Inez & Vinoodh
Jodi Guglielmi
October 28, 2015 10:35 AM

While many people might find it challenging to work alongside their spouse, for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt, the arrangement seems to suit them just fine.

In the winter issue of V magazine – which PEOPLE debuted the cover of in the current issue – Pitt, 51, opened up about what it was like being directed by his wife on their upcoming film, By the Sea.

“It’s surprising how much I enjoy the direction of my wife,” he admitted.

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When Jolie Pitt, 40, first presented him with the idea of making the film together, he said it was an easy decision to reunite with his wife onscreen for the first time in 10 years. (The two first costarred in 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith.)

Why?

“I trust her with my life,” he said.

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In fact, Pitt quite enjoys seeing his wife in a position of power.

“She’s decisive, incredibly intuitive, knife-sharp and, might I say, sexy at her post,” he said.

Set in France during the 1970s, By the Sea tells the story of a crumbling marriage between Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), a former dancer, and her writer husband, Roland (Pitt).

Brad Pitt on the cover of V magazine
V Magazine

The couple, who recently celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary, traded in a typical newlywed getaway for a honeymoon on set. The whole family, including their six children, jetted off to the Mediterranean nation of Malta to begin filming the romantic drama.

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Pitt admits taking on the project wasn’t “the wisest way to spend a honeymoon.”

But even he couldn’t help but see the irony in the situation.

“What better metaphor for a marriage” than “fighting to make something together,” he told V magazine.

By the Sea hits theaters Nov. 13.

Check out the cover of V magazine’s winter issue in the current issue, on newsstands Friday

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