Ariana Grande: Voice Actress From Disney’s ‘Hercules’ Wants the Pop Star to Play Megara in the Live-Action Film
With the Hercules live-action remake confirmed, everyone is eyeing Ariana Grande for the role of Megara. But it isn’t just self-proclaimed “Arianators” who desperately want the pop star for the role. The voice actress for the sarcastic damsel, Susan Egan, thinks Grande would be absolutely perfect for the part. Find out exactly what she said below.
Why everyone thinks Ariana Grande is meant to play Megara in ‘Hercules’
During ABC’s “Disney Family Singalong,” Ariana Grande stole the show by singing “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” from Hercules. Although she won’t say she’s in love, the whole world can admit that they’re in love with the idea of her playing the part. Her cover of the Alan Menken song gained a whopping seven million views on YouTube, and it uplifted the spirits of people around the world who were dealing with the life-changing adjustments of the coronavirus pandemic.
Big names associated with Disney think the “No Tears Left to Cry” singer would be just perfect for the role of Megara. Josh Gad, who masterfully played Olaf the Snowman in Frozen, said in his interview for Variety, “She would be amazing as Meg, she would be perfect, I would love to see that happen.”
The Book of Mormon actor has a history with Disney live-action remakes, as he played Lefou in the 2017 Beauty and The Beast remake. He is also being looked at for the role of Quasimodo in The Hunchback of Notre Dame reboot.
Frankie Grande has firmly stated his belief that his sister is destined for the role of Megara. He told HollywoodLife,
“I think Meg is such a great character for her. Honestly, my sister is one of the strongest female entrepreneurs or business women at the top of her game. And I think that’s really Meg. Meg is, like, the sassiest princess, you know? So if my sister is gonna be a Disney princess, then she’s gonna be sassy. She’s gonna be strong. She’s gonna be loud. She’s gonna be outspoken. So I think it’s the perfect role for her. And, absolutely, she should play it.”
Even the voice actress for Meg thinks Grande is destined for the role
Susan Egan, who added spunk and originality to the character Megara, is “Team Grande” all the way. In a tweet, Egan gushed about Ariana being “perfect” for the role, admitting that she’s a fan of the “God is a Woman” singer.
She stated in her tweet, “Couldn’t be more perfect! @Ariana Grande is the greatest thing since pocket in pita! @Frankie Grande ain’t bad either.” Grande, whose favorite Disney film is Hercules, fangirled over the tweet by replying “omg” to prove her excitement.
When the pop star was given the opportunity to cover “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” for ABC, her mother, Joan, sang her praise in a tweet. “FINALLY!! After singing the Muses and Meg all the time since you were 4 years old, I’m so excited for you to share your singing of every part of this gorgeous song… And thank you @AlMenken for writing the soundtracks of her life… Ariana, I’m so proud of you!.. I love you so!”
Grande has a history with Disney
Although Grande’s claim to fame began on Nickelodeon, where she starred in Victorious as well as Sam & Cat, the record-breaking singer has always emphasized her adoration for Disney. In 2017, she sang alongside John Legend by covering “Beauty and the Beast,” for the live-action remake.
Over the years, she has done plenty of other Disney covers both over social media and in the studio. These covers include “Part of Your World” from The Little Mermaid, “Zero to Hero” from Hercules, and of course, “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love),” from the aforementioned film.
An insider for Disney stated via Instagram this month, “If I was a betting man, do I think she’s gonna be looked at by the studio? I do. I really think she’ll be one of the first ones they go and look at.”