American actress Angelina Jolie meets the media on the Bund in east China's Shanghai, June 3, 2014. Angelina Jolie will promote "Maleficent", a fantasy adventure film she starred in, during her Shanghai visit, which is also her first time to the Chinese mainland. [Photo: Xinhua]
Angelina Jolie said she was apprehensive to take on her new role as she promoted Maleficent in Shanghai yesterday.
Malificent is one of Disney's most popular villains since she appeared as the wicked fairy in the 1959 animated feature "Sleeping Beauty," in which she casts an evil spell on the princess.
"The idea of playing this character scared me a bit because she was somebody I loved as a child and I also just thought this is such a big performance, such a big voice. There is no half way to go about playing somebody like this. So as an artist, I was a bit shy to take it on and I thought that's why I needed to. I read the script and I was extremely moved. I thought it was just one of the best scripts I've read."
The modern reimagining of that fairytale in "Maleficent" allows Jolie, who turns 39-years-old today, to show the hurt that sparked her character's evil side and how she overcomes it.
The movie will be screened in mainland Chinese cinemas from June 20.