New photos from the upcoming live-action Disney film Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and the young Vivian Jolie-Pitt, have been released.

Angelina Jolie On Acting With Her Daughter

Maleficent tells the story of the evil sorceress from Disney’s classic Sleeping Beauty (1959) uncovering how she became such an evil creature. Fanning plays a teenage Princess Aurora, and she certainly looks the part, but finding a young child to play a young Aurora proved much more difficult as all the children they met with were too afraid of Jolie in full Maleficent makeup.

In the end, casting Vivian, 5, in the role of young Aurora was almost a necessity, not an effort by Jolie to thrust her child into acting.

“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 [Pitt] and I at all. But the other 3- and 4-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,” Jolie explained in an interview with EW.

Via: EW / Photo credit: Frank Connor

Two of Vivian’s older siblings, Pax and Zahara, also have cameos in the film during the christening scene, something Jolie said was slightly harder to film than expected. Of filming the scene with her children, Jolie admitted it was difficult not to break character to send a smile their way.

“I had to walk by them being very mean. Of course, I wanted to stop and wink at them,” Jolie said.

Angelina Jolie Scared Her Children With 'Maleficent' Makeup

In fact, the entire Jolie-Pitt clan conferred about Jolie’s choice to participate in the film. Jolie reveals that all six of her children were extremely hesitant of their mother taking the part, “They went ‘She’s so scary!’”

To alleviate their fears, Jolie says she sat her kids down and explained to them the plot of the film and how the character of Maleficent was going to be explored in the movie.

“The exercise wasn’t how can we have fun with a villain? It was: What turns people evil and vile and aggressive and cruel? What could have possibly happened to her?” Jolie said in the interview.

When she heard her children beginning to doubt Maleficent’s evil nature, she knew she had their blessing.

“So this was my test too, like any parent. 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.”

Of course, there were still a few bumps in the road when it came to Jolie’s transformation into Maleficent. To portray the ‘Mistress of All Evil,’ Jolie wears prosthetics to change her face structure and horns, not to mention contacts and very unsettling makeup. The first time she showed her children what she looked like in full makeup, she scared Pax, 10, to tears.

“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. 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,” Jolie said.

During her interview, Jolie also touched on the support Jolie has received from fans after going public about her decision to undergo a double mastectomy last year to prevent cancer.

“Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women’s issues, breast cancer, ovacian cancer. I’ve talked to men about their daughters’ and wives’ health. It makes me feel closer to other people who deal with the same things and have either lost their parents or are considering surgeries or wondering about their children. I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people,” Jolie said.

Maleficent hits theaters May 30.

– Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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