Jodi Benson defends Halle Bailey as Ariel in The Little Mermaid!

Actress Jodi Benson defends Halle Bailey who has been cast as Ariel, the starring role, of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid!

According to, Jodi Benson defends Halle Bailey by saying “the most important thing is to tell the story. And we have, as a family, we have raised our children, and for ourselves, that we don’t see anything that’s different on the outside”. Likewise, she also described Ariel and said “that the spirit of a character is what really matters” and then she said “I’m really, really old — and so when I’m singing ‘Part of Your World,’ if you were to judge me on the way that I look on the outside, it might change the way that you interpret the song. But if you close your eyes, you can still hear the spirit of Ariel.”. To her, Jodi believes “the most important thing for a film is to be able to tell a story”.

Jodi also said that “no matter what we look like on the outside, no matter our race, our nation, the colour of our skin, our dialect, whether I’m tall or thin, whether I’m overweight or underweight, or my hair is whatever colour, we really need to tell the story,”. That Disney is known for its storytelling and that’s their aim for this film. To create a live-action version of the beloved animated classic so audiences can “fall in love with the film again”.

Variety, even before announcing Halle Bailey as Ariel, described her as the “clear front runner from the beginning”. That after searching far and wide for the perfect Ariel, Rob Marshall said that Halle possessed “all the intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role”. We look forward to seeing Halle Bailey as Ariel in Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid!

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