Back in 2014, things were not going well in the Angelina Jolie-Brad Pitt marriage.
The actress and humanitarian wrote and made the drama - which tells the story of a couple whose 14-year relationship frays after they suffer multiple miscarriages - during the most painful years of her life. But they nearly immediately found themselves dealing with more than the usual slump that afflicts couples juggling busy careers, kids and various domestic responsibilities.
So basically, things fell apart because of, well, life.
Jolie instead got the idea that they should make another movie together. "We had met working together and we worked together well", she said, referencing her introduction to Brad on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005.
Jolie admitted that she did not want to obtain jobs through nepotism and wanted to feel as if she could succeed on her own, saying: "I didn't feel that close to my father".
Jolie wrote the script a and would direct.
In 2015, the awards darling wrote, directed, and starred in By the Sea alongside her then-husband Brad Pitt. Jolie shows Vanessa and Roland beginning to communicate again and work through their issues.
Jolie continued, "In some ways it was, and in some ways we learned some things".
"There was a heaviness probably during that situation that carried on and it wasn't because of the film". "It was something that we were dealing [with]... things happen for different reasons", she said.
While the collaboration didn't have the outcome Jolie desired, she said that the former couple did learn from the experience.
She continued, "A piece of art can be something that's healing or something that's hard".
The movie didn't end up saving the marriage.
In a September interview with the New York Times, Jolie revealed how her children have supported her through her divorce from Pitt.
Jolie, of course, is busy promoting her latest directorial effort, First The Killed My Father, which may very well end up nominated for an Oscar in the foreign film category (it qualifies as a Cambodian production), but she also reveals there was a time she nearly quit Hollywood all together.
"To be honest, I wanted to work with him because we had met working together and we worked together well", she explained.