Wondering Who Played Ursula’s Human Alter Ego in “The Little Mermaid”? Meet Jess Alexander
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” is filled with plenty of familiar faces, including Halle Bailey, Melissa McCarthy, and Javier Bardem. But the film also features a handful of fresh faces, like Jessica Alexander, who plays Ursula’s human alter ego, Vanessa.
Alexander wanted to pursue acting from a young age and landed her first major role on the Italian teen drama, “Penny on M.A.R.S.,” which aired on Disney Channel in Italy from 2018 to 2020. Following her success on the show, Alexander went on to star in the BBC iPlayer series “Get Even,” which helped her gain popularity onscreen and land roles in “Glasshouse,” “A Banquet,” and “Into the Deep” between 2021 and 2022.
In March 2021, Alexander got her big break stateside when she was cast to play Vanessa in the live-action adaptation of “The Little Mermaid” and has been on everyone’s radar ever since. Touching on being a part of the film, the actor told Something About Rocks, “The film was way bigger than me. I just felt so in awe. I couldn’t stop thinking how lucky I was to be there. The costumes were so beautiful. I was walking on to set like, ‘Wow, this is intimidating.’ I’ve never felt so small on set before, but in a good way. It made me feel like a tiny cog of this amazing machine.”
Given Alexander’s versatility onscreen in “The Little Mermaid,” which hit theaters on May 26, we’re bound to see more of her in upcoming projects. Read on to learn more about the star!