Angelina told Vanity Fair Italia that she spent much of her childhood worrying about her mother, Marcheline Bertrand, who died in 2007 after a long battle with cancer.
“I want to make sure my kids are never worried about me. Even if I’m going through something, I make sure they are very aware that I’m totally fine,” she added in a separate interview with The Wall Street Journal,
“I’ll stop and make a joke, I talk to them. I never, ever want them to have that secret worry and feel that they have to take care of me,” she said.
After she learned that she, too, possessed a gene that made her prone to cancer, she decided to have a double mastectomy as a preventive measure. Even so, she does a nude scene in the film.
“I said to myself, ‘You have to put everything aside, you can not cut the scene because you have had a mastectomy, or because we are married and people could analyze everything. This means cheating,” she told Vanity Fair, Italia.
The scene takes place with her in a bathtub.
The film is the first time they’ve appeared together since 2005’s “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.”
They play two star-crossed lovers trying to pull together their marriage on an exotic make-or-break vacation.
Jolie, 40, hit the road last year to promote two films, Disney feature “Maleficent” and her directorial effort for “Unbroken,” about World War II hero and Olympic champion Louis “Louie” Zamperini.
Pitt, 50, separately promoted his 2014 war epic “Fury.”
Not only are they starring together in “By the Sea,” but Angelina also directed the picture. The film’s promotion has provided a rare opportunity to see the two together and hear them talk about their lives and their family.
Angelina talked about suffering from depression as a teenager and the more challenging aspects of keeping their celebrity marriage in one piece.
“We wake up, we make breakfast. In our domestic life, we’re Mom and Dad. And often we’re dorky Mom and Dad, which the kids find ridiculous.”
Both Jolie and Pitt say the movie in now way reflects their real life, which presented some challenges while filming.
“We had to stay in our corners, like boxers, and not be husband and wife,” she explained.
“It was very hard to do those scenes without Brad and I taking care of each other. Normally in between takes, you’d make sure that the other’s OK, but we had to be able to really get ugly.”
Check out her video below from the special “By the Sea” screening and photos from her Vanity Fair Italia spread.