Halle Bailey says filming ‘The Little Mermaid’ was her toughest experience ever

Halle Bailey, who just finished filming Disney's live-action version of The Little Mermaid, explained that playing Ariel has been one of the most difficult experiences for her because she missed her family. "It has been the toughest experience being away from everything and everyone I’ve ever known, to feeling loneliness, but also feeling such freedom and perseverance as I’ve reached the end," Halle wrote on Instagram. "This experience has made me so much stronger than I ever thought I could be." Along with her message, Halle shared an early photo of herself as Ariel, taking in the sunset from the shore, much to the delight of Disney fans. "I’m so grateful to have such talented people in the cast," she shared, shouting out to her Prince Eric (Jonah Hauer-King) as "my friend for infinite lifetimes." Halle said she's so proud of Jacob Tremblay, who plays Flounder, and thanked legends, Javier Bardem (King Triton), Melissa McCarthy, (Ursula), Awkwafina (Scuttle) and Daveed Diggs (Sebastian), "who are masters of their craft but are so welcoming to me." She said she "cannot wait for time to speed up" so fans can watch The Little Mermaid, because "it was made with so much love."