Beyond the controversy, Halle Bailey told Edition what it meant for her to play Ariel in the real-life remake of the Little Mermaid, in cinemas from May 24th.
On May 24 will be at the cinema the remake dal vero Of The little Mermaida film for now mostly discussed for its black protagonist, Halle Baileywho granted an interview to Edition: the space dedicated to controversy was very little, and the young actress, shortly in a musical version of the Purple directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, it focused on what it meant to her live with this mythical Disney character for several years.
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After the first images of the new The little Mermaidthe network began to discuss the new black protagonistarguing about the politically correct. Halle Baileythe young actress chosen for the role in the film by Rob Marshallthought the right thing about it: “La reaction of the world definitely shocked mebut seeing the reactions of the little ones, little black girls, really got me moved on a deep level.” What matters to Halle is having faced head held high a complex process, which took her a few days of work in which she had to hang from a harness for up to thirteen hours in line. And it wasn’t just a question of retracing history to change the color of the protagonist’s skin, but also of broaden its perspective: “He doesn’t want to leave the ocean just for a lad, it’s a bigger thing. About her We talk about her, about her about his purpose in lifeof her freedomof what he wants”. A path of Ariel coinciding with his own, in all respects.
I feel honestly shocked, honored and grateful to be where I am. A lot of times I have to pinch myself: am I dreaming? (…) I feel I have learned a lot through her. I auditioned when I was 18, got the role when I was 19, I’m turning 23 this year. I really feel like Ariel helped me grow. (…) I challenged myself like I’ve never done in my life. And I feel that is his message: he learns that you have always had that strength inside you.
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