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‘I was just sobbing’: The Little Mermaid Star Halle Bailey, Target of Relentless Racist Attacks, Says Playing Ariel Changed Her Life

The Little Mermaid Star Halle Bailey, Target of Relentless Racist Attacks, Says Playing Ariel Changed Her Life

The Little Mermaid star Halle Bailey becomes the new favorite Disney princess after the teaser of the movie gets praise from the fans. This movie is a risky one by Disney, especially after the widespread criticism received from the recent Pinocchio. But things look positive as the fans poured their love into the upcoming movie. Speaking on it, Halle Bailey described how she cried tears of joy on receiving all the appreciation and love from the fans.

Halle Bailey to play Ariel
Halle Bailey is playing Ariel in The Little Mermaid

The teaser of the movie recently made its debut at the D23 Expo and it presented us a glimpse at the latest live-action Disney princess. The movie’s a new take by Disney as an actress of color is playing the titular character which is totally opposite from the source material. 

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The Little Mermaid is a life-changing experience for Halle Bailey

When it was first announced that Halle Bailey is going to helm the role of Ariel, she faced several racist backlashes. The complaints were mainly centered around her skin color. But she did prove her haters wrong as the audiences adored her very much as Ariel.

Halle Bailey
Halle Bailey expressed interest in playing Storm in MCU

While talking to the press at the D23 Expo, Halle Bailey confessed that this was indeed a life-changing experience for her. According to her, her journey of filming mirrored Ariel’s journey of finding herself and her voice:

“I’d definitely say coming into this film I was a lot more, I think, just young-minded and a bit more not sure of myself so much,” she says. “The whole experience of filming, in more ways than one, mirrored Ariel’s journey of finding herself and her voice.”

The actress also revealed that at the end of the shoot, she cried tears of joy. She felt that this movie was a life-changing experience for her:

“I remember at the end of filming, wrap day, I was just sobbing because I truly felt like I had come out of this cocoon with Ariel,” says Bailey. “This story has done so much for me and the filming process has really kind of changed my life.”

Recently the actress also presented her interest in playing the role of a mutant in MCU. 

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It will be an inspiring change for the modern audiences

Halle Bailey as The Little Mermaid
Halle Bailey says her movie will inspire the young address

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Halle Bailey also further shed light on how lucky she feels to represent her community on the grand scale. 

“The fact that now it’s getting to be played by me, a person who looks like me, woman of color, I’m just like, wow, I’m so grateful what it will do for all the other little Black and brown boys and girls who will see themselves in me”

It is right that watching the actress playing the role will be very inspiring for the modern audience and mainly the young ones who will learn to believe in their dreams. They will understand their color doesn’t mean anything. It’s all about hard work. 

The Little Mermaid will hit the theaters on May 26, 2023

Source: PEOPLE

Written by Subham Mandal

Subham Mandal is currently working as a writer for FandomWire with an ardent interest in the world of pop culture. Subham has written more than 400 articles on different spheres of modern pop culture and is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in English based in Kolkata. He’s also an experienced student journalist having demonstrated work experience with the Times of India. He aspires to be a column writer in the future.