Director Rob Marshall Recalls How Halle Bailey's First 'The Little Mermaid' Audition Made Him Cry

Director Rob Marshall Recalls How Halle Bailey's First 'The Little Mermaid' Audition Made Him Cry

The Little Mermaid‘s director Rob Marshall is looking back on Halle Bailey‘s audition for the upcoming live action movie.

The director of the underwater film recalled how the 23-year-old entertainer caught his eye during her 2019 Grammys performance with sister Chloe.

“[Producer] John DeLuca and I were watching, and I said, ‘John, who is that? She looks like an angel,’” Rob told British Vogue. “I mean, Halle’s so beautiful, but she also has an otherworldly sensibility. This was so important for a character that’s a mermaid and a teenage girl, who has to have this combination of strength, passion and courage, as well as a kind of naivety and innocence.”

He then recalled her first audition, where she sang “Part of Your World.”

Keep reading to see what he said…

“She was the very first actress we saw for the role,” Rob shared. “She came in and she sang ‘Part of Your World’. And by the end of it I was crying. I couldn’t believe the depth and the truth and the simplicity and passion she brought to the song. It was just so moving.”

However moving her performance, he wondered if she could hold her own against some of her big name co-stars.

“Can she hold the film? Can she act with Javier Bardem [King Triton] and Melissa McCarthy [Ursula]?” he continued. “But every time she came in, when she read, she got more confidence. She understood nuance, she understood truth and she showed all of those wonderful colours that Ariel needs.”

“We started to see other people,” the choreographer turned director added. “Many other people, hundreds of other people, but the bar had already been set. And no one ever surpassed that bar.”

In case you missed it, see what Rob said about casting Halle late last year.

Check out the trailer for The Little Mermaid here – the movie hits theaters in just one month, on May 26th!

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