All kids on set of “Maleficent” were scared…. except for one!


We’re getting more and more movie scoop on the upcoming Disney film, “Maleficent” starring Angelina Jolie. There is a lot of buzz around the film, not just because it’s a classic story, but also because of the appearance of the main character. Angelina Jolie’s make up for Maleficent is a bit on the scary side, especially for kids. In an upcoming interview for Entertainment Weekly, Jolie spoke about having to cast children for the movie, and most of them were too scared of her in costume. That being said, the child who portrays the young Aurora in the movie is actually her daughter, Vivienne.

“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” said Jolie.

In order to make the other children feel more comfortable with her on the set, she gathered them all together to tell them a more sympathetic story of her character, so they wouldn’t be so afraid. “I said, ‘Let me tell you the real story but you can’t tell anybody,’” she recalls. “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.”

Even though her younger child was ok with the scary Maleficent costume, her older children took some additional convincing to get used to how she looked.

“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. Pax and Zahara also 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.”

I’m sure it was a bit scary for a child to see, even some adults shudder at the Maleficent costume, it’s a bit creepy! I know in my household, we’re looking forward to the opening of this film, can’t wait! Stay tuned to TMSM for more movie info and updates!

Thanks to Entertainment Weekly for the information!

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Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the books “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” “How Many Sleeps Till Disney?” and “How Many Sleeps Till Disneyland?” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 107.3 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others. ~ I enjoy writing personal perspective blogs, doing TMSM Meet Ups for our readers, and keeping the constant interaction going with others, sharing the Disney Magic to people when they can’t be at their Happy Place.

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