Angelina Jolie has been fairly open about how she and her children have adjusted to their new lives after her divorce from Brad Pitt, while remaining mostly quiet about the end of their relationship. Now the actress is opening up about how she tried to save her marriage in the months leading up to the split.

Jolie, who famously met and fell in love with Pitt on the set of 2005鈥檚 Mr. & Mrs. Smith (when he was still married to Jennifer Aniston), remembers that time as one when she built the foundation of her connection to her (now former) partner.

鈥淲e had met working together,鈥 the 42-year-old mother of six told The Hollywood Reporter鈥檚 Awards Chatter podcast. She said that the fact that they 鈥渨orked together well鈥 the first time around led her to believe that collaborating again 10 years later might help to fix some of the issues that had cropped up in their relationship. 鈥淚 wanted us to do some serious work together. 鈥 I thought it would be a good way for us to communicate,鈥 she explained on the podcast.

Costarring with her then-husband in 2015鈥檚 By the Sea didn鈥檛 quite turn out the way she had hoped, though. 鈥淚t should have been good for us. 鈥 In some ways it was [a good way to communicate] and in some ways, we learned some things. But there was a heaviness probably during that situation that carried on, and it wasn鈥檛 because of the film.鈥

She went on to mull over a few thoughts about her ex and their time filming the project together, saying, 鈥淭hings happen for different reasons, and things鈥 I mean, why did I write that exact piece? Why did we feel that way when we made it? I鈥檓 not sure.鈥

That said, she has no regrets. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 know. I鈥檓 glad we did that film because we did explore something together. Whatever it was, maybe it didn鈥檛 solve certain things, but we did communicate something that needed to be communicated to each other,鈥 she shared.

It may not have been the outcome that she wanted, but it certainly sounds like Jolie has accepted what happened, which may allow her to move on to a brighter future.

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