As a mum, Angelina Jolie is used to being around kids, but probably not dressed up as Maleficent – the evil witch from Sleeping Beauty, who Jolie is playing in the upcoming, 2014 movie. And as it turns out, kids don’t like witches – they hate witches.

Angelina JolieJolie is a fan of her character's evil side

"These little kids would visit the set, and I would think, 'Oh, I am a Disney character,' so I would go over to them, and say, 'Hi there.' They would just scream. One little kid even said, 'Mommy, please make the mean witch stop talking to me'." (Access Hollywood)

Maleficent first made an appearance way back in 1954 in the original Sleeping Beauty movie. The ‘Mistress of All Evil’ has also been part of the Kingdom Hearts video game series. Kristin Bauer van Straten starred as Maleficent in Once Upon a Time - the American fairy tale drama series that premiered on ABC back in 2011.

“Vivienne was the only 4-year-old who didn’t scream when she saw me,” she said. “Since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favorite. I was terrified of her, but I was so drawn to her,” she added. “I wanted to know more about her – I wanted to know what she was like and who she was.”

Angelina JolieJolie will star as Maleficent in 2014

Disney’s Maleficent will see Jolie explore the witch’s past as we find out what made her such an evil character, leading her to curse the baby Princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty. “She had this elegance and grace, and yet she was so cruel. Just wonderfully, deliciously cruel,” remembered Jolie.

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