Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt stepped out on Wednesday night at the Museum of Modern Art
The A-list pair stepped out for the WSJ Magazine 2015 Innovator Awards, where they kept close to one another on the red carpet at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
The pair might play a couple struggling with their marriage in their upcoming film, By the Sea, but there were certainly no signs of strife between the real-life couple Wednesday. The couple sweetly stayed close for most of the evening, and when Jolie Pitt stepped away for solo photos Pitt cast a protective eye over her to make sure she looked comfortable.
The duo sat with Robert De Niro inside the event, and the Oscar-winning actor presented Jolie Pitt with the WSJ Innovator Award for Entertainment/Film.
Jolie Pitt got personal during her acceptance speech, explaining that being an innovator often involves straying from convention – and staying true to yourself.
“When I was little, my mom used to say to me, ‘Let me see your soul,’ ” she said. “When I was angry or sad or trying to express something that mattered, she would hold me and she would look me in the eyes and say that. And if I didn’t know what it meant but I understood that she wanted me to drop all pretenses and just be. My children are innovators. All children are.”
“For me, in my art of films as a director or writer, I try to listen to my mother and bear my soul,” she also said. “To listen to my kids and make a mess and to play and be free. When we celebrate innovation we are celebrating human freedom. We can’t put a price on the value of the individual spirit.”
Earlier this week the duo attended a screening for By the Sea, which reunites the couple onscreen for the first time in 10 years.
“There were lots of scenes I wanted to change or cut,” she told The New York Times. “I realized it was going to be me [naked] in that bathtub.”
As for what it was like for Pitt, 51, to be directed by his wife?
“It’s surprising how much I enjoy the direction of my wife,” the actor said in the winter issue of V magazine.
And when Jolie Pitt, 40, first presented him with the idea of jointly making the film – which tells the story of a struggling marriage between Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), a former dancer, and her writer husband, Roland (Pitt) – Pitt said it was an easy decision to reunite with his wife onscreen.
“I trust her with my life,” he explained.