The actress and director also said "it felt like it was time" to reunite with husband Brad Pitt onscreen
Angelina Jolie is well aware that art doesn’t always imitate life.
“Yes, we spent our honeymoon playing two people in a terrible marriage,” Jolie, 39, laughingly told The Hollywood Reporter for its annual Rulebreakers issue, on newsstands now.
By the Sea has the couple reuniting for the first time onscreen since they made Mr. and Mrs. Smith a decade earlier, but this time she had the power to boss her longtime partner around. Jolie directed the upcoming film about a couple trying to save their troubled marriage during a trip to Europe.
“I’m sure a therapist would have a field day analyzing the films I choose to do,” she said. “But it’s been 10 years since Brad and I have worked together. It felt like it was time.”
Making unconventional choices has always come naturally to the mother of six, who is hailed as a trailblazer for being only one of two women in Hollywood to successfully make the transition from actor to director (alongside Jodie Foster).
The Oscar-winning star also reiterated her intent to stop acting fairly soon.
“I don’t want to be in hair and makeup, I don’t want to be in wardrobe, I don’t want to have to stand on a mark or emote,” she explained. “It makes me feel like a caged tiger.”
Despite that certainty, Jolie said she’s less specific about how the future will shake out – and that’s just fine.
“I never had a plan for my life,” she said. “I do what I want to do. And if suddenly tomorrow I couldn’t do anything, I could deal with that. I’d be happy at home being a mom.”