The 40-year-old actress admitted as much in an interview for the Nov. 20 issue of Entertainment Weekly. The real-life couple portray an estranged wife and husband in the forthcoming drama By the Sea, and filmed intimate scenes for the movie.
“It’s the strangest thing in the world to be lying naked in a bathtub with an iPad that’s showing you the shot outside, while your husband is at the door and you’re directing him to come in and make love to you,” she related. “In front of a bunch of other men with cameras.”
“Love scenes are strange anyway, but when you’re doing a love scenes with a person that you really have sex with? The only way to get through it was for us to all talk about the absurdity of it and make sure no one was feeling awkward,” she said. “We made as many jokes as possible.”
Jolie, who also directed the film, enlisted 14-year-old son Maddox to work as a production assistant on set, but shielded the teenager from the movie’s more adult moments. Pitt recently told V magazine he enjoyed working with his wife, calling her “knife-sharp” and “sexy.”
By the Sea marks the couple’s first collaboration since the 2006 film Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and opens in theaters Friday. The actress is also rumored for Salt 2 and Maleficent 2, while Pitt is slated for The Big Short with Christian Bale and War Machine with Topher Grace.