Angelina Jolie discovered a cute side effect of playing Disney's most formidable villains -- one of her and Brad Pitt's six children now thinks she can speak to birds.
The 38-year-old Oscar winner plays the title character in "Maleficent," a live-action spinoff of the 1959 Disney animated classic, "Sleeping Beauty." Her youngest daughter, Vivienne, 5, plays the child version of Princess Aurora, while actress Elle Fanning plays the main teen version of the character. Maleficent has a sidekick and spy, a raven named Diaval (Diablo in the animated movie). The villain herself also has wings -- and horns.
Check out 5 highlights from our interview with Angelina Jolie ahead of the May 30 release of "Maleficent" and watch it in full above.
1. Knox Jolie-Pitt thinks Mommy speaks to birds.
"My littlest boy is quite obsessed with Diaval," Jolie told OTRC.com, referring to Vivienne's twin brother, Knox. "He sees crows outside the house and he's like, 'Mommy! Diaval! You should go outside. You should go talk to him.'"
2. On wearing her horns ...
"I was aware [of my horns] when I would knock myself over, 'cause I had trouble getting out of the trailer, at first," Jolie told OTRC.com. "It's one of those things where you realize, you get all dressed up and you kinda feel like, 'OK, this is where you have to stop taking yourself so seriously,' or thinking whatever and being shy ... your job is to entertain people. And if you embrace this character and have a great time with it and own it, then people will enjoy it with you."
3. Is "Maleficent" kid-friendly?
The movie is darker than many of Disney's past films and is rated PG. Jolie told OTRC.com that her and Pitt's children have seen the movie "and they love it."
"Parents knows their children," she said. "So of course there are little kids that are easily terrified of things. But I genuinely think it's one that's good for kids. I think I could say to other parent, 'You bring your young children and they might have that little moment of not understanding the darkness but in the understanding of it and in the getting to know it, it'll actually help them because there's more to the darkness and it actually opens up your fears of what you think is just dark and scary and ugly.'"
"And I think it opens children up to know that there's more too it," she added. "And there's a lot of fun to be had and I think the children will ... it's very, very much made for children."
4. The lessons of "Maleficent" ...
"We always talked about it in that there is a strong sense of justice and right and wrong and there's a strong sense of judgement," Jolie said. "People have assumed they knew her forever. But nobody knew why she became the way she is. And I think in understanding that, we understand more about people. I think that's an interesting thing to explore. And also she, in the same time, can't judge Aurora because Aurora's lovely and sweet and pretty and human."
"What do you learn when you go deeper into a story and how can people affect each other, people who are different?" she said, adding: "I think children who have been bullied or anybody that's been oppressed in any way will relate."
5. Is Maleficent a totally evil villain?
"Well, let's be clear. She still curses a baby," Jolie said. "She's not exactly a good guy."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).