In Disney’s 1989 film The Little Mermaid, Ariel is known for her powerful voice, and Halle Bailey, who’s bringing the red-haired mermaid to life in the long-anticipated live-action remake, is living up to her reputation. On June 9, Melissa McCarthy, who plays Ursula in the film, stopped by Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live and took the chance to chat about what we can expect from the upcoming movie — including some tears. When asked to spill the beans about the project, Melissa quipped that she would be “killed for anything I say” before revealing Halle’s voice brought her and several other costars to tears while on set.
Melissa recounted that when she first heard Halle’s take on one of Ariel’s songs, her reaction was just “overwhelming” because it came from a “different” place. “That girl has got roots down and she sings from her heart,” the actor elaborated. “When I heard [her singing the song], there were like seven of us that just burst out crying. Melissa went on to praise Halle as “a remarkable young woman,” sharing that she was affable both on and off the set. She also joked about Halle’s reaction to seeing her cry, saying, “I realized… Now she’s just thinking there’s a really old woman in front of me crying and this is weird. I couldn’t keep it together.” However, Halle’s actual reaction couldn’t have been more different. Retweeting Watch What Happens Live’s clip, Halle responded to Melissa’s comments with a simple “this was so kind 😭💕miss you.”