“It Was Really Special For Me”: Halle Bailey Opens Up About Incorporating Locs In The Little Mermaid Movie

Disney’s upcoming live-action princess film The Little Mermaid, which stars angelic singer Halle Bailey as Ariel, has fans eagerly awaiting the popular film’s release in May 2023. The singer contacted Entertainment Weekly for the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California and talked about how she felt about including her locs in the film.

“Incorporating my locs into the red hair was very special to me.”

Halle Bailey shares the inspirational words her grandparents said to her after receiving backlash for casting the lead in The Little Mermaid. Photo: @hallebailey/Instagram

The member of popular girl group Chloe x Halle humbly shared how the fantasy film’s director, Rob Marshall, gave her a beautiful experience hearing and seeing who Bailey is and who she will portray in her role as Ariel.

“He’s so great with Rob and he’s just like, ‘I see you’ and ‘I want to put you in the role,’ so it was a beautiful thing,” said Bailey.

The artist-turned-actress gave more examples than just her hair that helped make her feel seen by the film’s director.

She continued, “You know the outfit, the fins, everything. It’s amazing. So I’m just grateful that I was able to take the essence from me and kind of mix the two.”

Bailey spent a lot of time in the water, as well as in the air, swimming on blue screen: a monochrome background used by actors to visually place an image during post-production. During her interview, the 22-year-old noted that to truly embody swimming like a mermaid, “it’s all about the hip movement,” she said, before giggling.

“Like where you place your hands, it was kind of a graceful swim she ended up with, but yeah it was really meticulous, you kind of had to make it look natural but still flowy and pretty.”

The official trailer for The Little Mermaid was released on September 9th and received over 22 million views, making it one of the most viewed Disney princess trailers.

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