Angelina Jolie: Filming Sex Scenes With Brad Pitt Was “Strangest Thing in the World”

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie admitted that sex scenes with Brad Pitt in By the Sea were awkward  

Filming sex scenes with the person you actually have sex with was the “strangest thing” ever for Angelia Jolie. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jolie admitted that directing and filming with her husband, Brad Pitt, in their upcoming flick By the Sea was extemely awkward.

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“It’s the strangest thing in the world to be lying naked in a bathtub with an iPad that’s showing you the shot outside, while your husband is at the door and you’re directing him to come in and make love to you,” Jolie, 40, told Entertainment Weekly. “[And] in front of a bunch of other men with cameras.” 

“Love scenes are strange anyway, but when you’re doing a love scene with a person that you really have sex with? The only way to get through it was for us to all talk about the absurdity of it and make sure no one was feeling awkward,” she explained, before adding that Pitt, as her husband, would get protective.

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Roland (Brad Pitt) and Vanessa (Angelina Jolie Pitt) embrace in By the Sea.

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“I couldn’t get out of the bathtub to get to the monitor because the director is naked,” she told EW. “We’re artists and want to be free, but Brad — it’s his wife. He was on towel duty. He’d hold the towel over me.”

When it comes to her naked body, Jolie revealed that she was insecure filming the scenes given her double mastectomy. Now, however, the actress is glad she did it. “The surgeries still allow you to be a woman,” said Jolie, who opted to have the preventative surgery because she carries the breast cancer gene. “I hope other women — anyone who is worried about those issues and how [your body] can feel or look — can see that through [the scene]. I’m happy that will be in there if that answers something for them.”

By the Sea also features Pitt and Jolie’s characters getting into violent altercations, which the mom of six stressed it took some work getting into character.

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“Brad and I had this one day when we were like, ‘Let’s just do ridiculous things and see what happens,'” she recalled. “By the end of it, he had pissed all over my shoes, I had packed up the entire [hotel] room to leave, and he wrote ‘pillhead’ with an arrow on my head with a Sharpie while [my character] was sleeping.” 

By the Sea hits theaters Nov. 13.

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