The real reason Angelina Jolie's daughter was cast in 'Maleficent'
March 6th, 2014
05:20 PM ET

The real reason Angelina Jolie's daughter was cast in 'Maleficent'

Angelina Jolie intentionally cast her daughter, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, in her upcoming movie, but not for the reason you might think.

As the star of the upcoming "Maleficent" explains to Entertainment Weekly in its new issue, Vivienne didn't land in the film as a part of good old Hollywood nepotism. She genuinely had something other kid actors lacked.

"The other 3- and 4-year-old performers wouldn't come near me," Jolie tells the magazine, pointing out that her costume for "Maleficent," in which she plays the evil sorceress from "Sleeping Beauty" who curses Princess Aurora, was so elaborately scary that it terrified all the kids on set.

Since the movie needed a young actor to portray Aurora as a child, it had to be one "that liked me and wasn’t afraid of my horns and my eyes and my claws," Jolie says.. "So it had to be Viv.”

In actuality, she and her fiance, Brad Pitt, aren't trying to pressure any of their six kids to join the family business.

"We think it’s fun for our kids to have cameos and join us on set, but not to be actors," she says. "That’s not our goal for Brad and I at all."

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