If you’re a huge Disney fan, you may have learned that Halle Bailey was recently cast as Ariel for the upcoming live-action film The Little Mermaid. Evidently, everyone wants to know more about the 19-year-old mermaid-to-be so we’ve got you covered.
Beyoncé Helped Put Halle on the Map
Halle rose to fame with her sister, Chloe Bailey. Together, they make up R&B duo Chloe X Halle, who were discovered by none other than Beyoncé. The 37-year-old shared their cover of her song “Pretty Hurts” on social media in 2014. The following year, Queen B decided to sign the siblings to her record label, Parkwood Entertainment. Since then, the sisters, who are two years apart, have collaborated on projects with Beyoncé. They made a cameo on Bey’s “All Night” music video and supported her on her world tour. They’ve reached success on their own, and even got nominated for two Grammys in 2019
She Also Acts
Halle and Chloe, 21, both star in Freeform’s Black-ish’s spinoff Grown-ish. The sisters became series regulars in season two, which premiered in January. Though they’re not twins in real life, they do play them in the show. They portray Jazlyn and Skylar Foster — a pair of college students.
Halle Is Breaking Barriers
Besides playing the iconic role of Ariel, Halle is gaining lots of attention because she’s the second black actress to star as a Disney princess in a live-action film. The first black Disney princess to grace the big screen was Brandy in the 1997 film Cinderella. The Princess and the Frog’s Tiana was the second in 2009, however, it’s an animated movie.
She’s Living the Dream
After news broke that Halle was cast as Ariel, she immediately took to Instagram to express how she feels. “[A] Dream come true,” she captioned an animated photo of a black Ariel. Rob Marshall, the director of the upcoming film, shared why Halle is perfect for the role.
“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” he said in a statement.