Vivienne Jolie-Pitt’s role in ‘Maleficent’ brings big bucks

Feb. 12, 2013 | 12:25 p.m.
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Angelina Jolie and partner Brad Pitt escort their six children through Tokyo's airport in this file photo. (AFP / Getty Images)

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Maleficient, one of the most famed of all Disney villains, from "Sleeping Beauty." (Walt Disney Company)

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Maleficient, one of the most famed of all Disney villains, from "Sleeping Beauty." (Credit: Walt Disney Co.)

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt’s role in 2014’s hotly anticipated “Maleficent” makes her one of Hollywood’s newest — and youngest — starlets as she follows in the footsteps of her famous parents: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

So why are the media going gaga over the fact that Vivienne will be paid to do so? Maybe it’s because her pay day is $3,000 a week, quite a tidy sum for a 4-year-old.

Directed by Robert Stromberg, “Maleficent” is a live-action fairy tale retelling of Sleeping Beauty. Disney has billed it as the untold story of the villain from the Oscar-winning 1959 Disney classic, “Sleeping Beauty.” In a delicious bit of casting, Angelina Jolie plays the role of the evil fairy Maleficent, who casts a spell on a beautiful young princess that causes her to fall into a 100-year-sleep, a curse that can only be broken by a prince.

“The film reveals the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora,” according to Disney.

Elle Fanning plays the Sleeping Beauty, Princess Aurora, and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt plays a younger version of the princess.

Celebrity headlines from coast to coast were crowing Tuesday about the four-digit weekly salary for Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, as well as a reported $60 a day per diem.

“Well, no actor should be working for free,” a Screen Actor’s Guild representative told Hero Complex Tuesday. (No matter how rich and famous their parents are.)

Children are paid the same starting rate as adults, according to SAG-AFTRA: That’s $842 a day or $2,921 per week. 

Smaller parts in the film have gone to Vivienne’s siblings, including Pax and Zahara.

What do you think about the close-to-home casting for “Maleficent?” Does it feel like nepotism? Or does add to the movie’s intrigue? Are you looking forward to seeing “Maleficent?”

–Rene Lynch


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28 Responses to Vivienne Jolie-Pitt’s role in ‘Maleficent’ brings big bucks

  1. Susan says:

    Why not? Sounds like a smart move to me. Mom, Angelina, gets to have her children on set during part of the filming. Perhaps, the children will be given an opportunity to follow their parents example and donate part or all of it to charity.

    • Rene Lynch says:

      Good point Susan, I wouldn't be surprised by that, given how much they already do for charity. Thanks for leaving a comment on my post.

  2. Sophie says:

    The brown kids get the lesser roles in grand Hollywood productions. Will be sure to give this a miss.

  3. jennifer says:

    Vivienne is gorgeous so why not have her play in the movie – especially if mom is already playing in the movie. I see no harm in keeping family together during a shoot if at all possible. 0

  4. beata says:

    well, well, jolie-pitt what is there to say????

  5. Guest says:

    "jolie-pitt" what is there to say!

  6. Mary says:

    Vivienne is a very homely child, is she really the product of two good-looking people? Poor thing. I think the whole Brangelina gang are spoiled and indulged, what kid needs to make that kind of money?

  7. Sue says:

    well Mary that was not very nice!!

  8. Carla says:

    It kind of makes me sick to think a four year old child makes more money than me.

  9. Molly says:

    People complaining that she has a bigger role than her black and Asian siblings…well, it would be a little odd if Aurora started life as one race and then was suddenly white and blonde…

    OMG nepotism in Hollywood, well I never. That’s certainly never happened before. It’s not like Angelina Jolie’s parents are…oh, wait…

    • Jim says:

      Molly… I just wanted to point out to you that the Jolie-Pitt girls aren’t playing the part of Aurora/Sleeping Beauty… They’re playing the part of young Maleficent and old Maleficent. Also, I do have to agree with some people when they say it’s ridiculous that a 4 yr old would be making $3,000 a week! Actually, I tend to think that ALL actors (young or old) are WAY over paid considering the type of work they do! Especially when hard working men and women who give their blood,sweat and tears to build our roads, houses, office buildings, cars we drive, grow food we eat and the clothes we wear, among many other numerous things that we NEED for survival and comfort, that business people profit in the billions because of these people that literally build our country and the men women that give their lives to protect us and keep us safe are WAY UNDERPAID!!! AND IT MAKES ME SICK TO MY STOMACH!!!

  10. Jacqueline Unangst says:

    Looks like the Jolie-Pitt parents are teaching their kids to "earn their own way". What's wrong with that?
    College tuition is really high now days.

  11. Theresa says:

    It's not like this is the only industry where nepotism is a factor – and frankly, in this case it isn't hurting anyone. As much as people try to say things have changed in the job world, the same barriers exist. But most mothers would love to be able to do something like this for her children, so those of you who are green-eyed with jealousy (they're rich, talented, gorgeous, whatever), get over it already. They obviously are also something else you aren't – motivated and hard-working. Sure, a little luck is involved, but after that the luck is what you do with it. They take care of their children just like the rest of us, but maybe on a bigger scale – more power to them. Do you want them telling you what to do with your children?

  12. Rhonda Blaylock says:

    Way to go Theresa! Every parent spoils their children to the extent they can afford & their own set of morals…its called freedom if choice & its what our country was built on! PS…how DARE anyone call any child homely?! We are supposed to help kids build true self esteem, not tear it to shreds…

  13. Sarah says:

    To get to the real point here. I cannot wait to see this movie. Angie makes a beautiful Maleficent. Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite movies of all time. Keeping the family close together as they make this movie is a fantastic way to keep it more emotionally set. CAN'T WAIT!!!!

  14. peacemaker says:

    Well to all parent,our children have special gift and observed while they growing up. We can sense what interest them in the future. Her children do not need money, they are well to do and secured. If they have interest being like mom acting job,why not to know the field of movie making and fantasy. like teaching kids what is reality and unreal in movie making. We seen lots young kids started in TV shows and become super stars as adult. So their is no doubt Brad and Angelina kids will fallow their footstep. Everyone is expecting that in show business. Love this family and wish them all the best in the world.

  15. Guest says:

    It has been widely reported that Vivienne was chosen because all of the other children were too afraid of Jolie while she was in costume. Let the child have her money and let it be. She is no different from any other child actor.

  16. Donna says:

    Her daughter played the role because all other children were afraid of her. She let her daughter play the role because she was the only one that would go near 'mommy'.

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