We couldn't agree more! Besides the hair colour, Emma just has the spirit that makes Belle one of our all-time fave Disney princesses (no offence Cindy). Emma agrees, saying of Belle: “She remains curious, compassionate and open-minded and that’s the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice. There’s this kind of outsider quality that Belle had, and the fact she had this really empowering defiance of what was expected of her. In a strange way, she challenges the status quo of the place she lives in, and I found that really inspiring. She manages to keep her integrity and have a completely independent point of view. She’s not easily swayed by other people’s perspective—not swayed by fear-mongering or scapegoating.”
YES TO ALL THIS! But even Emma wanted to make some tweaks to Belle, and only agreed to come on board if it was a collaborative process with the director Bill Condon. And that's how small changes like Belle being the inventor instead of her dad came about, because Emma wondered what Belle did “all day.”
Bring on March!!!