*Angelina Jolie’s daughter Vivienne wasn’t supposed to be in her mom’s new Disney film “Maleficent” as the young Princess Aurora, but producers thought there might be a problem casting the role – because the mere sight of Jolie in her horned costume was scaring other little kids to death.
“There were kids that would come to set and they would see me, and I would go up and say hi to them and they would cry,” the actress told us during roundtable interviews for the movie, due in theaters May 30. “I had one child completely freeze, and then cry. It was like terror.
“I felt so bad, but we realized there was no waythat we were going to find a four or five-year-old that I could be as strong with, that would not see me as a monster. So suddenly, there was Vivi running around looking like little Aurora and everybody kind of thought, ‘Oh. The answer’s right there.”
The Disney film retells the story of the 1959 animated classic “Sleeping Beauty” from the perspective of Maleficent (Jolie), a wicked sorceress who was once a fairy with wings that were stolen from her. That theft sent Maleficent spiraling downward toward evil. The fallen fairy eventually curses the infant Princess Aurora (played by Vivienne as an infant, and Elle Fanning as a teen) at her christening.
Below, Jolie explains how Zahara and Vivienne’s other brothers and sisters helped the budding actress get into character.