The teaser trailer for Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The little Mermaid dropped earlier this month, giving fans their first glimpse of Halle Bailey like Ariel. On Tuesday (September 20), Bailey hosted a Q&A session on her YouTube channel where she shared her thoughts on the coveted role.
In response to the sweet reactions circulating online showing young black girls seeing a mermaid princess who looks like them, Chloe x Halle star said she loves it. “It’s a really crazy feeling to see all the babies’ reactions to just the teaser, and you know, it’s really overwhelming,” she shared. “I’ve just been crying over all the videos that you guys have been sending me. All my friends have been sending me all these TikToks and reactions and I’m just overjoyed and overwhelmed and filled with so much gratitude.”
Of course, she revealed that her favorite song from The little Mermaid is “Part of Your World,” but she added that her “close second” is “Under the Sea.” “I’m super excited for you guys to hear the rest of the songs. There are four new songs,” she told her followers.
Bailey also shared what it was like when she got it news that she should portray Ariel. “I was in shock, I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “I didn’t think it was true. I thought it was a joke, but it wasn’t. I was just beyond happy that I got to put my own spin on Ariel and who she is to me and how much she has meant to me all this time has been so important.”
As for solo music, Bailey said she has sent songs to her sister Chloe and works in the studio. “Hopefully soon you’ll also have some of my own music,” she said, adding: It’s been a process, just being in the studio and creating on my own. It’s exciting, it’s fun, it’s nerve-wracking, but I can’t wait until you finally get to hear it.”
Watch Halle Bailey’s full Q&A below.