Just a week after Jodie Foster weighed in on the plight of child actors forced to grow up in a fish bowl, Angelina Jolie may have jeopardized her daughter's future by getting her cast in a movie.
Vivienne Jolie-Pitt will reportedly play the actress's daughter in "Maleficent," a fairy tale remake currently filming in London in which Jolie plays the role of Sleeping Beauty's arch rival.
Nicknamed Viv, the Brangelina offspring is the twin sister of Knox Jolie-Pitt and sibling of the "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" co-stars' other four children, Maddox, Pax, Zahara and Shiloh.
For a woman who purportedly worships privacy, it seems surprising the recently engaged actress-director would willingly put her daughter with Brad Pitt under the spotlight.
But according to a report by the British newspaper The Sun, the leg-baring beauty seemed as nonchalant about appearing in a movie with her daughter as she would be taking her out for ice cream. "Ange thought it would be a fun experience for her and Viv to share," a source allegedly told the tabloid.
The same source also hinted the couple's other children are pestering their parents for parts in their own movies.
Though rumors about the Jolie-Pitt family should be taken with a giant grain of salt, it is plausible one of Hollywood's most fascinating couples could view incorporating their children into their films as part of their family togetherness strategy. The children are frequently photographed with their globe-trotting parents in various parts of the world and seem to treat the entire planet as their home.
Though many big stars have used their clout to get their children cast in their movies, the results have been mixed.
Will Smith plucked his son Jaden Smith to play his son in "The Pursuit of Happyness," a movie about a homeless man who becomes a successful salesman. The budding rap artist seems relatively unscathed by his Hollywood career so far and has gone on to appear in "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "The Karate Kid."
Yet in Foster's essay about Kristen Stewart for the Daily Beast, child stars do not typically feel the brunt of their fame until they reach adulthood.
Take Tatum O'Neal, for example. In 1973, the then-10-year-old appeared with her father Ryan O'Neal in "Paper Moon" playing his daughter Addie in the Depression era film. She was so brilliant in the role she became the youngest actor to win a best supporting actress Oscar, but her adulthood has proved less glittery.
In a Daily Beast interview last year she partly blamed childhood movie stardom for her troubles with drugs, including heroin addiction, as an adult. "If you're young and making your identity through what other people, or your fan base, think of you, there's a loss of perspective," she said, noting it was hard for her to grow up in the public eye and figure out who she really was.
Actress Lindsay Lohan has also made an awkward transition from child to adult star, landing as many stints in rehab and jail as movie roles. Ironically, she is currently starring in a biopic of the late Elizabeth Taylor, another child actress who traveled a bumpy road as an adult, including multiple marriages and drug addiction.
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