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Vivienne Jolie-Pitt stars as young Aurora: Only child not scared of Maleficent

Angelina Jolie's role as the evil Maleficent scared all children except Vivienne Jolie-Pitt
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Just the previews of Disney's 'Maleficent' look indisputably scary.....even to adults. According to an Entertainment Weekly report dated March 5, Jolie's children were not thrilled about her starring as the evil villain. In fact, when Jolie first told her children that she was thinking of playing the live-action version of Maleficent all of her children freaked out and said "no," with the exception of one of her youngest children. Vivienne Jolie-Pitt who is now five, wasn't afraid of her Mom's scary attire.

In fact, it was a challenge to find any young child besides her who wasn't completely terrified of Maleficent with her yellow eyes, claws and horns. Therefore, Vivienne ended up starring as the young Aurora.

"She was 4 at the time. Other 3- and 4-year-old [actors] wouldn't come near me," Jolie, 39, reveals in the March 14 issue of Entertainment Weekly. "So in order to have a child that wants to play with [Maleficent] … It had to be a child that really liked me and wasn't afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws. So it had to be Viv."

Though Brad and Angelina enjoy having their children on set as cameos in their films, they aren't all about making them the actors. This particular casting just happened to be more out of necessity than ambition.

In case anyone is wondering who Maleficent is: She is the Sleeping Beauty villain who is perhaps one of the most wicked characters in Disney history. The film Maleficent gives her back story and attempts to share how the horned-character became misguided. It also reveals what led her to curse young Princess Aurora.

Though it took Jolie's older children awhile to get used to her less than pleasant role, they eventually came to a better understanding of what she was doing.

“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."

However, Pax and Zahara eventually warmed up to the idea a bit, and ended up appearing as extras.

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

'Maleficent' is set to hit theaters on May 30. The film is rated PG for sequences of action and violence, including frightening images.

Do you plan to watch her dark back story? Would you let your children watch this movie? Sound in the comment section below.

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