If you’re starting out in showbiz, it’s pretty impressive to say you have an Academy Award winner and a three-time nominee as your acting coaches. Then again, it helps if you can call them Mom and Dad.
Angelina Jolie recently opened up about how she and fiancé Brad Pitt helped their 5-year-old daughter Vivienne get into character for her big screen debut, playing young Aurora in Maleficent.
“The first day was the day she had to catch the butterfly, and she really didn’t feel like doing it,” the 38-year-old star of the movie said at a press event for the flick.
“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,” Angie told reporters.
“She eventually did it but she was taking her sweet time and not wanting to do it twice, certainly.”
The mom-of-six went on to explain it helped that they were able to rehearse her scenes 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.”
Angelina has made it clear she and Brad won’t encourage their children to be actors, but will support them if they choose that path. On multiple occasions, she has explained it was necessary for her daughter to fill this role since they needed a young child who wouldn’t be scared of Angie in costume.
She even asked her daughter Shiloh to take on the role, but the 8-year-old rejected the offer.
“She laughed in my face,” Angelina told Elle.