Academy Award-winning actress Angelina Jolie covers the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly and opens up about her six children with Brad Pitt – Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, 9, Shiloh, 7, and 5-year-old twins Vivienne and Knox – and their reaction to mom’s scary character in Disney’s Maleficent, due to hit theaters on May 30.
On her kids’ reaction to her version of Sleeping Beauty’s villainess in Maleficent: “They went, ‘She’s so scary!’ ” Jolie adds that only Vivienne proved not to be scared by the intimidating black horns and icy cackle. Thus, her youngest daughter ended up playing a young version of Princess Aurora in the film.
On their kids being actors: “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. 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.”
On telling the kids about her scary role: “I said, ‘Let me tell you the real story but you can’t tell anybody.’ 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.”
On Pax’s first reaction to her new role: “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.”
On family life: “Outside my home I can be somewhat serious. [But with my family] we laugh and we play, and I’m light again, and I’m a kid again, and I’m loving and soft again because they’ve brought that back in my life.”
For more from Angelina, pick up the new issue of EW, on stands Friday, March 7.