Disney has found its live-action Ariel, and it's none other than R&B singer Halle Bailey! Yes, the white red-head from the 1989 animated film, The Little Mermaid, is now reimagined as a black girl and we are totally loving this casting! Halle is joining a cast that includes Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina.
The actress and singer confirmed it herself by tweeting this:
Here's what you need to know about the soon-to-be Ariel:
Halle is only 19! She was born on March 27, 2000.
Halle was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and raised in Los Angeles, California.
She's part of music duo ChloeXHalle.
Halle and her older sister Chloe are Grammy nominees! They write and produce their music in their living room and started out by posting song covers on YouTube. Beyoncé saw the pair's version of "Best Thing I Never Had" and after seeing the rest of their YouTube material, she contacted them to sign to her label, Parkwood Entertainment.
Listen to their latest album here:
Halle currently stars in the show Grown-ish.
Halle's character is named Skylar Forster, who has a twin sister named Jazlyn (Chloe). They're both track athletes in college and are described as "intensely smart and sassy."
She believes that girls should never compare themselves to others!
During a Teen Vogue interview, Halle and Chloe said, "One thing you should never do is compare yourself to others. We are all beautifully and distinctively made. That's what makes all of us special. Also, instead of pointing out things you don't like about yourself, try pointing out things that you love. Example, 'I love the way my body looks in this dress' or 'I love how my lips look with this lipstick.' Giving yourself that confidence boost has a domino effect and will make you feel so much better."
In the future, she wants to go to college and study music theory.
In an interview with Variety from March 2018, Halle shared, "I'm in my senior year of high school right now and I graduate in June, so of course, that [college] is always something I would love to do. I can't wait to be done with this high school venture and go soon into the college venture." Aside from studying music, she also wants to take classes in business and finance.
We can't wait to see her on the big screen (with a mermaid tail)!
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