'Maleficent': Angelina Jolie on Wearing Leather Horns and Acting With Her Daughter (Video)
The actress expanded on wearing prosthetic cheekbones and evoking audience sympathy for the villainous character who cursed baby Aurora.
Angelina Jolie has enjoyed a diverse film career to date, but Maleficent brought her a few firsts on set — one of which was those leather horns.
"I did actually have to take it very slowly," she told George Stephanopoulos in a Good Morning America interview that aired Thursday morning. "I had two different sets of horns -- I had horns that I could pop off, because I kept banging into things, and when they were wrapped in leather, I couldn't. So I was this seven-and-a-half-foot-tall [being] with my staff, and I kept getting my staff caught in my cloak. It all went terribly wrong!" And as for the prosthetic cheekbones, kids needn't worry: "It didn't hurt!"
Another first: helping her five-year-old daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt through her first onscreen role as a young Aurora. "She knows what Mommy and Daddy do for a living," said Jolie, noting that her daughter knew she was acting, rather than simply playing around on a set.
"The first day she acted was when she had to catch the butterfly, and I wasn't in the scene with her, and that was, I think, a little bit more complicated," she continued, adding that Disney said that her coaching tactics alongside Brad Pitt made for some hilarious dailies. "It's me and Brad jumping around, and I'm holding the ball and trying to get her to follow me, and he's on the cliff, kind of getting her to jump into his arms, and we're singing. It was hard work!"
While Jolie has previously mentioned that she wouldn't prefer that her children also pursue acting, she commented, "You can't stop your kids from anything. The creative side is wonderful; the very public side is not something I think we wish for them.… You do some things that are fun, and you can also shed light on really serious issues, and things that you really care about, and that's the most wonderful side of being public. You can do some good. For that, I think I've found the balance in a purpose for it all."
So what did Jolie hope to bring to the villainous role that hadn't been seen before? "How do you possibly tell a story or have anybody, anybody in any way, care about a character that curses a baby? How is that possible?" she said. "The worst thing you could possibly do -- an innocent little child. What could possibly make a person, a woman, do this to a child?"
Watch the interview in the video below: