Halle Berry is taking a lighthearted approach to a hilarious instance of mistaken identification. The 55-year-old actress posted a video of herself on the red carpet, set to Erica Banks’ On They Neck from the soundtrack of her directorial debut, Bruised.
Halle Berry, who is also a first-time director, had an odd response from a fan who mistook her for 21-year-old actress/singer Halle Bailey.
“Can’t wait to see you under da sea,” tweeted Twitter user @Whad Chitman in response to the video, referring to the popular song from The Little Mermaid.
Halle Berry realised he was talking to Halle Bailey, who was cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action rendition of The Little Mermaid in July of this year.
“… wrong Halle lol,” the actress added as a reply to the tweet. “I can’t wait to see her too though!”
This isn’t the first time the two have been confused. The uncertainty was cleared up by Berry herself when the announcement was made last year, when she thanked Bailey — who is one half of the musical duo Chloe x Halle alongside sister Chloe Bailey — on earning the job on Twitter.
In July 2019, the “Catwoman” actor tweeted, “In case you needed a reminder.”
“Halles get it DONE. Congratulations on this amazing opportunity, we can’t wait to see what you do!” she said, tagging the singer. Bailey replied, “This means the world. happy to share names with you. Love you lots.”
The live-action remake of The Little Mermaid follows Ariel, played by Bailey, as she makes a deal with a sea witch in order to experience life above water for the first time. Ursula is played by Melissa McCarthy, with Prince Eric played by Jonah Hauer-King, King Triton played by Javier Bardem, and Carlotta played by Noma Dumezweni.
Sebastian is voiced by Daveed Diggs, Flounder is voiced by Jacob Tremblay, and Scuttle is voiced by Awkwafina in the live-action/animation hybrid.
Bailey has also appeared in the Freeform TV series Grown-ish, a spin-off of ABC’s Black-ish, as Skylar ‘Sky’ Forrester.
Berry made her directing debut with the Netflix film Bruised, in which she also played as Jackie Justice, a disgraced MMA fighter. She’ll next be featured in Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, and Donald Sutherland’s big-budget catastrophe film Moonfall, which hits theatres on February 4th.