"We were very conscious, the writer and I, that [the scene in question] was a metaphor for rape," Jolie said during an interview with BBC Radio's Women's Hour
on June 10. "The core of [Maleficent
] is abuse, and how the abused have a choice of abusing others or overcoming and remaining loving, open people. The question was asked, 'What could make a woman become so dark? To lose all sense of her maternity, her womanhood, and her softness?'"