ON SCREEN STAR AND DI­REC­TOR

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re­la­tion­ships are more com­pli­cated. So we hope it’s not just a new spin. We hope it’s up­dated it to make it more mean­ing­ful and give it more res­o­nance to­day.”

One el­e­ment that res­onated a lit­tle too much as the look of Malef­i­cent her­self. Con­se­quently for a se­quence in which the aloof, haughty and im­pos­ing fairy has to be greeted by an ador­ing child Jolie found her­self re­ly­ing on her own daugh­ter, five-yearold Vivi­enne. The rea­son, says the star, was ex­pe­di­ency.

“We have never in­tended – and we still don’t – to put our chil­dren in film. The rea­son we needed to put Vivi­enne in the film was be­cause there was a [se­quence] when Aurora is five and she has to not see me as a de­mon.

“All the lit­tle kids who came to the set – crew mem­bers would bring their chil­dren – would see me and they would be ter­ri­fied.

“They would cry or they would freeze. They cer­tainly couldn’t do a scene with me so it was gen­uinely out of ne­ces­sity that it had to be Vivi­enne. The idea that she’s in a movie is still funny to her Mom and Dad.”

And so to the fu­ture. Jolie’s next film is Un­bro­ken, the story of Olympic ath­lete Louis Zam­perini and his war­time ex­pe­ri­ences.

She di­rects ris­ing Bri­tish ac­tor Jack O’Con­nell as the es­caped PoW who en­dured weeks on a life raft. Is di­rect­ing the road she will travel from now on?

“Act­ing is go­ing to be tak­ing more of a back seat. I’ve had a won­der­ful ca­reer and I’m very happy to have had all the op­por­tu­ni­ties to tell sto­ries and work for as long as I have. I’m sure there will be a few more films [to act in] but I would like to fo­cus more on writ­ing and di­rect­ing.”

Malef­i­cent (PG) is on sat­u­ra­tion re­lease.

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