This Spring, Angelina Jolie will hit the big screen as one of the most infamous Disney villains, Maleficent, from Sleeping Beauty. But despite the film’s PG rating, some of the actress’ kids didn’t take to mom dressed in her character’s costume too well!
“When Pax (10) saw me for the first time, he ran away and got upset,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “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 out so much.”
The 39-year-old revealed that her six kids initially tried to get her to turn down the role, so she decided to tell them the real story of her character, instructing them not to tell anybody. “The next day, I heard Shiloh getting into a fight with another kid, defending Maleficent, saying, ‘You don’t understand her!’ They got into a bit of an argument and I thought — that’s the reason to do the film.”
In fact, Angelina’s five-year-old daughter, Vivienne, even makes a cameo in the movie, playing a younger version of Elle Fanning’s Aurora. “We think it’s fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors,” she explained. “That’s not the goal for Brad [Pitt] and I at all. But the other 3-and-4-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.”
Pax and 9-year-old Zahara also make brief appearances. Maleficent is due out on May 30.