Elle Fanning: It Was "a Dream" Working on Maleficent With Angelina Jolie, She "Really Got Into Character"

Celebrity News Apr. 11, 2014 AT 7:40AM
Elle Fanning and Angelina Jolie Elle Fanning said Angelina Jolie "really got into character" while filming Maleficent -- see what else she had to say Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Inset: Michael Buckner/Getty Images

Becoming a Disney princess? Check! Working with Angelina Jolie? Check! Elle Fanning got the best of both worlds while filming the upcoming Disney thriller Maleficent. The actress opened up about working with the Oscar winner as she attended the Marie Claire Fresh Faces Party in West Hollywood on Tuesday, April 8.

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"It was super exciting. Everything was so fun," the 16-year-old, dressed in Versace at the event, told Us Weekly at Soho House. "Working with Angelina -- it's kind of a dream to say that you even met her and let alone to be in scenes with her. [It] was really really cool."

"She really got into her character in a way," she added on what she learned from the star. "Like she was very, so into the details of her clothes. She came into rehearsals on the first day with her Maleficent staff and she was in normal clothes but then had that. She was like, 'I have to get used to it. It's part of my character.' I thought that was so cool."

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Fanning plays Princess Aurora in the live-action reboot of the 1959 classic Sleeping Beauty. Jolie enlisted her real-life daughter Vivienne Pitt, 5, to appear as a younger Aurora.

"I loved being Maleficent," Jolie, 38, said in Entertainment Weekly last month. "I was quite sad to put my staff down and put my horns away because somehow, she just lives in a different world."

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"But I did have to take my staff home to practice walking with it in my cloak," she continued. "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." 

Maleficent hits theaters in May 2014.

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