Making Waves: Halle Bailey on Bringing Ariel to Life in Disney’s 2023 “The Little Mermaid” Live-Action Remake

 Disney’s live-action rendition of “The Little Mermaid” has emerged from a tidal wave of anticipation into a full-blown success. The film has captivated audiences nationwide and is on course to open with somewhere in the range of $120 million to $130 million over the Memorial Day weekend.

At the heart of this charming musical reimagining, the talented Halle Bailey plays the ethereal mermaid princess Ariel. I talked with Bailey during the AAFCA Roundtable series about gracefully diving into her character’s essence and recording the audience’s favorite, “Part of Your World.”