Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Filming Nude Scenes Post-Mastectomy

Her unflinching bravery is not to be missed.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
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Things we're excited to see in By the Sea: Brad Pitt being directed by a woman for the first time, and—more specifically—that woman being his wife, Angelina Jolie. The couple recently kicked off promotion for their second movie together, and Jolie spoke to The New York Times about the vulnerabilities she faced while filming—especially in regard to post-mastectomy nude scenes.

"There were lots of scenes I wanted to change or cut," she said. "I realized it was going to be me [naked] in that bathtub. But I told myself, put all of that aside. Like, you can't change or cut this scene because you've had a mastectomy, or because we're married and people are going to analyze this or that. That would be cheating."

Jolie tried to play by the rules while directing, a somewhat challenging experience given she's also By the Sea's star. "I'm hysterically crying and then calling 'Cut!'" she said. "Or during a sex scene I am calling "Cut!" on Brad. You had to laugh at how bizarre it was."

Angelina Jolie full of sorrow.

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While directing Pitt was an anomaly due to them being married, Jolie also noted that her husband had never been directed by a woman before: "I'm the first female director that Brad's ever worked with. That doesn't seem right when you think about it."

Also not right? Angelina Jolie being called a "minimally talented spoiled brat" in leaked emails between Scott Rudin and Amy Pascal. "I didn't read any of them," she said. "There are certain things that bother me and certain things that don't. Personal attacks on me? I think I'm just so used to it."

Angelina casually smoking a cigarette.

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The fact that Jolie is used to personal attacks, combined with the fact that she's the first female director her husband has worked with, isn't painting a super female-friendly picture of Hollywood—but if anyone can change the industry's sexist treatment of women, it's her. And Jennifer Lawrence, obviously.

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Mehera Bonner
Entertainment Editor

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.