Promotion of “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” has officially started yesterday, three leading actresses of the movie including: Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning and Michelle Pfeiffer kicked off the promotion tour with a stunning photoshoot by photographer Mario Anzuoni, plus a batch of sit down interviews and talk shows to follow, and as always, ET Online got the chance to release the very first interview with the team today:
Michelle Pfeiffer on Her Constant Fear of Being Fired (Exclusive)
Although Michelle Pfeiffer is an acclaimed actress with decades of work under her belt, she still has a petrifying fear of getting the boot.
ET’s Nischelle Turner sat down with Pfeiffer, Elle Fanning and Angelina Jolie at a press day for their upcoming Disney film, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, where Pfeiffer shared her insecurities about her acting skills to this day.
“I think it comes from not having a background of formal training, you know, in the beginning,” Pfeiffer explained. “And I think when I started out, a lot of actors were coming out of Juilliard and I was just this young person from Orange County, kind of just getting by on my instincts purely and I think, for the longest time, I felt like it wasn’t really enough and maybe didn’t give me the credibility and maybe because I had to find my technique as I went along. That I didn’t sort of start from a real secure place.”
However, when asked if she felt the same way about her role in the new Maleficent sequel, the 61-year-old actress offered insight on how she approached her part.
“I had a blast on this, though,” she offered. “I’m pretty confident with the villains now. I know where to go for that.”
Angelina Jolie, Michelle Pfeiffer & Elle Fanning on Supporting Other Women in Hollywood (Exclusive)
When it comes to fostering a collaborative environment, it seems the cast of Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil have forged a strong bond, and one that could serve as an example of support and trust for other actors and casts.
Star Elle Fanning recently sat down for an interview with Tatler magazine, where she opened up about the common stereotype of women in Hollywood feuding or in-fighting, and a public stigma on actresses that seems to encourage them to not get along or help one another.
Fanning joined her Maleficent: Mistress of Evil co-stars Angelina Jolie and Michelle Pfeiffer, and they all sat down with ET’s Nischelle Turner at a press day promoting their upcoming Disney film, where they dished on the nurturing and friendly environment that all three shared since their first day of working together on the first Maleficent film, which began production back in 2012.
When they first started shooting, Fanning — who turned 21 in April — was just 14 years old, but Jolie recalls how mature and impressive she was even back then.
“When we met at 14, you were young but you were always impressive,” Jolie shared. “I’m very proud. She always held herself so well and she always had such grace and she’s such a strong actor that you never seemed like a child.”
“You’ve also maintained — which I think is almost unheard of in this business — such sweetness and gratitude for the job and for every minute and for everybody,” Jolie added with a smile.
Addressing her interview with Tatler, Fanning explained that she’s always felt a pressure from the press to try and compete with other actresses, especially her older sister, Dakota Fanning.
“From a young age, my sister is in the business, and always interviews would always be about asking me, ‘Oh, well, you guys must be really jealous of each other,'” Fanning recalled. “Interviewers would want to pit women against each other, so there’s this stigma of, ‘If you guys work together there’s jealousy on set,’ and it’s just so not true.”
“Because I’ve only had great relationships with actresses,” Pfeiffer shared.
For Jolie, she said that her desire to support other actress, and actors alike, “comes so naturally,” and Pfeiffer concurred.
“I don’t really think about it,” Pfeiffer explained. “Then, people ask about it, and then you feel this pressure to come up with some answer when there’s not one.”
“There’s so much that [is just] natural. The older a woman grows, there’s that maternal desire to nurture,” Jolie shared. “Especially when you’re on set, or you’re in any situation, you want to nurture. You want to look after your colleagues or the people who are younger on set. It’s fun.”
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It also reported that Michelle broke her left arm when she got out of the bath in hotel and slipped on the wet floor, Pfeiffer said: “I was at a hotel and I got out (of the bath) and I saw really slippery marble floors… and I said to myself, ‘Self, slippery floor, be careful.’” Luckily it seems not a too serious one and she still managed to move her arm freely under the long sleeves, we still hope Michelle’s arm will get fully recovered soon.
UP COMING MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL PROMOTION SCHEDULES:
- September 30: LA Premiere
- October 1: Late Late Show with James Corden (Michelle Pfeiffer and Chiwetel Ejiofor)
- October 7: Rome, Italy (first international screening and junket)
- October 9: UK Premiere (Odeon BFI IMAX, Waterloo, London)