Halle Bailey’s rise to stardom has been meteoric. Fame found the Atlanta-born triple threat early. Bailey was only 11 when she and her sister launched their YouTube channel, and by that time she’d already acted in a feature film. Since then, she’s starred in TV shows, adopted a cat, signed on to Beyoncé’s record label, and oh yeah…became a Disney princess.
Bailey just keeps moving up in the world. Except when she’s swimming under the sea. Whether you’ve been a Chloe x Halle fan since day one, or are excitedly anticipating the new live-action Little Mermaid movie, we’re sure you’ll be charmed (and impressed) by these Halle Bailey facts.
1. She’s an Aries.
That’s right, astrological girlies. Bailey’s birthday is March 27, 2000, and she was born in Atlanta, Georgia. So, that means (let us calculate her chart real quick)… she’s also a Capricorn moon and Gemini rising. We see it – she’s breaking barriers and generally being amazing. Pop off, queen.
2. She’s vegan.
Bailey told Complex that it all started when her mom wanted to go vegetarian for a week just to try it out. Clearly, something stuck! She said it also helps with her singing, since dairy means less mucus build up. Thank goodness our shower singing performances aren’t dependent on whether or not we’ve eaten an entire cheese pizza.
3. This isn’t her first acting role.
Bailey’s first big role was in 2006 alongside the iconic Queen Latifah in Last Holiday. When Georgia (Queen Latifah) calls her sister to tell her about her terminal illness, her sister has her hands full with three kids, one of which is Halle! More recently, she and her sister Chloe Bailey played twins Sky and Jazz Forster on Grown
4. She, like, really loves her cat.
She adopted this cutie in 2021, and posts about him often. He even keeps her company in the recording studio. Think he’ll make his debut performance soon?
5. She is one half of the Grammy-nominated pop duo Chloe x Halle.
This is Bailey’s claim to fame! She and sister Chloe launched a YouTube channel in 2011 (at ages 11 and 13 respectively) with a rendition of Beyoncé’s “Best Thing I Never Had.” Two years later, their cover of Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” went viral, which led to a record deal with Bey’s label, Parkwood
6. She’s making history.
Halle Bailey is the first Black actress to play Ariel. Unfortunately, when the news dropped that Bailey was the new Ariel, racism reared its ugly head in comments sections across the Internet. When asked about the backlash, Bailey has simply repeated her gratitude and excitement about the role.
However, there were far more messages of support. When the teaser trailer was released, many people of color shared videos of their kids being surprised and excited by the news. Who started cutting onions in here?