Angelina Jolie’s husband Brad Pitt knows better than anyone when he is “faking it”, especially when they work together.
The Hollywood stars alongside his stunning spouse in new romantic drama By the Sea, which Angelina also wrote and directed. While some couples may struggle to see their personal and professional lives merge together, Brad believes Angelina will always get the best out of him on set.
“She knows when I’m faking it better than anyone else, but, you know, the actor/director relationship is a very collaborative experience,” he told ET’s Kevin Frazier at the opening night of AFI Fest. “It’s really no different, and actually a great pleasure, ‘cause you’ve got to trust your director. Who do I trust more than my wife?”
Angelina admits there can be an advantage to having some distance from the cast when you are directing a movie. However, she thinks their performances in By the Sea were made even more convincing because they are married in real life too.
“As a director, you usually don’t want the actor to know everything you’re thinking, but as my husband he can kind of look at me,” she added. “I can say, ‘It’s fine’ and he’ll say ‘No, no, you’re just saying that.’”
Having previously worked together on Mr and Mrs Smith in 2005, Brad and Angelina can see many more collaborations in their future together.
They are also keen to encourage the six children they raise together to spend time with them on the set too, with 14-year-old son Maddox acting as a production assistant on By the Sea.
“We want to make it a family affair and have the kids running in and out of set,” Brad smiled. “There’s a few scenes where we had to make him work the parking lot, you know what I mean? But it’s fun to see your boy grow up and take on responsibility and [it’s] very nice.”