While The Little Mermaid's Ariel might be the youngest of seven singing mermaids, it turns out Halle Bailey, the future live-action Ariel, is the younger sister of just one singing superstar, Chloe Bailey. But, much like the original Disney film, Halle and her sister have been harmonizing together for some time now (in their sister pop-R&B duo Chloe x Halle and not under the sea).
Chloe and Halle were born in Atlanta and raised in Los Angeles. Chloe, who is 21, is just about two years older than Halle. They rose to fame when they made their YouTube debut at the ages of 13 and 11 with their own covers of pop songs. Even more amazing? Their first post was a cover of Beyoncé's "Best Thing I Never Had." It was actually their cover of Beyoncé's "Pretty Hurts" that skyrocketed their names to the top of the YouTube charts. As a result of this YouTube viral sensation, the sisters were signed to Beyoncé's management company, Parkwood Entertainment, in 2015.
Their debut EP, Sugar Symphony, was released in 2016, and the Beyoncé moments just kept on coming. The sisters made appearances in Beyoncé's visual album, Lemonade, and went on to be her opening act for the European leg of The Formation World Tour. And just like that, Chloe x Halle were a hit. In 2017, they wrote and recorded The Two of Us.
In 2017, the two decided to add acting to their list of impressive skills when they were added to the cast of the TV series Grown-ish. (They even recorded the theme song.) When asked if it was difficult to play Jazz and Sky (twin track stars) on the show, the sisters said on their YouTube channel that it wasn't difficult to play twins because they already have that "twin mentality" because they're best friends.
The two like to go hiking, ride bikes, watch Netflix, and head to the beach, which they share with their fans on Instagram.
When it comes down to it, though, music is their passion. It's evident in every song they release and every video they post on YouTube.
Halle's casting announcement was made on July 3, and director Rob Marshall has no doubt she will live up to the role.
"After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role," said Marshall in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Production is set to start in April 2020, and we are excited to see what other stars are announced for the live-action version. Is it just us or would Ryan Gosling make the perfect King Triton? Just saying.