While speaking to Entertainment Weekly about her role in Disney's adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, the 38-year-old actress said even her own children were afraid of her the first time they saw her in the Maleficent costume.
“They went, ‘She’s so scary!’” Jolie said, adding that her and Brad Pitt's 5-year-old daughter Vivienne was among the few who could stomach the character's looks.
"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,” Jolie says. “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, an avid fan of the self-proclaimed "Mistress of All Evil," tried to get the rest of her kids to warm up to her character by sitting them down to tell them "the real story" about Maleficent.
“When that character makes mistakes -- which Maleficent does, and crosses many lines -- you want them to be angry at her and concerned and confused and in the end, somehow understand something that they didn’t know before,” she said.
Still, not all the children were convinced.
“When Pax saw me for the first time, he ran away and got upset -- and I thought he was kidding, so I was pretending to chase him until I actually found him crying,” Jolie says. “I had to take off pieces [of the makeup] in front of him to show him it was all fake and not freak out so much.”
The EW issue starring Jolie hits stands March 7. Maleficent will be in theaters on May 30, 2014.