Angelina Jolie admits she scared child who mistook her for evil witch Maleficent

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Angelina Jolie is known worldwide for juggling many different roles. The 46-year-old actress is a mother, award-winning movie star and philanthropist, but to some children, she will only ever be seen as an evil witch.

The mum-of-six, who starred as Maleficent in the hit Disney franchise, has revealed that on a recent mission as a United Nations ambassador, one young child was reluctant to accept her offer of help as he believed her to be the fictional evil villain she portrayed in the famous films.

In an excerpt of an interview that has resurfaced on TikTok, the Oscar winning actress recalls being mistaken for her famous character during a special mission in Venezuela.

Angelina first starred as Maleficent in the 2014 hit film before reprising her role for a sequel in 2019.
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Speaking to camera, Angelina says: "There was a situation and I was going in as the special envoy for refugees. So I was there and these children were told 'This lady is here to help you.'

"So this family walked in and I was talking to the mother and this little boy came in but kind of started to back up as he saw me. His mum was trying to say 'Be nice to her' and then I realised that he had seen Maleficent."

"He was like 7 and thought 'She's not here to help us – I know who that is!'" The star added as she laughed retelling the tale.

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The Tomb Raider actress went on to admit that it must be difficult for children to see her as anyone other than her movie characters sometimes.

She said: "That must be so confusing for children that are told I am a UN person and then they think I'm a witch!"

The award-winning actress is known for her humanitarian work across the globe.
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The former wife of Brad Pitt had dedicated a huge amount of her life to humanitarian and charity work.

For the last two decades, the movie star has been working with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR.) She originally began working with the organisation as a goodwill ambassador which saw her travel to places like Iraq, Sierra Leone and more as help is administrated for people who have been forced to flee their homes.

In 2012, Angelina became a special envoy to the UNHCR.

Speaking about her appointment, she said: "My work now involves fighting alongside my colleagues for refugees to have rights and protection, to resist forced returns, and to push for better learning opportunities,” she toldVogue in June 2020. “UNHCR is a protection agency. We help those who have fled war and persecution, who’ve had their rights violated.”

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The actress has received wide recognition for her humanitarian work from multiple countries across the world.

In June 2014, she was appointed an Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) for her services to the UK's foreign policy and campaigning to end sexual violence in war zones.

Queen Elizabeth II presented her with the insignia of her honorary damehood during a private ceremony the following October.

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