Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt haven't been shy in telling the world how in love they are, and how wonderful married life is since their intimate summer ceremony in France. And the actress-director has now spoken out about how the couple dealt with being at opposite sides of the world while Angelina was filming Unbroken in Australia and Brad was in the UK for war movie Fury.
Speaking at the film's press conference at Sydney's Opera House on Tuesday, Angelina, 39, revealed that the pair turned to the old-fashioned, romantic mode of communication – sending letters.
"We wrote letters back and forth, 1940s-style," she said.
When asked how Brad had helped with her second directorial project Unbroken, Angelina – who was elegantly dressed in a simple, dove-grey dress and accompanied by the film's leads Japanese musician Miyavi and British actor Jack O'Connell, as well as producer Matt Baer – spoke candidly about how her partner of almost a decade, who she referred to as a "great man", inspires her.
"It [Unbroken] is an epic about the human spirit, so I think certainly in knowing, less about the technical aspect of shooting a war film, but more what I know of him [Brad] as a man and living with this great man and seeing the choices he makes with our family, our children, the way he treats me and the values he holds and learning from my sons.
"These are things I think I brought to the film that I understand about men and what I love about men, and what I think I'd want our generation to be reminded of.
"The great men who came before them and the greatness in them now and how to rise up to it," she added.
Angelina spoke of another great man – late Olympic runner Louis Zamperini, who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II and whose story Unbroken portrays.
"Louis is one example [of strength]," said an emotional Angelina, "but when we said to Louis that I want to make this film to show how extraordinary you are he said no, make the film to tell everyone how extraordinary they are.
"They say don't meet your heroes because you'll be disappointed but I met mine and he was truly extraordinary," said the Oscar winner.
Last year Brad and Angelina relocated their entire brood, Maddox, 13, Pax, ten, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, eight, and six-year-old Knox and Vivienne, Down Under to film Unbroken – with Brad visiting in between shooting Fury.