Fans Wants Ariana Grande to Play Meg in a Live-Action ‘Hercules’ Movie After Her ‘Disney Family Singalong’ Performance
As she’s both a singer and an actor, Ariana Grande has done her fair share of musicals. But now, after a recent performance, fans are ready to see her in a very specific role: That of Meg in a live-action Hercules film, based on the Disney animated classic. Learn more about her performance, and why some think she was made to play this part.
Ariana Grande performed “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” in April 2020
The Disney Family Singalong took place on April 16, 2020. The event, which aired on ABC (a network owned by Disney), featured a number of celebrities who pre-recorded videos from their homes of them singing popular Disney songs.
Grande’s performance was one of the biggest of the night, with a snippet of it appearing in a teaser for the event. The pop star sang “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” from the 1997 animated film Hercules. This number is sung by Megara (Meg), the heroine of the movie, who refuses to admit that she’s fallen for the titular character.
This isn’t the first time she’s sang a song from ‘Hercules’
Grande’s formative years were spent on Disney’s rival network, Nickelodeon, as a member of the cast of Victorious. But that didn’t stop her from becoming involved in plenty of Disney events in the following years. She has also performed at multiple Disney Parks Christmas Celebrations.
The 2020 Disney event wasn’t even Grande’s first time performing a song from Hercules. She recorded “Zero to Hero” for the 2015 We Love Disney album. And she once sang “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love)” on her own time, which she posted in her Instagram Story and has circulated in the years since.
Fans compare her to the animated Meg
When her fans (known as Arianators) found out that Grande was performing this particular tune for The Disney Family Singalong, they couldn’t help but begin the fan-casting. After Grande shared images from the film of Meg during the song, the resemblance became clear to many.
“Pls play her in live action. CC: @Disney,” tweeted writer Evan Ross Katz. “You were born to play this character,” added another Twitter user, posting photos of Grande with her signature high ponytail, the same hairstyle that Meg wears in the film. The attitude, the look — it’s all there.
The original voice of Meg supports her
It’s not just Grande stans who see the artist in this role. “Couldn’t be more perfect!” tweeted Susan Egan, who voiced Meg in Hercules. “@Ariana Grande is the greatest thing since the pocket in the pita!” she continued, citing one of the character’s lines from the film. She even praised Grande’s brother, Frankie Grande.
Grande herself simply replied, “omg.” Now that she has the official approval of the original Meg, and she’s shown how well she can perform the character’s signature song, it’s only a matter of time before the head honchos at Disney sign off on the real thing.