Angelina Jolie Q&A: Bringing malevolent 'Maleficent' to life, doing some good in the world -- and those '50 Shades' rumors

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Your face is also physically different in the movie. They enhanced your features.
The cheekbones were glued on every morning and her nose is different. She has a stronger nose than me, though it’s subtle. We wanted to take away the things that were softer on my face. I have green and yellow and blue in my eyes so it’s an extreme color of my actually color.

What was it like carrying those massive horns on your head?
It was pretty funny, because I kept on hitting my horns on things, the framing was very strange.

I love the awkward Angelina Jolie!
[Laughs] They were actually kind of heavy. There had to be [lighter weight] ones that you could ride horses in because if you fall with something [heavy] attached to your head, that’s it — it could break your neck. There were softer horns for the fights. The harder ones were magnetic so I could actually clip them off and walk around, but then I looked like a little bear. It did not look half as cool.

So you sacrifice a little coolness for comfort.
Because they were magnetic, I could take them off for lunch or I could just give my neck a break. When they weren’t the magnetic ones, I did almost knock myself out quite a few times. It’s not just that you’re a foot taller on top, you’re also in five-inch heels so you are really big. I was out of whack for a bit. Definitely, it took me a while to become graceful with her.

Two of your other children appear in the christening scene, right?
Yeah, they’re with their teachers. The idea of that day was the prince and princesses from around the world show up for the christening, so there will people of all races, all creeds. 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 it at home [in the animated film] as a family. I had to walk by them being very mean. Of course, I wanted to stop and wink at them.

And what did Brad think of costume?
I don’t know! You know, I never asked him. He thinks she’s cool. 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.

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