Did Beyonce go into full-on diva mode and expect to land the role of Princess Tiana in the animated Disney film The Princess and the Frog without so much as an audition?
According to Jen Rudin – the casting director of the movie – she did. In her book, ‘Confessions of a Casting Director’, she reveals that the superstar expected to be given the role on a plate without auditioning like everyone else.
She explained: “Beyoncé expected an offer, but wouldn’t audition and so she didn’t get one. Tyra Banks, Jennifer Hudson wanted it.”
In contrast, songstress Alicia Keys “auditioned three times” and Tyra tried out even though she was
not a singer: “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”
It’s not surprising all the stars were falling over themselves to grab the groundbreaking part as the first black Disney Princess in history. What is strange is that Bey didn’t try harder to bag the coveted role.
In the end, the job went to Beyonce ‘Dreamgirls’ co-star Anika Noni Rose, who Jen claims “was the most qualified.” Ouch! Luckily for Beyonce – although she lost out on that part – she went on to play Queen Tara in the 3D animated flick, Epic. Alicia Keys also tried out for the role three times and still got rejected!
Why play a Princess when you’re already a Queen Bey?