Meet the Voices Behind Your Favorite Disney Princesses

From Cinderella to Moana!
by Ayessa De La Peña   |  Jul 23, 2017
Image: Mandy Moore | instagram.com/mandymooremm, Walt Disney
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Ever been curious about who gives life to your favorite Disney princesses in the movies? Yup, we do too! There are times when we want to meet them and even ask them what it's like to be the voices that give our favorite ladies life on the big screen. 

So because our curiosity, we went ahead and looked for them online! Candy Girls, meet the ladies behind your favorite Disney princesses. 

  1. Moana (Moana) - Auli'i Cravalho

Before Moana: Before her acting debut in the Disney movie, Auli'i was studying as a freshman at the Kamehameha Schools' Kap?lama. She revealed in interviews that she wasn't initially going to audition for the role, but an agent who discovered her at a charity competition and encouraged her to do so. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Where to catch her next: This 16-year-old is set to lend her beautiful voice next and reprise her role as Moana in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. She also part of the upcoming NBC drama Rise, based on Michael Sokolove's best-selling young adult book Drama High, where she'll play Lillette.

  1. Queen Elsa (Frozen) - Idina Menzel

Before Frozen: Even before lending her voice to Queen Elsa, Idina's already been making noise in the theater world. The multi-awarded actress is known for her fantastic performances in Broadway's Rent and Wicked. To Disney fans, she's also known as Nancy in the movie Enchanted.

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Where to catch her next: She is currently on the Idina World Tour 2017 to promote her self-titled album. 

  1. Anna (Frozen) - Kristen Bell

Before Frozen: To her fans, Kristen is known as private investigator Veronica Mars, which ran from 2004 until 2007, and Gossip Girl—yup, she's the voice of Gossip Girl!

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  1. Rapunzel (Tangled) - Mandy Moore

Before Tangled: Before giving life to the character of Rapunzel, Mandy's mostly known for her songs (she's a pop star, ICYDK!) and for playing Jamie Elizabeth Carter in the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' A Walk to Remember.

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Where to catch her next: Catch her next in 2018's The Darkest Minds and as Rebecca Pearson in NBC's drama series This Is Us.

  1. Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) - Anika Noni Rose

Before The Princess and the Frog: Anika is best known for playing Lorrell Robinson in the musical Dreamgirls.

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Where to catch her next: After playing Amandla Stenberg's mom in Everything Everything, Anika is set to reprise her role as Tiana next year in Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

  1. Mulan (Mulan) - Ming Na Wen

Before Mulan: After starring in 1993's The Joy Luck Club, the actress went on and played Dr. Chen in the medical drama series ER.

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Where to catch her next: Catch her kicking ass as Agent Melinda May on Agents of SHIELD.

  1. Princess Jasmine (Aladdin) - Linda Larkin

Before Aladdin: For TV series fans, Linda's known for her parts on Doogie HowserM.D. and Murder, and She Wrote.

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After Aladdin: After being cast as the speaking voice (Lea Salonga for the singing voice) of Princess Jasmine, Linda often returned to play the character in sequels like The Return of JafarKing of the Thieves, and the Aladdin TV series.

  1. Pocahontas (Pocahontas) - Irene Bedard

Before Pocahontas: Before giving life to Pocahontas' character in the movie, Irene starred in the films Squanto: A Warrior's Tale as Nakooma and in Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee as Mary Crow Dog.

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Where to catch her next: Irene plays the character of Kimi Lucero on the mystery series The Mist. Like the other Disney princesses, she's also set to reprise her role as Pocahontas for Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

  1. Ariel (The Little Mermaid) - Jodi Benson

Before The Little Mermaid: Jodi was busy with her work in the Broadway before landing her role in The Little Mermaid. She is best known for her starring role in the musical Smile, where she worked with Howard Ashman who later on wrote lyrics for The Little Mermaid

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After The Little Mermaid: Playing Ariel opened a lot of doors for Jodi! After the movie, she went on and gave life to Thumbelina, Helen of Troy for Hercules, and Barbie in Toy Story 2. Catch her next year as Ariel in Wreck-It Ralph 2 and in 2019 as Barbie in Toy Story 4.

  1. Belle (Beauty and the Beast) - Paige O'Hara

Before Beauty and the Beast: Before being the singing and speaking voice of Belle, Paige was known for her role in the Broadway revivel of Showboat in 1983 and in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! in 1979.

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After Beauty and the Beast: After playing Belle, Paige broke Broadway fans' hearts when she played Fantine in Broadway's 1995 Les Miserables. She's set to give life to Belle again in Wreck-It Ralph 2 just like her fellow Disney princesses.

  1. Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) - Adriana Caselotti

Before Snow White: The actress, who was educated in an Italian convent, studied singing lessons with her father when they returned to the United States. A casting director then called her father if any of his students wanted to audition. Of course, Adriana did... and she got the part!

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After Snow White: The actress played bit roles in movies, including The Wizard of Oz. She then participated in the publicity of the many reissues of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs through the years. Adriana passed away in Los Angeles in January 19, 1997.

  1. Cinderella (Cinderella) - Ilene Woods

Before Cinderella: It was by wonderful accident that Ilene was cast to be the speaking and singing voice of Cinderella. She was just doing her friends Mark David and Jerry Livingston when she recorded "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo", "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes", and "So This Is Love". However, Walt Disney heard the demos and hired her!

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After Cinderella: The actress moved on to work for television after the success of Cinderella. She appeared on The Steve Allen Show, The Gary Moore Show, and Arthur Godfrey and His Friends. In 1985, she moved on to a new field—painting portraits, especially that of children's. Ilene passed away on July 1, 2010 in Canoga Park, California.

Who is you favorite Disney princess? Let's talk in the comments or via Twitter @candymagdotcom. We always love hearing from you. :)

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Ayessa De La Peña
Candymag.com Assistant Section Editor
I am Candymag.com's resident fangirl and ~*feelings*~ girl. When I'm not busy researching about what to write next on the website, I sleep, read books, and re-watch episodes of Friends.
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