Little Vivienne Jolie-Pitt needed some help getting into character for her first-ever film role in “Maleficent,” and her famous folks, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and five brothers and sisters were only too happy to help.
“The first day was the day she had to catch the butterfly, and she just really didn’t feel like doing it,” Jolie, 38, said about her 5-year-old daughter at a recent Disney press roundtable for the film. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.
“I actually was holding the pole with the ball on the end and bouncing up and down and dancing, trying to make her laugh, and daddy was on the edge of the cliff she had to jump off, making faces and all her brothers and sisters were egging her on,” Jolie said. “She eventually did it but she was taking her sweet time and not wanting to do it twice, certainly.”
Jolie also practiced scenes with Vivienne at home.
“When we did it together, we had a good time, we played together,” she said. “I was actually shocked that she was doing so well. She went back and hit her mark! It’s frightening.”
In addition to Vivienne, who plays the part of young Princess Aurora, siblings Zahara, now 9, and Pax, 10, have small walk-on roles in the film.
But Jolie and Pitt, 50, are not pushing their six children to follow in their footsteps.
“I want them to do it for fun only, and when they get older, if they decide to be actors, I would just ask that that’s not the center of their lives,” she explained to the group of reporters. “That’s an aspect but they are involved in many other things, because I don’t think it’s a healthy focus as the center of your life.”