Angelina Jolie found out the hard way that just because you’re a Disney character doesn’t mean children will love you, especially when you are dressed as a horned witch.
The actress revealed she has been taken aback by the number of scared children she has encountered while in costume for her role as Maleficent.
"These little kids would visit the set, and I would think, 'Oh, I am a Disney character,' so I would go over to them, and say, 'Hi there’. They would just scream," said the actress to a packed crowd in California.
"One little kid even said, 'Mummy, please make the mean witch stop talking to me.' "
Her four-year-old daughter and co-star Vivienne, who plays young princess Aurora, was apparently the only child not scared of her.
"Vivienne was the only 4-year-old who didn't scream when she saw me," said Jolie.
Thankfully the mother of six received a better reception on Saturday when she surprised fans at Disney’s D23 event (which unveils the studio’s upcoming films) with a sneak peek at her highly anticipated film, Maleficent, a modern take on the tale of Sleeping Beauty.
The star introduced never-before-seen footage from the film, including a scene of Vivienne running through a field as young Sleeping Beauty, the three fairies quarrelling, and a shot of Fanning as the grown princess Aurora, according to USA Today.
Jolie also revealed her fascination with the evil sorceress began as a child and influenced her decision to take on the role.
"Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favourite. I was terrified of her, but I was so drawn to her," Jolie said. "She had this elegance and grace, and yet she was so cruel. Just wonderfully and deliciously cruel."
The film also stars Elle Fanning as Sleeping Beauty and two of Jolie’s other children, Pax and Zahara have walk-on roles.
Maleficent is due for release in early 2014.