Says “Mom Was A Bit Nutso” Preparing For Maleficent


Celebrity mom Angelina Jolie was very excited to play the role of Maleficent and she reveals that she spend a lot of time trying to perfect everything from her voice to her mannerisms.  The mom of six often used her kids as inspiration and to gauge how the character was developing.  She shared with Entertainment Weekly, “I loved being Maleficent. I was quite sad to put my staff down and put my horns away because somehow, she just lives in a different world.  But I did have to take my staff home to practice walking with it in my cloak, and then I would go outside and scream at the bushes to expand my voice and play with my voice. So, mom was a bit nutso for a period.”

Angelina shared about trying to find the right voice, using her kids.   “I started making up other stories about Maleficent.  And they weren’t really paying attention to me, as children often do. You can bore them to death, until I started to mess around with this playful [sing-songy] voice.  It gets very, very dark. But it had these colors. My kids started laughing. And that’s how I would rehearse my scenes. I would do it until my kids were somehow smiling or thought that was funny, because you have to do that and go there with her.”
She also reveals that not only are Pax and Zahara making cameos in the film, but their teachers are, too!  In the scene with Princess Aurora’s christening, “It was Pax and his teacher, who is Vietnamese, playing the Vietnamese Queen and Prince and then Zahara and her teacher playing the African or Nubian queen and princess. I love that christening scene so much and of course we’ve watched [Sleeping Beauty] at home as a family.”
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