Brandy is opening up about working on the 1997 movie Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella and she revealed that something is in the works!
Nearly 24 years after the movie aired on ABC as the re-launch of The Wonderful World of Disney, the movie is being added to the Disney+ streaming service.
Brandy chatted with Vulture and talked about the colorblind casting, wearing her braids while playing Cinderella, working with Whitney Houston, and what she has in the works.
On the colorblind casting: “I couldn’t grasp it all because I was so young. I didn’t really understand how revolutionary this was going to be, how big of an impact it was going to be. I knew that it was special, but I didn’t really know how special. When I was able to see it all come together and see the finished product of it, I was like, Wow, this is different. This is something I had never seen. It inspired me. It was as if I wasn’t even watching me as Cinderella.”
On wearing braids in the movie: “I just absolutely love braids. You can still see they’re still in my hair today. That was what I felt would be so much cooler — if Cinderella also had braids, you know? Because, yes, there’s the first Black princess. That’s amazing. Unbelievable… I love that they allowed me to have braids. It was so beautiful. It represents who I am, who Black women are. It speaks to our culture.”
On working with Whitney: “Oh my God, the singing in the studio was unbelievable. Like, we just have so many beautiful moments and it’s actually captured. You can find it — our chemistry, us trying different melodies, trying different notes. We just were very open with each other and it was a collaborative effort. And then performing it in the actual film, like shooting with her — it was just so fun. I never could have believed that if you told me that when I was a kid.”
On making a soundtrack for the movie, which never happened in the 90s: “I know! I am working on that. I am definitely working on that. I keep hearing the talks about it.”
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