Quantcast
'I Just Started Sobbing': Halle Bailey On Auditioning For 'The Little Mermaid'
Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for MRC

'I Just Started Sobbing': Halle Bailey On Auditioning For 'The Little Mermaid'

We stan an unbothered queen.

Celebrity News

As fans anticipate Halle Bailey starring as The Little Mermaid, the singer is opening up about her audition process. Halle was joined by her big sister Chloe Bailey on the premiere season of Tina Knowles-Lawson’s Facebook Watch showTalks with Mama Tina and she discussed how she felt going into the auditions and ultimately getting the role.


“Getting that role felt very surreal. It was much of a shocker for me,” she said. “Even when I was asked to audition, I looked at it and I was like, 'Me? For Ariel? That just doesn't…’ 'Cause you know, my image of Ariel that I've had is the red hair, the pale skin, and the tail, and she was amazing to me. I loved her, like we all did. But that's what I've seen her as for so long.”

Her disbelief in being asked to audition for Ariel continued on as she prepared for the opportunity. She recalled a time that she broke down in tears while running through the lines with her father.

“So even the auditioning process, I remember being so scared and so nervous,” she said. “I think my dad, he one time was like, 'Let's run through the lines.' And I started reading them and I just started sobbing. He's like, 'Halle, what's wrong? What's wrong?' I'm just, 'I can't believe I'm even gonna go for this.'''

While the process of becoming Ariel was shocking, so was the backlash the 21-year-old received after the announcement was made that she would be playing the Disney princess in a live-action film.

Unfortunately, the musician faced an onslaught of hate being a Black woman playing the Disney princess who has historically been viewed as a white woman with red hair.

However, in an 2020 interview with Variety, Halle said she doesn’t let the critics get to her.

“I feel like I’m dreaming and I’m just grateful and I don’t pay attention to the negativity,” she said. “I just feel like this role was something bigger than me and greater. It’s going to be beautiful. I’m just so excited to be a part of it.”

We stan an unbothered queen!

Featured image by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for MRC

Your July 2022 Horoscopes Are All About Happiness, Release & Divinity

July is the month to focus on allowing yourself to receive. There are beautiful opportunities for blessings this month when you can get out of your own way, and release self-doubt. With Cancer Season here, emotions are flowing, love is showing up, and home is wherever your happiness is. The power of attraction is strong this month as Pallas enters Gemini on July 4 as well, and deep insights are prevailing. July is the time to gain the clarity and answers you have been looking for, and decide where to move forward from there.

Keep reading...Show less
The daily empowerment fix you need.
Make things inbox official.
How To Focus Less On Who You Attract In Dating & More On Who You Entertain

The law of attraction is tricky. A few years ago, I felt something was deeply wrong with me because I kept attracting people who hurt me. No matter how hard I tried to fix myself, and alter my energy, the same type of people kept coming my way. I'd talk to my friends about it and ask them, "Why do I keep attracting this type of person? Why do I keep having the same experiences?"

Keep reading...Show less
Here’s What’s Streaming On Netflix And HBO Max In July

There’s nothing like finding a good TV series or movie to watch on your favorite streaming services. The summer is the perfect time to explore what’s new and exciting or revisit an oldie but goodie. Both Netflix and HBO Max have some exciting and new releases for July. From HBO Max’s Rap Sh*t, which is presented by Issa Rae to the season three premiere of Ludacris’ Netflix animated series Karma’s World, there are plenty of options to choose from. So get your streaming on below.

Keep reading...Show less
Kelis On The Importance Of Having Black Women On Her Team

As a Black woman, Kelis knows how important it is to work with other Black women, help each other and give each other opportunities. The “Milkshake” singer has always been a voice for female empowerment with her popular female anthems like “Caught Out There” and “Bossy” and in a chat during Refinery 29’s Unbothered Presents The Glow Up festival, Kelis opened up about the Black women behind her legendary career and how Black women should create safe spaces for ourselves.

Keep reading...Show less
10 Romantic Date Ideas That Absolutely Bring The Heat

As you may know by now, the summer produces some of the best and most nostalgic soundtracks of our lives. The mood is set by fun and light sounds of the past and present, giving you the playlist that you need for the summer you want. Summer, no matter how hot, is a magical season where anything can happen, especially in the romance department. Long nights and short days act as a backdrop to new beginnings, summer flings, and the possibility for more (depending on what you’re looking for). But it doesn’t mean the romance has to be dull, regardless of the timeline you’re hoping to create. Like I said before, summer is what you make it so the options are limitless.

Keep reading...Show less
Exclusive Interviews
A Black woman looks into the camera and gives a closed-mouth smile. She's wearing a black turtleneck

Miss Diddy Kicks Off BET Awards Weekend With 'A Toast To Black Hollywood'

Her annual event to celebrate the culture has a new name and more intention than ever before

Latest Posts