Angelina Jolie knew she wanted one of her real daughters to play the child version of her onscreen nemesis, Princess Aurora, in the new Disney movie "Maleficent," but her first choice found the idea hilarious.
The 38-year-old Oscar-winning actress, who plays the title horned villain, talked about her children and their dad and fiance Brad Pitt in a new interview published in ELLE magazine's June 2014 issue, which was posted online on Wednesday, May 7.
"I asked Shiloh about being Aurora, and she laughed in my face," Jolie told the outlet, referring to her and Pitt's 7-year-old daughter. "She said she'd be a horned creature."
Cast in her place was younger sister Vivienne, 5, who has a twin brother, Knox. They are the youngest out of the six children of Jolie and Pitt.
"For young Aurora, they needed a child who wouldn't be fazed by the Mistress of All Evil hissing, 'I don't like children' in her face," Jolie told ELLE. "And my little Vivienne -- we call her my shadow, because there's nothing I can do to shake her. I can be tired, I can be grumpy, I can be in a terrible mood, and she doesn't care. It's 'Mommy, Mommy,' and she'll cling to me."
"We knew that she would still do that thing, she'd still smile at me and insist that I pick her up," the actress continued. "So we couldn't really cast anybody else."
Angelina Jolie: "I never thought I'd have children"
Jolie and Pitt are also parents to adopted kids Maddox, 12, Pax, 10 and Zahara, 9. The latter two also make cameos in "Maleficent," which is set for release on May 30 (watch trailers, below).
Jolie is the daughter of actor Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, who divorced the actor in 1980 and died in 2007. Jolie has been married twice -- to Jonny Lee Miller, her co-star in the movie "Hackers," and to Billy Bob Thornton, who starred with her in the film "Pushing Tin." She and Pitt have been together since 2005, when they played a spy couple in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," and announced their engagement in April 2012.
"I never thought I'd have children, I never thought I'd be in love, I never thought I'd meet the right person," Jolie told ELLE. "Having come from a broken home -- you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale, and you just don't look for them."
(Pictured above: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt appear with kids Shiloh, Vivienne, Pax and Zahara at Narita International Airport in Tokyo on Nov. 10, 2011. / Angelina Jolie appears on the cover of ELLE magazine's June 2014 issue. Credit: FLO / Startraksphoto.com / ELLE / Hearst Communications Inc.)