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April 29, 2014 06:45 PM

Vivienne Jolie-Pitt makes her film debut in Maleficent next month – and grandpa Jon Voight couldn’t be more proud that she’s inherited her family’s acting ambitions.

“I’m excited to see how Vivienne did,” he told PEOPLE Monday at a panel for Ray Donovan, his acclaimed Showtime series. “I’ll be there. I’m so excited.”

Maleficent casts Voight’s daughter Angelina Jolie in the title role as the menacing queen from the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Jolie and partner Brad Pitt‘s daughter Vivienne, who was 4 during filming and is now 5, plays the virtuous young Princess Aurora. Son Pax, 9, and daughter Zahara, 8, also have walk-on roles in the film.

Jolie, 38, and Voight, 75, have mended fences in recent years, and now the veteran actor seems to relish hearing about her and Pitt coaxing little Vivienne on stage as the cameras rolled.

“Apparently when they were doing it, the funny thing was Angie and Brad were off camera trying to get her to respond. You know, telling her, ‘You’re happy and you’re running through the field.’ And they followed her with the camera. That’s what I heard. That’s what I read. I can imagine that,” he said.

He doesn’t say whether Jolie needed similar direction when she made her film debut at age 6 alongside him in Lookin’ to Get Out. Yet he does make it clear he doesn’t want to be a stage grandpa when it comes to Vivienne’s screen time.

“It’s just like any grandchild. You’re going to be proud of her no matter what she did,” he said.


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