Angelina Jolie looks menacing as Maleficent—especially when she's staring down Princess Aurora.
Walt Disney Pictures has released the first official movie still of the 38-year-old actress sharing the screen with her 5-year-old daughter Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, who makes a cameo as the younger version of Elle Fanning's character. "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 Pitt] and I at all," Jolie, who has five more kids, recently told Entertainment Weekly. "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."
Not all of the movie star's children reacted so casually to their mother becoming the Mistress of All Evil. "When [Pax Jolie-Pitt] 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 recalled. "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."
Pax and Zahara Jolie-Pitt make cameos during the christening scene, when Maleficent curses Aurora. "I had to walk by them being very mean," Jolie said. "Of course, I wanted to stop and wink at them."
Jolie had reservations about playing her "favorite" fairy tale villain. "She has a darkness," the Academy Award winner acknowledged in the magazines cover story. "And how do you make a film about someone who curses a baby and make her relatable? It's, like, the worst thing you could possibly do!"
Her children's cameos aside, the actress-turne-director said she loved working with Fanning. "Elle, the first time we met, she ran across the hallway and hugged me and jumped on me. We joked later it was like being attacked by a thousand cute, gorgeous bunnies," Jolie recalled. How did she react? "I was just frozen. I'd never had someone see me like that. When she sees me, I'm like a mom, a friend, a girl, and she just wants to be another girl. She's just full off love and happiness and cuteness and belief and sweetness, and when I was her age, I was the complete polar opposite. I was quite dark at that age."