Leave it up to Jodi Benson to (attempt to) calm the masses over the new Little Mermaid.
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In an interview at the Florida Supercon convention, Jodi said, “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.”
“I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters. What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart, and their spirit, is what really counts. And the outside package — cause let’s face it, 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.”
“We need to be storytellers. And no matter what we look like on the outside, no matter our race, our nation, the color of our skin, our dialect, whether I’m tall or thin, whether I’m overweight or underweight, or my hair is whatever color, we really need to tell the story.”
Even more of the inspiring interview can be found below!
Actress Jodi Benson, who voiced Ariel in Disney’s 1989 animated classic The Little Mermaid, defends the casting of singer and actress Halle Bailey in the starring role of Disney’s coming live-action remake.”The most important thing is to tell the story. And we have, as a family, we have […]