Angelina Jolie's mothering quality transfers to director's chair

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A 2014 live-action fantasy film directed by Robert Stromberg and starring Angelina Jolie as the title character, Maleficent is a modern retelling of the classic fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty", although this time it's presented from the viewpoint of its villain. Elle Fanning plays the part of Princess Aurora while starring alongside alongside fellow cast members Juno Temple, Brenton Thwaites & India Eisley.
March 18th, 2014

Angelina Jolie says her skills as a mother transfer into being a directer.

The 38-year-old star - who raises Maddox, 12, Pax, 10, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, seven, and twins Vivienne and Knox, five with fiancé Brad Pitt - and insists her ''nurturing, mothering quality'' is instinctively transferred to the cast when she's helming a project.

She told HELLO! magazine: ''People are always asking you for something, so the multi-tasking of motherhood transfers very well into being a director. I get nervous though. I see my actors getting dressed up for a premiere and think, 'Did she get the right earrings?' and 'Did he eat anything before he went to the interview?' I feel this strange nurturing, mothering quality for everybody.''

Jolie's latest directorial effort, 'Unbroken', tells the true story of American Olympic runner Zamperini, who was taken prisoner by the Japanese army during World War II.

The movie stars 'Skins' actor Jack O'Connell, Garrett Hedlund and 'About Time' star Domhnall Gleeson.

Meanwhile, Jolie's children can't wait to see her star in 'Maleficent', where she appears as the titular wicked witch.

She added: ''They can't wait. Vivienne loved being on the set. At least she wasn't scared of me, unlike some of the other young children. My outfit was pretty scary but Viv and Knox were thrilled to be with mummy, despite the horns, claws and make-up.''