Watch Jennifer Aniston Get Nostalgic About Brad Pitt

Entertainment Jul. 11, 2011 AT 5:15PM

After her 2005 split with Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston's role in The Break Up may have seemed a bit on the nose. But according to the Friends alum, 42, it was exactly what she needed.

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"It was a beautiful human story about a couple breaking up," Aniston tells James Lipton during her Inside the Actor's Studio chat, premiering Monday on Bravo. "You know, I was slightly familiar on the topic and the issue."

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After the end of her five-year marriage to Pitt (he famously coupled up with Mr. & Mrs. Smith costar Angelina Jolie), "I honestly felt like, what a great way to sort of exorcise some of that," Aniston said.

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In retrospect, Aniston says, "I enjoyed it. You'd think otherwise."

Aniston's Inside the Actor's Studio premieres Monday at 8 p.m. (EST) on Bravo.

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