitating life because the movie was about a couple with a ton of problems, including an inability to conceive or be close.

“It was something that we were dealing [with]," she explained. "Things happen for different reasons, and things — why did I write that exact piece? Why did we feel that way when we made it? I’m not sure. A piece of art can be something that’s healing or something that’s difficult.”

By the Sea obviously didn't save the marriage, but she thinks it still allowed them to communicate something that needed to be communicated to each other.” 

Angelina's next film credit is as a producer of The Breadwinner, a movie adaptation of a novel about an 11-year-old girl masquerading as a boy to search for and bring justice to her wrongfully arrested father in Afghanistan.

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