When asked about the racist backlash surrounding Disney's initial announcement that Halle would take on the role of the iconic red-haired mermaid, Jonah noted how the positive reactions outshined the negative ones.
The 28-year-old English actor said, "[The negative critiques] became more and more ridiculous the more I worked with her, the more I realized how incredible she was and how born she was for the role."
Disney's animated The Little Mermaid (1989) was based on Hans Christian Andersen's 19th-century story, and Jonah addressed those who were upset about the remake's "accuracy."
"It’s fascinating that people didn’t mind all of the changes that were made from [the original story]," he said.
Halle and Jonah aren't afraid to show off their loving friendship, and Jonah was quick to praise his costar in the interview: "I was so impressed that [Halle] deals with everything with such graciousness and elegance."
The duo appear to be very close onscreen and off, and it makes a lot of sense, considering the amazing chemistry they have together.
If you're itching to see Halle and Jonah on the big screen, The Little Mermaid is out now!