Angelina Jolie may be starring in a fairy tale, but she never thought she’d be living one.
The “Maleficent” star covers Elle magazine's June issue and admits that she never imagined her life would turn out the way it did.
“I never thought I’d have children, I never thought I’d be in love, I never thought I’d meet the right person,” Jolie, who has six children with fiance Brad Pitt, said. “Having come from a broken home -- you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale, and you just don’t look for them.”
The 38-year-old also opened up to Elle about why she cast her daughter Vivienne as a young Aurora in the "Sleeping Beauty" adaptation.
“And my little Vivienne -- we call her my shadow, because there’s nothing I can do to shake her. I can be tired, I can be grumpy, I can be in a terrible mood, and she doesn’t care. It’s ‘Mommy, Mommy,’ and she’ll cling to me,” Jolie said, adding that Vivienne was the perfect person for the role. “We knew that she would still do that thing, she’d still smile at me and insist that I pick her up. So we couldn’t really cast anybody else."
Her son Pax, age 10, and daughter Zahara, age 9, also appear in the film, which hits theaters May 30. However, Jolie and Pitt don't plan on keeping their children in front of the cameras for long: “Brad and I made the decision that we wouldn’t keep them from sets and the fun of making movies, but we wouldn’t [glorify it either] -- we wouldn’t make it a good thing or a bad thing. But I would really prefer they do something else."
“After two days of it, Brad and I were so stressed we never wanted to do it again," Jolie added.
Read Elle's full interview with Angelina Jolie online now, and on newsstands nationwide May 20.