Brandy Shares How Whitney Houston and ‘Cinderella’ Changed Her Life Forever (Exclusive)February 12, 2021
Brandy can’t wait for a new generation to discover Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. ET’s Rachel Smith spoke with Brandy to celebrate the news that the Whitney Houston-led version of the classic fairy tale is finally coming to streaming.
“What I love about this film, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, is that we’re gonna see her in this enchanting light,” Brandy says of Whitney, who died in 2012. “This is how we need to see her… Her voice, her talent, her vision for, not just me, but this entire cast and bringing this whole film to life, it’s unforgettable.”
Brandy stars as the first Black Cinderella in the 1997 film, alongside Houston, who plays the Fairy Godmother. Whoopi Goldberg, Paolo Montalban, Victor Garber, Bernadette Peters and Jason Alexander also appear in the fan-favorite flick.
“She has changed my life forever and she’s gonna change so many others that never really got to see her in her prime,” she adds. “I’m so glad that they’re gonna see her in this light. This is the light that she should always shine in.”
Thanks to the movie’s diverse cast, this movie marked the first time many fans saw themselves represented in a fairytale of Disney proportions. After months of fans pushing for the groundbreaking film to be added to Disney+, they got their wish when the streaming service announced it was doing just that. Fans were quick to celebrate on Twitter, with one calling the movie “everything” and another admitting that she “could cry” from excitement.
Brandy is just as excited as those Twitter users, admitting that she “couldn’t believe” the news initially.
“I heard so much chatter about it. I know the fans have been asking about it. I believe there was a petition. I know that so many people have been hitting up Disney+ like, ‘Come on! You gotta have Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella on there! It’s Whitney Houston!'” Brandy says. “I’m so glad that it has a home now. It has the perfect home for this new generation to really just soak it all in and really understand that this is something that they’ve never really truly seen before.”