Lizzo, who had long been fancast as Ursula in The Little Mermaid, reveals she actually auditioned for the role!
Grammy award-winning singer Lizzo was ready to put her own twist on the villainous sea witch Ursula.
In a new interview with Variety, Lizzo reflected on auditioning for Rob Marshall’s live-action The Little Mermaid and ultimately losing out on her chance to play Ursula to actress Melissa McCarthy.
Lizzo expressed no hard feelings toward the situation. However, she did share how she would have made the character her own if she had nabbed the role.
“Everyone knows I auditioned for Ursula in [Disney’s upcoming live-action] ‘The Little Mermaid,’ and I didn’t get it. But you know, I’m fine as hell,” she said. That has nothing to do with Ursula, but I was down to make Ursula a THOT, shaking ass.”
Lizzo was proud of her audition, despite telling Melissa McCarthy that it was "terrible."
She saw McCarthy when they were both at the taping for Adele’s CBS special.
“She was like, ‘Hi, I’m Melissa,’” Lizzo recalled to Variety. “And I was like, ‘Hi, I’m Melissa. And I also auditioned for Ursula.’ And she was like, ‘Well, why the hell did I get the part?,’ which is a classic Melissa McCarthy thing to say. And then I was like, ‘Girl, because my audition was terrible.’ And I say that as Tyler Perry walks by. And I was like — ruined my chances there. And then she goes, ‘This is my daughter Vivian.’ And I’m like, ‘Get out of here, because my name is Melissa Viviane.’ We were looking at each other like, ‘What the hell is going on?’”
The singer quickly clarified that she was only kidding, noting that her audition went well.
“My audition wasn’t terrible,” she said. “Sometimes I like to make jokes. My audition was good. You can ask Disney. I don’t want to talk too much about it. The singing was great. I’ll just say that.”
Although she wasn’t cast in The Little Mermaid, Lizzo is set to appear in several upcoming projects, including the new unscripted series Watch Out for the Big Grrrls. The series will drop March 25 on Amazon Prime.