Lea Michele Says Getting Shaded by Lindsay Lohan Was an Honor
When it was announced that Lea Michele would play Ariel in a live performance of Disney's The Little Mermaid at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles last April, there were a few critics — and one of them was Lindsay Lohan. The redheaded actor wrote "huh" under an Instagram post that shared the casting news and fans ran with the reaction, insisting that Lohan, a redheaded à la Ariel, was implying that something was amiss. Michele cleared the air during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and People reports that, at least from her end, there are no hard feelings. In fact, she's honored that Lohan would even have an opinion.
"It was very interesting," Michele told Andy when he asked her about the incident. "I find it to be an honor, truly."
"It's classic, classic," she added. "It was great — I'm down with it, of course!"
People adds that Ariel is one of the roles that Lohan has wanted to play for years. Back in 2018, she posted an Instagram Story saying that she'd love to play the mermaid alongside Meryl Streep in the role of Ursula. Michele played the rambunctious Disney princess for two shows back in May. Harvey Fierstein played Ursula in that production and Peter Gallagher and Ken Page rounded out the cast as King Triton and Sebastian.
The animated classic is celebrating its 30th anniversary and Disney isn't being subtle with its celebrations. There was Michele's special performance, a live-action TV special starring Auli'i Cravalho as Ariel and Queen Latifah as Ursula, and filming has started on a live-action remake of the story with Halle Bailey in the title role.