For Disney’s live-action “The Little Mermaid,” Halle Bailey recalled working arduously to portray Princess Ariel, which included some days when she spent an incredible 13 hours filming in the ocean. About her many days spent submerged in water on set, Bailey said in a recent interview with Edition magazine, “I pushed myself as far as I’ve ever pushed myself in life.”
She said, “And I feel like the lesson from [Ariel] was to know that you’ve always had it in you,” saying that she could take courage from the spirit of the adored character to get through challenging times. According to Variety, the movie’s director Rob Marshall (“Chicago,” “Into the Woods”) used water tanks and special effects to shoot the underwater scenes.
Princess Ariel leaves her home beneath the sea to seek love with Prince Eric in the human world in the beloved 1989 animated picture, defying her father’s orders. Princess Ariel is dissatisfied with her existence under the sea and makes this decision despite his advice.
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According to Bailey, the future movie takes a different, more powerful turn. She said, “We’ve shifted that perspective of merely her wanting to leave the ocean for a boy. I’m extremely eager for my interpretation of the film.” “It’s way bigger than that. It’s about herself, her purpose, her independence, her life, and what she wants.”
Watch and you’ll see,
Some day I’ll be,
Part of your world!
— The Little Mermaid (@LittleMermaid) March 13, 2023
Women are amazing, strong, independent, and modern. We are everything and more, she continued. “And I’m delighted that Disney is renewing some of those themes.” Bailey, who played mermaids in the pool as a child with her sister and fellow Chlöe x Halle member Chlöe Bailey, expressed her excitement to bring the red-headed mermaid to a new generation in a November interview with E! News.
Since the song’s release in September, she has said that what “touches [her] the most” is seeing the reactions of children to her performance of “Part of Your World,” adding, “It just makes me cry.”
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The Grammy nominee continued, “The fact that all these tiny Black and Brown infants are going to be able to feel like they’re being represented is incredibly meaningful to me. I am aware that if I had that when I was younger, it would have significantly altered my perspective of who I am as a person.
Meanwhile, Melissa McCarthy plays Ursula in the upcoming live-action adaption, which also stars Javier Bardem as King Triton, Daveed Diggs as Sebastian, Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Awkwafina as Scuttle, and Jonah Hauer-King as Prince Eric. The Little Mermaid,” a Disney film, opens in theatres on May 26.
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