Mar 07

Angelina Jolie Casts a Spell as Maleficent on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly

MaleficentCoverAngelina Jolie is stunning and a bit scary on this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly, as the villian in Disney’s Maleficent.

In this week’s issue of EW, the actress gives her first in-depth interview about Disney’s revisionist take on Sleeping Beauty, which retells the classic folk tale from the wicked point-of-view. “The exercise wasn’t how can we have fun with a villain?” Jolie says. “It was: What turns people evil and vile and aggressive and cruel? What could have possibly happened to her?” ”It is really funny when people say you’d be obvious for a great villain,” she says with a laugh.

Jolie also discusses the role her children played in the film, particularly Vivienne who stepped in to portray a young Princess Aurora in the film, because all of the young children who auditioned for the role were too frightened by Jolie’s black-horned appearance. Only Vivienne, one of her and Brad Pitt’s youngest children, proved not to be scared by the intimidating horns and icy cackle.

“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 says. “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 says it took awhile for her older kids to get Maleficent4used to her malevolent new appearance, though.

“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,” Jolie says. “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.”

Eventually they got used to it and Pax and Zahara even turn up as extras in the famous christening scene, when Maleficent appears to place the sleeping curse on the kingdom’s infant princess. “I had to walk by them being very mean,” Jolie says. “Of course, I wanted to stop and wink at them.”

Jolie also addresses her recent health issue concerns that led her to undergo a preventative double mastectomy last year — penning a New York Times op-ed afterward about the experience, hoping to inspire and encourage others facing such a choice.

“Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women’s issues, breast cancer, ovarian 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,” she says. “I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people.”

Be sure to pick up the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, featuring Angelina Jolie as Maleficent on stands today. Disney’s Maleficent debuts in theaters on May 30.


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