“and just like that..that's a wrap after auditioning for this film when i was 18 just about to turn 19 , to now finishing filming through a pandemic when i turned 21 ..we have finally made it...," she began. “i feel so grateful to have experienced this film in all of its glory..it has been the toughest experience being away from everything and everyone i've ever known, to feeling self doubt/ loneliness, but also feeling such freedom and perseverance as i've reached the end."
Bailey, who is one-half of the duo Chloe x Halle with her older sister Chloe, went on to thank several of her cast members. They included Daveed Diggs, who plays Sebastian, Melissa McCarthy as Ursula and Awkwafina as the voice of Scuttle the seagull.
She added on Twitter that it “feels strangely surreallll to be finished.”
In June, photographers snapped the star on the beach wearing a CG tail suit, according to Movieweb. Filming took place in Italy.
Amid news of her casting in 2019, backlash ensued.
Bailey defender herself against criticism. She said, in part, “I just feel like this role was something bigger than me and greater and it’s going to be beautiful. I’m just so excited to be a part of it.”
Disney’s Freeform also came to her defense.
“Yes. The original author of ‘The Little Mermaid’ was Danish. Ariel...is a mermaid,” the channel said on Instagram. “But for the sake of argument, let’s say that Ariel, too, is Danish. Danish mermaids can be black because Danish *people* can be black.”