'It was hard to direct our fight scenes': Angelina Jolie reveals working with Brad Pitt on By The Sea made her 'appreciate him more'

They fell in love on the set of Mr & Mrs Smith over 10 years ago.

And as Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt approach their one-year wedding anniversary, the duo have completed their second collaboration, starring together, as a couple, in upcoming period drama By The Sea.

Angelina, writes, directs and acts in the movie - which is released in November - and recently said of the project: 'It was hardest [when] I was directing our fight scenes,' 

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Collaborating: Angelina Jolie has opened up about her latest project, By The Sea, working with husband Brad Pitt. The actress revealed that she has a new found admiration for the 51-year-old actor

Collaborating: Angelina Jolie has opened up about her latest project, By The Sea, working with husband Brad Pitt. The actress revealed that she has a new found admiration for the 51-year-old actor

The 40-year-old actress opened up to People about the challenge of having to be 'inside and outside' the scenes she was directing that depicted a couple struggling in their marriage.

The new movie is set in France during in the 1970s and tells the story of two people trying to work through issues in their relationship.

Angelina plays Vanessa, a former dancer, while Brad plays her writer husband, Roland. 

Many roles: The 40-year-old star wrote, directed and starred in By The Sea. She is pictured on the set of her last directorial Unbroken in 2014

Many roles: The 40-year-old star wrote, directed and starred in By The Sea. She is pictured on the set of her last directorial Unbroken in 2014

Challenging: The 40-year-old star said she found it challenging to be inside and outside the intense scenes as director. She plays Vanessa, a former dancer, while Brad plays her writer husband, Roland

Challenging: The 40-year-old star said she found it challenging to be inside and outside the intense scenes as director. She plays Vanessa, a former dancer, while Brad plays her writer husband, Roland

The Unbroken director explained that working with her spouse of 11 months in such an intense way brought them closer together.

She said: 'I understand and appreciate his creative process and his work ethic even more than before,'

The statuesque beauty described the movie - which was shot in the Mediterranean last year as focusing on three couples all at different stages in their lives. 

Movie star life: Angelina revealed that instead of going on a conventional honeymoon the couple jetted to Malta to film By The Sea and took their six children with them last year

Movie star life: Angelina revealed that instead of going on a conventional honeymoon the couple jetted to Malta to film By The Sea and took their six children with them last year

She explained: 'And at its center are the questions of what happened to Roland and Vanessa and why they are in the place they are now.' 

After marrying in Château Miraval, France on August 23, 2014, Angelina and Brad jetted to Malta with their six children to shoot scenes for the upcoming romantic drama. 

The Hollywood couple fell in love during the filming of action romance Mr & Mrs Smith while Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston - although they deny there was any infidelity.

Brangelina first went public with their romance in 2006 when she fell pregnant with daughter Shiloh and the duo became engaged in 2012 after seven years together.

Memorable: The couple fell in love on the set of 2005 action romance Mr & Mrs Smith while brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston

Memorable: The couple fell in love on the set of 2005 action romance Mr & Mrs Smith while brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston

 

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