It was just announced that Halle Bailey will play Ariel in the upcoming live-action version of The Little Mermaid. But what kind of Ariel are we going to see? Well, Joanna Garcia-Swisher, who notoriously played Ariel in the TV series Once Upon a Time, exclusively revealed what she would love to see on-screen when we all witness the new Ariel.
The actress made an appearance in Beverly Hills at an event to launch St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to support research and treatment for children with cancer. During her attendance, Garcia-Swisher mentioned that with a new version of The Little Mermaid coming out, she would love to see all of Ariel’s strengths brought out while seeing something new and exciting.
“I was thinking about the story of The Little Mermaid recently, and certainly as fairy tales sort of age, I would love to see a more modern approach, maybe taking a little bit of a different stand of seeing Ariel,” Garcia-Swisher said. “She’s very strong and she’s dedicated, and I appreciate all of those qualities. But what I would really love to see is maybe a little bit more of a feminist Ariel.”
A feminist Ariel would not be a bad idea!
The 39-year-old also discussed how grateful she is to be part of an event for St. Jude and how important it is to spread awareness.
“Obviously, St. Jude is a very established children’s hospital and they do amazing things, but I love exposing it to people and when you really understand what St. Jude does for families and children in the time they need it the most it’s hard to not be in awe of them,” Garcia-Swisher said.
As a parent to two daughters, Emerson, 6, and Sailor, 3, the actress is glad there is a hospital willing to be so accommodating to families who truly need help.
“I think for us, as parents of little ones too, not only are they getting everything free of charge, but they’re also getting world renowned care and the opportunity to really save lives, they’re getting the best possible treatment and taking all the stressors away, and it’s really miraculous,” she said.