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10 Actresses You Didn’t Know Played Disney Princesses

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You can probably recite all the lines in Disney movies and sing along to songs, like “Part of Your World” and “Let It Go.” But how much do you know about the actresses who lent their voices and starred in these films? Here are a few actresses who played Disney princesses.

In the 2007 romantic comedy “Enchanted,” Amy Adams played the role of Princess Giselle. In the film, Giselle is tricked into leaving her animated world and entering the live-action world of New York City. The film was such a success, many fans were begging Disney to make a part two. Even Amy said she would love to be a part of the sequel. Well, Disney has finally listened to our wishes. “Enchanted Part 2” is set to begin filming in 2017 with Amy reprising her role as Giselle.

Linda Larkin became extremely connected to the character Princess Jasmine from the 1992 film “Aladdin.” When she went to audition, she was given just a few pages of the script, and she described the scenes as “beautiful.” She says she really “felt the magic of the movie.” After numerous auditions, she was finally given the role, and her whole life changed forever. She says she still feels like Jasmine is “a part of her,” and she feels like she was born to play the role.

When Disney announced it was developing an animated film starring its first black princess, numerous celebrities lined up to audition for the role of Princess Tiana, including Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and supermodel Tyra Banks. In the end, the role went to Broadway star and actress Anika Noni Rose. When it came time to record her vocals for “The Princess and the Frog,” Anika found that being in the recording booth by herself was a bit lonely. The whole experience didn’t become real to her until Disney finally showed her an image of Princess Tiana in full color. Anika says it was so amazing to see the animated character for the first time that it moved her to tears.

Emma Watson had dreams of playing a Disney princess, but she wasn’t going to settle for just any role. She was originally chosen to play Cinderella in the live-action remake, but she didn’t think the character resonated with her. When she was later offered the role of Belle in the 2017 live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” she knew it was the perfect role for her. She says Cinderella remains “curious, compassionate and open-minded, and that’s the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model.”

Which of these actresses played your favorite Disney princess?