Halle Bailey: Under the Sea and on Top of the World
Halle Bailey has become a household name since being cast in 2019 as Princess Ariel in the live-action film remake, The Little Mermaid. We will undoubtedly continue to see amazing things from the actress and singer in the future.
Recently, Bailey commented on the film’s modernization in an interview with The Face. “When we saw it, when we were younger, [Ariel] gave up everything for the guy. But I don’t think [that] reflects modern women today.”
She goes on to explain that the story is more about Ariel finding her own voice and freedom within a world outside her own. A world that she loves.
Throughout production, Bailey was able to find parallels between her personal journey and the story of Ariel.
“I felt like God was lining up themes in my life with the character. Ariel has this longing for something more. She doesn’t quite know what it is yet, but she has to be brave in order to find it on her own.”
Unfortunately, the release of the first official teaser for The Little Mermaid, which showed a glimpse of Bailey in the role, was received with racist backlash. This came as no surprise to the star, who said, “As a Black person, you just expect it and it’s not really a shock anymore.”
Fortunately, Bailey avoided the negativity by saying she was with Disney superfans at a D23 Expo when the teaser came out. It was ultimately a happy moment for her.
Within hours of the teaser’s release, a slew of heartwarming TikTok videos popped up. Videos of children’s excited reactions after seeing a beloved Disney princess who looks just like them.
In 2015, Bailey and her sister, Chlöe Bailey, were signed to Parkwood Entertainment, Beyoncé’s record label, as the duo Chlöe x Halle. In 2022, she was cast for the role of Nettie in the upcoming remake of The Color Purple. (Due to be released in December 2023.)
As if that wasn’t enough, the actress is not only working on her next solo album but the sister duo, Chlöe x Halle, is already back in the studio working on their next album.
What’s next for Halle Bailey, only time can tell. It is clear that she is a star that will continue to burn brightly for a long, long time.
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