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.

"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."

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.

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.