Elle Fanning dressed up as Sleeping Beauty when she was younger.

The 16-year-old actress stars opposite Angelina Jolie in Disney's 'Maleficent', which is the re-working of classic tale, and she admits the princess was her favourite Disney character when she was growing up.

In an interview with Time Out Dubai, she said: ''Sleeping Beauty was my favourite. I looked like her, blonde hair and pink dress. I love pink. I would go buy her stuff in the Disney store and dress up. It's a dream come true. I watched the animated film so many times.' ''

Fanning was nervous about meeting her co-star Jolie, who plays the film's villainous lead and she insists she was really welcoming.

She added: ''We were at Pinewood Studios rehearsing. Everyone was, like, [whispers] 'Angelina's here!' and I turned the corner and there she was. Then you're like: Oh, she's a lady. Everyone stares at her, she's so gorgeous. But she gave me a huge hug and said, 'I'm so happy we're going to work together, we're going to have so much fun.' And it really was.''