Jennifer Aniston: How I Coped with Brad Pitt Divorce

07/07/2011 at 02:55 PM EDT

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If Jennifer Aniston seemed a little too convincing in The Break-Up, she'll be the first to admit that it wasn't all an act.

In her starring role in the 2006 romantic comedy, which she described as "a beautiful human story," the Emmy Award-winning actress, 42, had her own personal inspiration from which to draw.

"I was slightly familiar with the topic," she joked to James Lipton on Bravo's Inside the Actors Studio, which airs Monday. "So I honestly felt like, 'What a great way to sort of exorcise some of that.' "

The role, after all, came just a year after her much-publicized split from husband Brad Pitt in 2005.

This personal connection, she says, made it "easier, oddly," to tap into her character. "You would think otherwise," she explains, but the hit film was her way of saying, "Turn the page. Let's move on."

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