"This wasn't something where I was going to feel less of a woman, because my husband wasn't going to let that happen"

By Jodi Guglielmi
Updated October 30, 2015 06:40 PM
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Brad and Angelina Jolie Pitt‘s bond only continues to get stronger.

One of Hollywood’s most famous couples have sat down for a rare joint interview with Tom Brokaw where they open up about their new film By the Sea and Jolie Pitt’s decision to undergo two preventive surgeries to reduce the risk of cancer.

“I knew through the surgeries that he was on my side and that this wasn’t something where I was going to feel less of a woman, because my husband wasn’t going to let that happen,” Jolie reveals in the interview, which aired on the Today show Monday. “To face these issues together and speak about them and talk about what it is to be human, I think can be a beautiful thing.”

Jolie Pitt, lost both her grandmother Lois Bertrand and mother, Marcheline Bertrand, to long battles with ovarian cancer, decided to undergo a double mastectomy in 2013 after learning she carried the BRCA1 gene that increases the risk of cancer. Two years later she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed.

“I was out in France, and Angie called me and I got straight on a plane to return,” said Pitt of learning his carried the BRCA1 gene. “Seeing my wife have to be her strongest and knowing that it’s the scariest news is terribly moving. And not being there is a horrible feeling.”

Throughout the ordeal, Pitt never questioned his role – or his wife’s decisions.

“Support,” he said. “Whatever’s got to be done to keep the family together, and keep the family together as long as possible is going to be done. This was her charge, no question. It’s a scary decision. There’s many things that can go wrong and go many different directions.”

“You have to just make the choices you make in life,” Jolie Pitt added. “I made the choices I made because I believed they were right for me.”

The couple, who recently celebrated their one-year anniversary, are reuniting onscreen for the first time in 10 years in their upcoming film By the Sea.

And while they play a struggling married couple in the film, it in no way reflects their real-life relationship.

“I’m counting on the audience to know that if it was close to us at all, we could never make this film,” Jolie Pitt explained. “It’s because we’re actually very, very stable and these aren’t our issues.”

By the Sea hits theaters Nov. 13.