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If ’13 Reasons Why’ Actor Christian Navarro Actually Nails The Part Of Prince Eric For ‘Little Mermaid’ Disney Wins All

Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid” has stirred up all kinds of excitement and inspiration since it was announced that Black actress Halle Bailey would take on the role of Ariel. Bailey’s casting has sparked all kinds of speculation over the rest of the cast announcements to come. After all, if Disney is willing to divert from expectations for the movie’s titular character by going with a Black actress for a role that originally depicted a white character, it seems like anything goes in this new remake.

And it seems as if our very own Christian Navarro has the same thing in mind.

Recently, the “13 Reasons Why” actor revealed that he has his sights set on high seas when it comes to the Disney remake. And it looks like he might just have the wind at his sails.

In early August after hearing that singer Harry Styles had passed on the role of Prince Eric, Navarro vocalized his desire to take on the role.

In a post to his Twitter page the actor wrote “So I heard Harry Styles passed on Prince Eric, well…I can sing. Black Ariel/Latino Prince…no ones called but Season 3 drops next week and I think it’s one hell of an audition.”

Of course, it didn’t take long for fans to jump on board with this campaign and this past Tuesday, Navarro updated fans that Disney had seen his tweet and gave him an opportunity to show off what he could do. “Tapes sent. Fingers crossed. Let’s make some history,” Navarro said in the tweet.

No news yet on how Navarro did but we have to say it’s pretty bold to put out your ambitions on the internet like that. Of course’ well be sitting tight on Navarro’s Twitter page to see how his tapes went, but for now, we’ll also be fantasizing.

Take a peek below!

1. Josh Segarra

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Josh Segarra is a Puerto Rican-American singer and actor that has been the star of numerous Broadway musicals, including the Gloria Estefan-inspired Broadway show “On Your Feet”, in which he played Emilio Estefan. His singing and acting talents, as well as his chiseled features, would make him the perfect Prince Eric.

2. Bruno Mars

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Who wouldn’t love to see Puerto Rican-Filipino Bruno Mars on the big screen, playing the Knight in Shining Armor who rescues Ariel from her doomed fate as one of Ursula’s Poor Unfortunate Souls? Although Prince Eric doesn’t have any musical numbers in the original movie, we’re sure that they’d add a song or two for Mr. Mars.

3. Maluma

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Women of all ages would flock to the movie theaters to see Colombian heartthrob Maluma play the dashing Prince Eric. Not only can he sing, but any woman in their right mind would understand why Ariel would give up her voice for a chance at winning this hottie’s heart.

4. Rome Flynn

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Twitter is already abuzz with the idea of Afro-Cuban zaddy Rome Flynn playing Prince Eric opposite to Halle Bailey’s Ariel. Just look at that smolder. He could melt any girl’s heart.

5. Anthony Ramos

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Sure, you saw him and loved him in supporting roles in fan-favorites like “Hamilton” and a “Star is Born”, but we think it’s time for Nuyorican actor Anthony Ramos to take his rightful place as a leading man now. Those freckles, that smile…sigh.

6. Michael Galante

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We’ve seen up-and-coming Latino actor Michael Galante on guilty pleasure TV shows like “Jane the Virgin” and “The Good Fight”, but we think it’s time this talented guy takes a leap to the silver screen. We mean, just check out this sexy Instagram account.

7. Miguel

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Miguel is a talented singer of mixed Mexican and Black descent. He’s already shown us he can act in the neo-noir movie “Live By Night”, and we’re sure he could pull of the smiley, charismatic Prince Eric in this new movie.

8. Diego Boneta

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We know, we know–you’re sick of seeing Diego Boneta on our dream cast lists, but there’s a reason he keeps popping up in our imagination! This Mexican actor is not only gorgeous, but he’s is musically talented as well. Boneta first showed off his singing skills in the telenovela, “Rebelde”, and then he went on to release a self-titled album in select Latin American countries. We honestly think he was made for the role of Prince Eric.

9. Prince Royce

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Prince Royce is the Dominican Prince we’ve been waiting to see on the big screen. Can’t you just imagine him jumping into the ocean in a desperate attempt to save Halle Bailey from certain doom? We know we could.

10. Tyler Posey

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Tyler Posey has the exact kind of face that would make any girl fall in love with him after seeing him on the deck of a boat for five minutes. Additionally, the actor of Mexican descent fronts his own band called “Lost in Kostko”.

11. Tristan Mack Wilds

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Tristan Wilds has a resume that would put most young actors to shame. The Cuban-American actor has been in critically-acclaimed movies like “The Secret Life of Bees” and  “Red Tails” and he’s also starred in hit TV shows like the “90210” reboot and “Shots Fired.”  We’d love to see him put on an over-the-top costume for “The Little Mermaid” and show us his range.

12. Danilo Carrera

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Danilo Carrera is a stunning Ecuadorian actor and model who bears an uncanny resemblance to Prince Eric. We would love to see him break into the US market with a meaty role in a big-budget film like “The Little Mermaid” remake.

13. Jencarlos Canela

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Jencarlos Canela is a triple threat: actor, singer, Cubano. But, seriously, this talented guy definitely has what it takes to hold his own against Halle Bailey in this live-action remake. Just check out his incredible Insta account!

14. Ismael Cruz Cordova

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Puerto Rican actor Ismael Cruz Cordova had an incredible year, starring in both “Mary Queen of Scots” with Saoirse Ronan and “Miss Bala” with Gina Rodriguez, so we know he could handle being on the set of a blockbuster movie like “The Little Mermaid”. And not only is Cordova incredibly talented, but he’s also incredibly hot.

15. Samuel Larsen

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Samuel Larsen first hit the scene by entering the TV contest “The Glee Project” and winning a role on the hit TV series, “Glee”. Most recently, Larsen flexed his acting chops in the role of Zed in the sexy teen drama “After”.This brooding actor/singer of Mexican descent would be a really interesting choice to play the traditionally upbeat role of Prince Eric.

16. Diego Tinoco

@diegotinoco/Instagram You may know Diego Tinoco as the character Cesar Diaz on the Netflix show “On My Block”. Tinoco may seem young, but one look at his Instagram page, and you’d be well-assured that he’s old enough to play a leading man in a Disney movie. Cesar Diaz is all grown up!

17. Froy Gutierrez

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You may know Mexican-American actor Froy Gutierrez from shows such as “Bella and the Bulldogs”, “One Day at a Time”, and “Teen Wolf”. It’s easy to imagine Gutierrez standing on a beach, looking out into the sea for his long-lost love, Ariel. We definitely stan this dream casting.

Christian Navarro Allegedly Deleted Tweets That Called Disney Out For Saying They Wanted To Cast ‘European’ Prince Eric

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Christian Navarro Allegedly Deleted Tweets That Called Disney Out For Saying They Wanted To Cast ‘European’ Prince Eric

Earlier this summer in July, Disney announced its decision to cast Halle Bailey from Chloe x Halle to play princess Ariel in their live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. Variety reported that although director Rob Marshall had spent a couple of months meeting with potential princess Ariel’s, the R&B singer Halle Bailey was the clear choice for the role of Ariel since the start. And while buzz from just a few weeks ago about a Latino prince had us pumped… 

It turns out Disney is still looking for their Prince Eric. And they want him a little more “European.”

From singer Harry Styles to now 13 Reasons Why actor Christian Navarro, there’s been a lot of rumors going on about who will play Prince Eric in the live-action adaption of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. 

Earlier in August, Navarro tweeted that he had heard Harry Styles pass on the Prince Eric role, so he threw his name in the hat so Disney could have its first “Latino Prince” alongside its first “Black Ariel.” 

After much support from his fans and after campaigning for about a month on Twitter to be the next Prince Eric, Navarro tweeted on September 3 that Disney had seen his tweet and gave his team a call. 

People on Twitter were quick to show their support of the actor and one fan told him, “you’re going to kill this audition! Hoping you’ll represent us in the Latinx community as becoming the first Latino Disney Prince. If not, at least you put yourself out there!” 

“They wanted to see what I could do,” the 13 Reasons Why actor wrote in his tweet. “Tapes sent. Fingers crossed. Let’s make some history.” 

But on Wednesday, according to Daily Mail, Navarro claimed that he was not cast as Prince Eric in the upcoming live-action adaption of The Little Mermaid because allegedly Disney wanted someone more “European” for the role. 

Yesterday, the New York-born and Puerto Rican actor, broke the news to fans that he had actually been turned down for the role. 

According to Daily Mail, Navarro wrote in a tweet along with an eye-roll emoji that, “Disney said no. They’d like someone more ‘European.’ And we know what that means. In good times be grateful. In bad times be graceful.”

However, the tweets in question don’t seem to still be posted on his Twitter account. Navarro has seemingly deleted them without explanation. 

Daily Mail further reports that although the actor didn’t explicitly mention The Little Mermaid live-action remake in any of his tweets, but fans were quick to assume that he was referring to Disney’s film. The publication has also reached out to Disney for further comment on Navarro’s claim about them wanting to go for someone more “European” looking.

Navarro’s tweet detailing the rejection received more than 2,500 likes in the first three hours that it was posted and according to Daily Mail, fans reactions ranged from supportive to outraged. 

One fan tweeted to Navarro that they were “disappointed.” 

“It’s their loss cause you’d have made a brilliant prince Eric without a doubt. I’m sure you’ll get better roles to play!!,” the fan added. 

It’s safe to say that we’re not necessarily surprised if Navarro’s claim were true since many people had a lot to say when Halle Bailey was cast as The Little Mermaid‘s Ariel.

 People on social media were quick to express their unsolicited (and racist) comments about Ariel being cast as Ariel. Disney’s decision was met with backlash as people objected to a black woman being cast as Ariel using the hashtag #NotMyAriel. 

But who cares what the haters say, right?

For many young women who have yet to see themselves rightfully represented in media, Disney’s decision is significant and a small step toward accurate representation. 

The Little Mermaid live-action adaptation will incorporate original songs from the OG animated film as well as new songs from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manual Miranda, Variety reports. Miranda is also part of the production team for the film.  

The film’s cast also includes Jacob Tremblay as Flounder, Awkwafina as Scuttle, Javier Bardem as King Triton and Melissa McCarthy as Ursula (a role that rapper Lizzo and “Truth Hurts” singer hinted at wanting as well). 

Production for Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is set to begin in early 2020, but who knows if they’ll stay on the timeline when they have yet to fill the leading male role.  

Ultimately, we hope that this doesn’t dissuade Navarro from pursuing other roles that he wouldn’t normally go after because we need more actors like him representing the community. 

The Deaf Latina From The ‘Little Mermaid’ Series Was Disney’s Most Criminally Underrated Feminist

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The Deaf Latina From The ‘Little Mermaid’ Series Was Disney’s Most Criminally Underrated Feminist

For little girls of the 90s, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” was more than a box office sensation. It was an adventure into another world, an introduction to romance, and an important lesson on why as women we need our voices. Yeah, ICYMI: “The Little Mermaid” was hopped up on all types of feminism.

It was a huge deal. So much so that the studios launched a television series of the same name in 1993 that deep-dove even further into the adventures of Ariel’s life and lessons on girl power. Most importantly, the show introduced the production giant’s coolest representation of intersectional feminism of ALL time.

In the television series “The Little Mermaid,” Gabriella was Ariel’s deaf Latina mermaid friend, AKA: Disney’s great educator of diversity.

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Ariel’s friend was introduced on the show as a character who loved to dance, did American Sign Language, and had a sweet octopus sidekick named Ollie who interpreted her every word for hearing viewers.

The character was a huge lesson in inclusivity for Disney’s young audience.

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By it’s definition (equality for all) feminism works towards the rights of all people no matter what identity or trait causes them to become oppressed by society and made into a minority. Still, even today, the entertainment industry struggles to project this discipline onto it’s screens. Ethnic, racial, gender, and disability representation on children’s tv shows goes particularly underrepresented. So, for a show of the early 90s to include a Latina face on a cartoon show and one who had a disability was pretty big deal. It’s why I have zero understanding as to why the show and it’s powerful Latina character has been labeled as anything other than I C O N I C.

Gabriella’s character was based on an actual fan of “The Little Mermaid” who passed away from cancer.

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Gabriella Angelina Bommino had been a 2-year-old cancer patient in 1992 when she became an avid fan of the 1989 animated movie. In a 1993 Los Angeles Times article, her parents described how their daughter watched “The Little Mermaid” upwards of four times a day throughout the course of her cancer treatments until she died in November of 1992. Ultimately, Bommino inspired the image of the show’s Latina character.

And Gabriella also taught viewers a thing or two about the underestimated abilities of people with disabilities.

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In an episode where the Latina mermaid expresses her desire to be able to sing like Ariel, the two mermaids head over to the Magical Wishing Starfish for a bit of his magic. Together they request that he give Gabriella the ability to sing and for Ariel to obtain Gabriella’s dance skills. In the end, while the Magical Wishing Starfish is revealed to be a fraud magician, he does drop some pretty great knowledge: Gabriella can sing through Sign Language and she can also teach her friend Ariel to dance.

Tell me that’s not an empowering moment!

Check out Gabriella’s ASL and dance skills below:


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