The real reason Angelina Jolie's daughter got 'Maleficent' role

Angelina Jolie on the cover of 'Entertainment Weekly' as Maleficent.
Angelina Jolie on the cover of 'Entertainment Weekly' as Maleficent. Photo: Entertainment Weekly

It would be easy to assume that the now five-year-old Vivienne Jolie-Pitt scored her role as young Princess Aurora in Disney’s upcoming Maleficent because of her famous mother, Angelina Jolie, who plays the lead role in the film.

But in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the mother of six has revealed that her young daughter took up the role more out of necessity than desire as she was the only child who wasn’t afraid of her dressed as Maleficent.

“We think it’s fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors. That’s not our goal, for Brad and I, at all,” Jolie says. “But the other three- and four-year-old [performers] wouldn’t come near me. It had to be a child that liked me and wasn’t afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv.”

This week's cover of Entertainment Weekly.
This week's cover of Entertainment Weekly. 

Unfortunately not all her children responded the same way as Vivienne. The actress revealed to the magazine that she had accidently terrified her 10-year-old son Pax.

“When Pax saw me for the first time, he ran away and got upset—and I thought he was kidding, so I was pretending to chase him until I actually found him crying.”

Both Pax and nine-year-old Zahara were thankfully able to overcome their fear to appear as extras in the christening scene of the film. But Jolie was more aware of their reaction to her costume the second time around. “I had to walk by them being very mean,” Jolie said. “Of course, I wanted to stop and wink at them.”

A shot of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and her daughter Vivienne as Princess Aurora was shared by the magazine.
A shot of Angelina Jolie as Maleficent and her daughter Vivienne as Princess Aurora was shared by the magazine. Photo: Entertainment Weekly

The actress has spoken before of her surprise at discovering children were not excited to see her as the Disney character.

"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.

"One little kid even said, 'Mummy, please make the mean witch stop talking to me.' "

Disney’s Maleficent is a retelling of the classic Sleeping Beauty tale from the perspective of the supposedly evil witch herself and also stars Elle Fanning as the grown Princess Aurora.

Maleficent is due for release in July 2014.

Source: Vanity Fair