Angelina Jolie: Daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt was cast in 'Maleficent' because she was only kid on set who wasn't scared of me
Angelina Jolie told Entertainment Weekly that her daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt got a part in ‘Maleficent’ because she was the only kid on the set who didn’t fear her mother in full evil costume.
It wasn't nepotism; it was a real life fairy tale.
Angelina Jolie revealed that the reason her now 5-year-old daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt got the plum role of a young Princess Aurora in Disney's upcoming "Maleficent" is because the pint-sized cutie was the only kid on the set who wasn't afraid of her mother in full costume.
"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 told Entertainment Weekly in this week's cover story. "But the other 3- and 4-year-old [actors] wouldn't come near me. Big kids thought I was cool- but little kids didn't like me.
"So in order to have a child that wants to play...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."
Jolie herself plays the titular schemer in "Maleficent," which focuses on the backstory behind the villainous witch in the studio's 1959 animated classic, "Sleeping Beauty."
In her full makeup and costume regalia, the 38-year-old actress cast a powerful spell on other children .
"I had a friend come with their children and when I met the kids, the kids froze and screamed so much that I had to go wait in my trailer," Jolie told EW.
"When (son) Pax saw me for the first time he ran away and got upset - and I thought he was kidding, so I pretended to chase him until I actually found him crying.
"I had to take off pieces (of the makeup) in front of him to show him it was all fake and not freak him out so much."
"Maleficent," co-starring "District 9"'s Sharlto Copley and "Super 8"'s Elle Fanning, hits theaters on May 30.
The film marks the directorial debut of Robert Stromberg, who won a pair of Oscars for production design for "Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland."