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OTRC: Angelina Jolie talks 'Maleficent,' daughter and double mastectomy

Angelina Jolie appears at the 2014 Oscars on March 2, 2014. / Jolie appears on the cover of Entertainment Weekly's March 14, 2014 issue. (Kyle Rover/startraksphoto.com / Entertainment Weekly)

Angelina Jolie opens up in a new interview about taking on the role of one of Disney's biggest villains, her daughter making a cameo in "Maleficent" and her life after undergoing a double mastectomy.

Jolie, 38, appears on the cover of the current issue of Entertainment Weekly in full costume as Maleficent. She will be playing the "Sleeping Beauty" villain in the upcoming film "Maleficent," which tells the origin story of the evil character. The movie is set to hit theaters on May 30 and a trailer for the film can be seen below.

"It is really funny when people say you'd be obvious for a great villain," Jolie told the magazine.

Jolie and Brad Pitt's 5-year-old daughter, Vivienne, makes a cameo in the film as the younger version of Princess Aurora. A photo from her scene can be viewed here. Jolie explained that Vivienne wasn't initially supposed to appear in the film.

"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," the actress told the magazine. "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."

Jolie also talked to the magazine about her life after revealing that she underwent a double mastectomy and had reconstructive cosmetic surgery on her chest last year. The actress had tested positive for the BRCA1 gene, which carried an 87 percent risk of contracting breast cancer.

"Wherever I go, usually I run into women and we talk about health issues, women's issues, breast cancer, ovarian cancer. I've talked to men about their daughters' and wives' health," Jolie told the magazine. "It makes me feel closer to other people who deal with the same things and have either lost their parents or are considering surgeries or wondering about their children."

She added, "I was very, very moved by all the support and kindness from so many people."

Watch the trailer for "Maleficent" below.

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