A Minute With: Elle Fanning on the spell of 'Maleficent'

Wed Jun 4, 2014 2:28pm EDT
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By Mary Milliken

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - At just 16 years of age, Elle Fanning has spent nearly 90 percent of her life in the movie business, having made her debut as a 2-year-old, younger version of her actress sibling Dakota Fanning.

But this is no jaded teen actor. She gets excited about playing a Disney princess opposite Angelina Jolie's villain in "Maleficent," the big-budget retelling of the fairytale classic "Sleeping Beauty" that prevailed at the North American box office in its debut last weekend.

With her long blond locks and angelic face, Fanning has starred in independent films like "Somewhere" as well as blockbusters like "Super 8." She was 14 when she played Princess Aurora, who is cursed by Maleficent.

Fanning talked to Reuters about playing a princess with more depth and finding the fun in her film roles.

Q: Is this the biggest production you've been in?

A: This is definitely the biggest scale - set-wise, green screen and Angelina. It's pretty huge. And playing a Disney princess, going on set and being there with so many crew members was very different. But it was exciting to have all the world around you.

Q: What is your mind-set on such a big production, in a crucial role?

A: This one was very special to me, because Sleeping Beauty was my favorite princess growing up. I felt I looked like her the most. To be able to say I am a part of the Disney princess family...that was huge for me.   Continued...

Elle Fanning as Aurora in Maleficent from Walt Disney Studios. REUTERS/Jonathan Prime/Walt Disney Studios