'We needed a child who wasn't afraid of my face, so we hired daughter Viv' - Angelina Jolie on Maleficent
Published 06/03/2014 | 10:56
Hollywood icon Angelina Jolie’s daughter is following in her family’s footsteps as she set to star alongside her famous mother in a new movie.
Angelina cast her daughter Vivienne in her new flick Maleficent because many of the children that auditioned were terrified of the actress in full costume.
She said her daughter was given the part out of necessity because the child actors were petrified when they saw Angelina in character as Sleeping Beauty's nemesis, with prosthetic cheekbones and horns.
Angelina and her acting legend husband Brad Pitt have always insisted that they do not want their children to enter the acting world.
‘‘We think it’s fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors,’’ she told Entertainment Weekly magazine.
‘‘That's not our goal, for Brad and I, at all. But the other three and four-year-old [actors] 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,’’ she added.
The actress plays the role of an evil fairy, with piercing green eyes and gothic attire, in the upcoming adaptation of 'Sleeping Beauty’.
Some of her other children, Zahara, eight and Pax, ten, were extras on the set and were initially scared of their mother’s wicked transformation.
‘‘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,’’ she said.
‘‘I had to walk by them being very mean, of course, I wanted to stop and wink at them,’’ she added.
The Sleeping Beauty reboot tells the story of Maleficent, the evil nemesis in the original animated 1959 Disney film who put Princess Aurora to sleep.
It is set for release on May 30 with co-stars Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning and Juno Temple accompanying Angelina on screen.
‘‘It is really funny when people say you'd be obvious for a great villain,’’ she said of her role.
Angelina and Brad also have children Maddox, 12, Shiloh, seven and Vivienne's twin Knox, together.
‘‘I heard Shiloh getting into a fight with another kid, defending Maleficent, saying, ‘you don't understand her!’,’’ she added.