Halle Bailey admits she ‘doesn’t feel pressure anymore’ to star in ‘The Little Mermaid’

Takes on the role of Ariel in the live-action remake of Disney‘s The little Mermaid is Halle Bailey‘s biggest acting look to date. But despite the fear – and at times backlash — It comes with portraying such an iconic character on the Disney franchise that the “Do It” singer insists she’s cool as a cucumber ahead of the film’s May 2023 release.

“I don’t feel any pressure anymore,” Bailey said E! News on Tuesday (Nov. 15) when asked about playing the titular character. “I think before I started filming, I naturally felt some nerves because the movie is so important to so many people.” The 22-year-old added that leaning on her close friends and family, including older sister Chloe, helped her overcome any fears she had.

Perhaps the most “touching” part of getting to play Ariel, the actress revealed, was seeing the reaction little girls had to her performance of “Part of Your World” when it was released in September.

“It just makes me cry,” she shared. “The fact that all these little black and brown babies are going to be able to feel like they’re being represented is really special to me. I know if I had that when I was younger, it would have changed a lot for me and my perspective on who I am as an individual.”

In addition to feeling “super honored” to play a Disney princess, the star added, “I’m just really grateful to be in this position and I just hope that everyone really enjoys the movie.”

The little Mermaid live action remake is out on May 26, 2023. Watch the trailer — in which Bailey sings “Part of Your World” — below.

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