According to Jen Rudin, whose book Confessions of a Casting Director hits stores next month, several high profile Hollywood women were gunning to land the role of Tiana in Disney’s animated film, Princess and the Frog.
The 2009 film was a fairy tale set in Jazz Age-era New Orleans and centered around a young Black woman named Tiana and her fateful kiss with a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again.
The lead role went Anika Noni Rose, but Jennifer Hudson and Beyonce, her Dreamgirls co-stars, wanted it as well. And while Beyonce had a chance at getting the gig, Rudin says the actress acted a bit too entitled for her own good. “Beyoncé expected an offer, but wouldn’t audition and so she didn’t get one,” Rudin explained.
“Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson wanted it,” the author continued. “Alicia Keys auditioned three times … They had to sing, so we made it clear they needed sheet music. Tyra came in with a CD, but it didn’t matter because she was so pretty and nice.”
And in the end, the role went to Noni Rose, because according to Rudin, she “was the most qualified.”
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