Disney’s latest retelling of Sleeping Beauty, from the point of view of the villainous Maleficent, presents a classic story with a new twist.
Maleficent is one of the most iconic fairy tale villains, and she’s played in the film of the same name by Angelina Jolie, one of the biggest stars in the industry.
Jolie said she was drawn to the character even as a young girl.
“When I was little … I didn’t relate to princesses,” she said in an interview with “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I saw Maleficent, and I just thought she was so — she was so elegant.”
Jolie talked about getting Maleficent’s voice just right.
“I didn’t know what to do with the voice … so when I give my kids a bath at night I would tell them stories in different voices,” she said, adding that when she did “this particular voice they couldn’t stop laughing.”
“The bigger I got, the more they laughed,” she said.
This is Jolie’s first film role in four years, but she certainly hasn’t been out of the spotlight. Last year, she candidly shared her decision to undergo a preventive double mastectomy. She made headlines, and possibly changed lives.
“I really didn’t know how people would react,” she said when Stephanopoulos asked her what she thought of how people would respond to her revelation. “I didn’t know if there would be some kind of strange silly reaction.”
When Stephanopoulos asked if she was worried about it, she said: “I wasn’t worried about it, but I didn’t expect there to be so much support. And I was very moved by it. … It’s connected me so much to other families, other women.”
“And you know, and now when I meet people, we don’t talk as much about films, but we talk about their children, or women’s choices, or their wives,” she added. “It’s been a really beautiful journey.”
Her openness on the issue is yet another example of Jolie using her stardom to shine a light on social issues. It’s something she’s been doing for more than a decade through her humanitarian work.
Stephanopoulos reminded her of a conversation they’d had in 2005, when he asked her if she would ever think about entering politics. Back then, she told him “no, no, I have way too many skeletons.”
He asked if she would reconsider her decision now.
“I wonder if by now if my skeletons are out. They’re probably all out,” she said, laughing. “You know, if I thought I’d be effective, I would. But I’m not sure if I would ever be taken seriously in that way, and be able to be effective.”
Stephanopoulos also asked Jolie about when she would be getting married to partner Brad Pitt, with whom she has six children.
“We don’t have a date, and we’re not hiding anything, but we really don’t know. We talk to the kids about it once in a while. … And one of them suggested paintball. And we thought, ‘Well, different,’” she said, laughing.
“So who knows,” Jolie said. “You know, I think the important thing is that whatever we do it’s that the kids do have a great time, and we all — you know, take seriously the love, and the connection between all of us. But also just get silly and do something memorable.”