Ariel, as played by Halle Bailey
, has arrived in our world.
The “Grown-ish” actor celebrated the completion of Disney
’s live-action “The Little Mermaid
” by posting a teasy, silhouetted image of herself as Ariel — fins and all — on Instagram
This post was shared by Halle (@hallebailey) on Instagram.
Bailey discusses his involvement in the film from the age of 18 to 21 in the caption of the post, as well as the difficulties of working on the film during the COVID-19 pandemic
“I feel so grateful to have experienced this film in all of its glory,” she wrote, adding, “It has been the most difficult experience being away from everything and everyone I’ve ever known, to feeling self doubt/ loneliness, but also to feeling such freedom and perseverance as I’ve reached the end.”
Bailey was cast as Ariel in 2019. While many fans
were thrilled to see a Black
woman in the role of the beloved mermaid, Bailey also faced racism
#thelittlemermaid #ariel #hallebailey #thelittlemermaidliveaction #thelittlemermaidmovie pic.twitter.com/LxmcUqY1GL — Dom (@Dommnics) July 4
Some fans incorrectly pointed to the fact that Ariel was a white redhead in Disney's 1989 animated film, despite the fact that the story is a fantasy in the first place. Others felt emboldened to criticize Bailey's casting because the original telling of "The Little Mermaid" (or "Den lille Havfrue") was written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen, and a bronze statue inspired by the fairy tale stands in Copenhagen.
criticized Bailey's casting, the hashtag #NotMyAriel trended on Twitter.
Despite the criticism, Bailey handled it with the grace of a Disney princess.
“I feel like I'm dreaming, and I'm just grateful,” she said when her casting was first announced in 2019; “I don't pay attention to the negativity; I just feel like this role was something bigger than me and greater, and it's going to be beautiful.”
In an Instagram post on Monday, the Chloe x Halle singer also stated that the experience made her "stronger" and that she was extremely proud of the project.
“I can't wait for time
to stand still so you can all see this film because it was made with so much love (plus blood, sweat, and tears),” she wrote.
She also praised some of her co-stars, including Jonah Hauer-King, who plays Ariel's romantic interest, Prince Eric, and Jacob Tremblay, who voices Flounder. Bailey told Tremblay that she was "so proud" of him, and Hauer-King that he would "be my friend for infinite lifetimes."
She also expressed gratitude to her larger-than-life co-stars, including Awkwafina (Scuttle), Melissa McCarthy (Ursula), Javier Bardem (King Triton), and Daveed Diggs (Sebastian), for being "welcoming and open to little old me."