The former pair first met in 2003 while portraying the role of husband and wife in the film Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Jolie was enjoying being a single mother, and Pitt was still married to Jennifer Aniston (the two later split in 2005). Looking back, Jolie recalled to Vogue that it wasn’t really love at first sight; she and Pitt just made a good team.
“Because of the film, we ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things, and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened,” Jolie told the publication in 2007.
She continued, “I think a few months in I realized, ‘God, I can’t wait to get to work.’ … Anything we had to do with each other, we just found a lot of joy in it together and a lot of real teamwork.”
While the former couple shared a lot of happy moments, they also had hard times. On Sept. 20, 2016, Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt, citing irreconcilable differences.
2003: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie meet on the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith
The actors first crossed paths while filming the spy thriller Mr. & Mrs. Smith, in which they play married assassins. At the time, Pitt was still married to Aniston while Jolie had recently separated from ex-husband Billy Bob Thorton.
“I didn’t know much about exactly where Brad was in his personal life,” Jolie recalled in a January 2007 Vogue interview. “But it was clear he was with his best friend, someone he loves and respects.” Jolie and Pitt remained friends throughout filming.
January 7, 2005: Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston separate
On Jan. 7, 2005, Pitt and Aniston announced their separation. “We would like to announce that after seven years together we have decided to formally separate. For those who follow these sorts of things, we would like to explain that our separation is not the result of any of the speculation reported by the tabloid media. This decision is the result of much thoughtful consideration,” Pitt and Aniston said in a joint statement to PEOPLE.
2005: Angelina Jolie travels to Ethiopia to adopt daughter Zahara Marley
While Angelina Jolie adopted her first son, Maddox, in 2002 from Cambodia, in the summer of 2005, Jolie became a mother of two after adopting newborn Zahara in Ethiopia. The Eternals actress wasn’t sharing too many details at the time, but she did tell PEOPLE that she and Maddox were “happy to have a new addition to our family.” Pitt accompanied Jolie…