“I was pretty broken” Angelina Jolie says it was hard to find strength to play Maleficent again
Angelina Jolie has disclosed what it felt like playing Maleficent again in the upcoming sequel.
The actress, 44, who shares six children with her ex-husband Brad Pitt, 55: daughters Zahara, 14, Shiloh, 13, and Vivienne, 11, and sons Maddox, 18, Pax, 15, and Knox, 11, said it was tough shooting again.
Last summer, she shot “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” which comes out this Friday, marking her first acting role in four years.
“It was a tough time,” Jolie tells PEOPLE of returning to the character in this week’s issue.
She added: “I’d been coming off a few years of difficulty, and I was not feeling very strong. In fact, I was feeling pretty broken. It took me a moment to feel the strength of [Maleficent] again.”
Jolie also revealed that her kids are not interested in being actors.
Her six kids hung around in London with her during most of the shoot, but she couldn’t get them to appear on screen this time. Even Vivienne, Jolie’s youngest daughter who appeared as a young Aurora in the 2014 original, wasn’t into it this time.
Jolie says: “I tried. Viv still can’t believe I made her a princess. None of my kids want to be actors. [They’re into] business, humanitarian affairs, things like that. Nobody was interested!”
At the Los Angeles premiere of her newest movie, the actress spoke about her love for her family.
When asked where she got her strength from, Jolie said, “My kids.”
While her oldest son couldn’t attend the premiere, Jolie was joined by her other kids, along with her brother James Haven and father Jon Voight.
Voight, 80, praised Jolie at the premiere, telling PEOPLE his daughter was “very strong.”
He said: “She has a certain persona that is hers alone, and she sits in it very comfortably.”