Linda Woolverton was a playwright and author when she got her start with Disney, writing 1991’s era-defining hit Beauty and the Beast, and since then has written Disney standouts like The Lion King, Maleficent, and Alice in Wonderland. This weekend brings Alice Through the Looking Glass, her first sequel, and next year marks another huge landmark: the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, based on the characters she created more than 20 years ago. Vanity Fair caught up with Woolverton to talk about her thoughts on Emma Watson as Belle, her record-breaking career, and some of the burning questions about Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King that the Internet just can't let go of.
Beauty and the Beast will have a live-action adaptation next year. What will it be like for you to see Belle come to life, as portrayed by Emma Watson, after all these years?
I haven’t seen it yet but I think that’s fantastic. I absolutely think she is amazing and a perfect Belle, really. I thought it was a great casting choice. It was my first-born child, so there’s a little bit of possessiveness, which really I had to let it go. So it’s probably good for me not to have seen it just yet and just see it when it’s all done and all pretty and perfect and that’s exciting.