'The Little Mermaid': Alyssa Milano Reveals She Was The Inspiration For Disney's Ariel (VIDEO)

The Surprising Inspiration For Disney's 'Little Mermaid'

Alyssa Milano is probably best known for playing Sam Micelli ("Who's The Boss?"), Jennifer Mancini ("Melrose Place") and Phoebe Halliwell ("Charmed"). But there's an even more iconic character she's behind that some people may not know about -- Princess Ariel from Disney's 1989 animated hit "The Little Mermaid."

"I didn't know that when it was going on, but they asked me to host the making of 'The Little Mermaid' and it came out there that the drawing and likeness of The Little Mermaid was based on pictures of me from when I was younger, which is so cool," Milano, who's currently starring on ABC's "Mistresses," revealed during an appearance on "The Wendy Williams Show."

"Doesn't that just make you want to dye your hair red and wear a clamshell bra all the time?" Williams asked.

"Yes, that's how I walk around at home," the actress replied with a laugh.

But the fact that Milano inspired The Little Mermaid is no joke. Though rumors have floated around Hollywood for years, it wasn't confirmed until recently that animator Glen Keane, who went on to create the Beast and Aladdin, looked at photos of young Milano -- as well as several other young girls and Sherri Stoner, who was the live action model -- to see what was considered attractive to young women at the time.

You can catch Milano on "Mistresses," Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on ABC and "The Wendy Williams Show" airs weekdays. Check local listings for time and channel.

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