"The cartoon was so focused on her finding true love, and it’s not even in her mind at all in this film."
Bailey told Yahoo, “We keep a lot of the meat of the film that made us all fall in love with [it]. It’s really her, and her gumption. And just excitement for the life above [her] world. ...It’s also updated with the current times... She really just goes for what she wants. She’s not scared. And it’s not all about a boy. It’s all about what she wants for herself, and her life. She inspires me.”
Bailey said, “I think the most magical part of it all is…the fact that I get to represent all these little Black and brown boys and girls...because I know that if I had that when I was younger, it would have changed my whole perspective on life.”
Zegler said, “She’s so focused in becoming the leader that her father tells her that she can be. And she’s really trying to find the courage to stand up to the Evil Queen and how to find her own agency and rule a kingdom."
"In 1937, the cartoon was so focused on her finding true love, and it’s not even in her mind at all in this film... And she meets so many incredible people along the way. And maybe she finds love. Maybe she finds friendship. But what’s really important is that she finds her own voice.”