Angelina Jolie has said her daughter Vivienne was cast in her upcoming movie Maleficent because she was the only kid who wasn't terrified by the actress's horned costume — but the experience was so stressful she and Brad Pitt never want to do it again.
In an interview with Elle, Jolie explained how Vivienne got sucked into the role in the first place and why it left the parents of six wanting to keep their kids out of the business forever.
"My little Vivienne — we call her my shadow, because there's nothing I can do to shake her," Jolie told the mag. "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. So we couldn't really cast anybody else. I asked Shiloh about being Aurora, and she laughed in my face. She said she'd be a horned creature."
By all accounts Vivienne's acting debut is stellar, but the experience for Jolie and Pitt? Not so much.
"Brad and I made the decision that we wouldn't keep them from sets and the fun of making movies, but we wouldn't [glorify it either] — we wouldn't make it a good thing or a bad thing," she explained. "But I would really prefer they do something else. After two days of it, Brad and I were so stressed we never wanted to do it again."
Jolie also revealed that she never thought she'd find the kind of love she shares with Pitt, and gushed about how lucky she is to have him.
"I never thought I'd have children, I never thought I'd be in love, I never thought I'd meet the right person," she said. "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."
"You get together, and you're two individuals, and you feel inspired by each other, you challenge each other, you complement each other, drive each other beautifully crazy. After all these years, we have history — and when you have history with somebody, you're friends in such a very real, deep way that there's such a comfort, and an ease, and a deep love that comes from having been through quite a lot together."
Read the complete interview with Angelina Jolie in the June issue of Elle magazine, available on newsstands May 13.
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