Ever since Disney announced their casting choice for the role of Ariel in the live-action remake of the iconic 1989 animated movie The Little Mermaid, there's been a hot debate going on among fans. Some say that the casting of a black actress is a progressive step towards inclusivity in Hollywood and that race doesn't matter anyway as mermaids are fictional creatures. Meanwhile, others consider it as disrespectful to the original version, which was based on the work of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen and a lazy attempt on Disney's part to promote diversity.
But opposing arguments aside, let's get to know Halle Bailey, the actress chosen to play the coveted part. Keep reading to learn five fun facts about her!