The Little Mermaid’s Halle Bailey Shares The Valuable Lessons She’s Learned From Ariel

Halle Bailey shares the lessons she's learned from Ariel over the past 5 years of working on The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid World Premiere was last night and the film is getting race reactions. A universal theme from the reactions is that Halle Bailey is fantastic as Ariel. Ariel has been a major part of Bailey’s life for the past five years, and in the film, you can see how much she has put into the role. However, as most of us can attest, fictional characters can play major influences in our lives. Imagine what that influence is like when you’re not just a fan, but directly connected and responsible for bringing them to life. Halle Bailey shares what that’s like.

How Ariel Helped Halle Bailey Find Herself


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Today The Little Mermaid press conference was held and the cast of the film got to share their experiences, thoughts, and stories from making the film and experiencing it at the World Premiere. During the conference, Halle Bailey was asked by moderator, Michelle Turner, “Halle. I want to come back to you because Ariel is the Disney Princess, and now you have been bestowed that do you feel like you have kind of a kinship with her? Do you feel like you and Ariel have things in common?”

Absolutely. I mean, I tell people all the time I feel like Ariel truly has helped me find myself, and, like this young woman version of me. Because well, it’s been 5 years of my life now, from 18 to now, being 23.
So, those are very intense, transformative years as you’re developing as a young woman. But I feel like, especially these themes of the film, and what she had to go through with her passions and drive, and speaking up for herself, and even though it may be scary, she went for it, I feel like those things I really try to adopt and give to Hallee now.

So she’s taught me so much for sure. I don’t think that I have met anyone that doesn’t say you do embody that spirit, and what you see is what you get with.

Halle Bailey, Ariel in The Little Mermaid, The Litter Mermaid Press Conference

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Ariel is an iconic character that has inspired countless people. Bailey herself was already a fan, but as the live-action Ariel developed an even closer connection to her. Once the film releases, for many, Halle Bailey and Ariel will be synonymous. It is wonderful knowing Bailey is so connected to the character and that connection is on full display in the fil

The Little Mermaid release exclusively in theaters on May 26, 2023.

About The Little Mermaid


Release date: May 26, 2023 (USA)
Director: Rob Marshall
Producers: Marc Platt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John DeLuca, Rob Marshall
Executive Producer: Jeffrey Silver
Adapted from: The Little Mermaid
Music by: Alan Menken
Production companies: Walt Disney Pictures; DeLuca Marshall; Marc Platt Productions
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Cast: Halle Bailey, Jonah Hauer-King, Daveed Diggs, Awkwafina, Jacob Tremblay, Noma Dumezweni, Art Malik, with Javier Bardem and Melissa McCarthy

“The Little Mermaid” is the beloved story of Ariel, a beautiful and spirited young mermaid with a thirst for adventure. The youngest of King Triton’s daughters and the most defiant, Ariel longs to find out more about the world beyond the sea and, while visiting the surface, falls for the dashing Prince Eric. While mermaids are forbidden to interact with humans, Ariel must follow her heart. She makes a deal with the evil sea witch, Ursula, which gives her a chance to experience life on land but ultimately places her life – and her father’s crown – in jeopardy.

Are you excited to see Halle Bailey as Ariel in The Little Mermaid? Which characters do you feel connected to? What lessons have you taken away from them? Let us know on social media!

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