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Anika Noni Rose talks about new Disney role

Linda Armstrong | 4/12/2011, 4:39 p.m.
Anika Noni Rose talks about new Disney role

Tiana is a waitress who has dreams of one day owning her own restaurant and cooking gumbo. She is a very determined, hard-working young girl. The character is very down-to-earth, and Rose shared, "I very much liked who she was. I really understood this young woman and her journey and what she was trying to do. I come from a very small town in Connecticut; when I walked around saying I wanted to be an actor, who supported me? No one but my parents. I get that. I get wanting to do something that is bigger than your environment. And seeing the wall come up and saying, 'Well, I'll just go to the left of that.' I got this girl and I like her very much."

Rose was pleasantly surprised to see that the Tiana doll is made in her likeness. "When I saw it, I was a weeping mess. What an honor. I was blown away. I was just excited to make a noise in a Disney film. I just wanted to be there because it's so a part of our culture. I feel honored and blessed to be part of this major part of America."

Describing her favorite scene in the movie, Rose said, "I love the opening of the movie, that you get to see this beautiful, complete family. I love the fact that you get to see this baby being loved on by her father. I love the fact that you see a little girl being encouraged to reach for the stars and she feels that she could touch [them] if she reached out."

"The Princess and the Frog" features a wonderful range of music styles, including jazz, blues, gospel, Dixieland and zydeco. The songs were created by Oscar-winning composer Randy Newman. The film is directed by Ron Clements and John Musker and has an original story by Clements, Musker, Greg Erb and Jason Oremland. The screenplay is by Clements, Musker and Rob Edwards.

Go and enjoy the performances of Rose and this amazing cast.